Thursday, February 26, 2009

First Hundred Mile Month

100.4 miles.

Woo Hoo! Finished with a very nice coastal ride with Lu this morning.

As a goal it is admittedly a small one but significant for a recovering meathead. It's now official, I'm spending way more time on the bike than in the gym.

We road all 3 of my days off; 2 road rides and 1 very nice trail ride on the Gary Fishers.

Ok, so what's next?I think a 25 mile ride is definitely in order. My legs feel fantastic and I'm getting more and more comfortable on the bike. I'm even learning a little about sports foods for rides (in fact I've got a post percolating about my search for the perfect ride food. Coming soon to a theatre near you. Please check listings for times and dates).

After that? I definitely want to do 1000 miles this year. I'm off to a good start, just under 200 miles so far. A Century is in the mix as well. (Mike, I'll be calling you about coming down for that ride you mentioned).

All in all, a good start to the new year.

Now if I can only resist the bench press temptations.

Joe Weider, get thee behind me!


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Dance

I've said publicly and repeatedly that I was going to make 100 miles this month. Only problem was that as of this morning I had 67 with 4 days left. Oops.

Well, Lu and I decided to try for a new personal best. We went 12 miles on a nice ride last week so that was the mark to beat.

We decided to ride the recreation trail. Now if you've ever been to the Monterey area you're familiar with our Rec Trail. It's a nice, asphalt path, wide and smooth. It runs along the coast from Pacific Grove to Marina. I've ridden it a lot but we've never tried to ride it for distance before. It tends to attract a lot of walkers (many with dogs, big and small) but on weekdays it's not too bad. If you visit, bring your patience but also bring your bike.

We started in the parking lot of the Monterey Beach Hotel, a nice place right on the beach. We went to Asilomar and back. The ride took us through Monterey and Pacific Grove. Along the beach front and along the coast. Total distance?

15 miles.
Woo Hoo! A new personal best for Lu and I. My mileage is now at a more manageable 82 miles. Only 18 from my goal. I'm now even more impressed with those of you who regularly do 100 miles in a week, weekend or even in one ride. Bunch of showoffs.

I think I really am gonna make it.

I am so happy I will now do the Dance of Joy.