Not sure how many in this group are long distance riders (as opposed to racers). Just wondering how many of you out there are going for their triple crown this year? Having just completed Solvang, my mind is really into the double mindset. How is everyone doing in accomplishing their goals?
One thing I found challenging for training is the presense of hills ... but maybe that's because I'm not a hill climber. Trying to get in miles, but having to climb hills is tough. I figure it will make me stronger in the end, but the goal of getting more miles in becomes a challenge. The amount of work to do a 70 mile, 8,000 foot climb is definitely different than doing a 130 mile 5,000 foot climb. Different disciplines ... anyways, just wondering how everyone else is doing in preparing for this in the Bay Area.
I specifically put this in the Northern California community, because of the hilly terrain issues.
I did one DC last year (Davis), and decided that pursuing the Triple Crown was probably better left to more talented folks But I do have several friends that did it last year and are planning to again this year. Me, no...but I do think I will do at least one DC just to see if I can still do it, as well as a testing ground for the Everest Challenge later in the year (Terrible Two looks good for that).
3Rensho, Merlin XL, Melton custom, Michael Johnson tandem, Look 481SL, Pedal Force RS
You could always do what the family and I did yesterday and drive out to the Valley somewhere and just start riding a bunch of flat miles. We went out to Davis and ended up riding with bits and pieces of what appeared to be the Davis Brevet being run out there. Speaking of which, maybe you'd enjoy tackling that type of riding, too; seems like they're tougher than your run of the mill double.