I used to be already toying with the concept of canceling the Sacramento century and simply doing one from residence. With GPS, it’s probably not essential to do an organized problem as a result of you’ve got your coaching log to point out what you’ve got executed. However what was actually driving that is that the air high quality out within the central valley, together with the Sacramento space, has been poor currently due to the big wildfires which are nonetheless not contained. There’s an excellent likelihood this won’t have resolved itself by early October when the Sacramento century is scheduled. In distinction, the place I reside, we’re lucky sufficient to typically have a prevailing wind bringing clear ocean air inland, so our air high quality has been a lot better.
I used the ridewithgps free app to map out an excellent principally flat route for an area century. I used to be going to do just a few extra weeks of coaching then go for the century in early October. Fridays are my lengthy experience days, and I had a six hour experience scheduled at this time. However I had an important coaching experience this morning and was feeling robust and quick. By lunchtime I’d already gone 72.5 miles in 4 hours 46 minutes, for a mean velocity of 15.4 mph. It occurred to me that in a pair extra hours I may simply go forward and knock off the century after lunch. So I did, making it to 100.69 miles in 6 hours 47 minutes, for an general common velocity of 14.84 mph. You’ll be able to see I slowed a bit after lunch, I used to be getting drained and the wind had picked up a bit. Nonetheless I’m ecstatic in regards to the outcome, I’d been hoping to maintain it underneath 7 hours. The final time I rode a century was again in 1982 on the age of 29. I don’t bear in mind my precise time however I don’t suppose this newest outcome, on the age of 68, was a lot slower, if in any respect. You lose a step or two with age however can overcome it, not less than to some extent, with smarter coaching.
The experience is damaged into a number of logs as a result of I restarted my GPS after I took breaks:
Complete 100.69 miles at common velocity 14.84, common coronary heart charge 121
I’m type of relieved this occurred. The coaching for a protracted distance like this was getting time consuming. Now it’s time to decide on my subsequent problem. I’m certain will probably be one thing shorter. Again after I was operating marathons, on two separate events I set a 10K private file a few months after finishing a marathon. I feel this was partly psychological, it felt good to do more durable however shorter coaching after spending a lot time on the lengthy stuff. However it was additionally physiological, the lengthy distance coaching for the marathon established an excellent “base”, after which a few months of speedwork led to an excellent outcome. I have to provide you with one thing equal now. However there’s no hurry. A number of restoration days can come first.