Thursday, April 10, 2008

Updates on my preparation

Lots of exciting things are happening or changing.

First, my spinning class ended last week. I know that I have greatly enhanced both my endurance and my strength. At the beginning I was easily out of breath and had a very high heart rate. Now I have to work a lot harder to get out of breath. But I have to transition the technique and stamina to riding on the road.

And now that the weather is better I will be biking outside more. For the last couple of weeks I've gotten out twice a week. But now I'm going to start biking at least 5 times a week. I'm no where near my initial training schedule, but I'm finding out a was a little ambitious in the amount of time I was expected to devout each week.

This last Sunday about 15 of the Sea to Sea cyclists met up at Riverside Park and biked up to Rockford. It was great to meet some new people, but I've already started to learn names of most of the people there. I look forward to doing this again! Here are some pictures from the ride.

Also, I have been focusing this week on deciding what gear I need and what I'm going to take. The only thing is that biking equipment is expensive. So the main items I'm deciding on are: digital camera, shoes, sleeping mat, new parts for my bike, and rain gear.

So only 78 days left till all the cyclists leave! It's seems it was only a little while ago that it was 200 days.

Image used courtesy of Countryboy1949. Some rights reserved.


Josh said...

Yeah, I know what you mean about figuring out gear. A month or so ago I drafted up a list of exactly how much stuff I thought I would like to have this summer. I'd like to see if I can pare it down a bit more because every extra pound takes extra gas all summer, but the main idea was to give me a clearer idea about the stuff I still needed to buy. I realized rather quickly though that lots of that stuff we probably only need one of on the semi-trailer.

I see you're supposed to be at 160 miles per week. I certainly haven't been doing that, I haven't even taken my good bike outside yet this year. I've been distracted trying to prepare for a half-marathon.

N E said...

I'm afraid that I didn't save the full URLs for Google Maps. Originally, I linked to them but I found that they were rather large and tended to distort the dimensions of my off-the-shelf blog.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to meeting you and the other cyclists!

Anonymous said...


What great fun! Congratulations on your decision. I wish you the best of luck and the highest endurance as you meet your goals.