Sunday, 08 September, 2002
Bicycle Training in a Tropical Storm
Tropical storm Fay is making my century training interesting. Friday's planned mountain bike ride (my first real trail ride in almost 2 years) almost got canceled, but fortunately some people showed up. It rained a bit, but that just makes mountain biking a little more challenging. We had a grand old time slipping and sliding around in the mud, and drinking beer afterward. Yesterday I spent an hour on the stationary trainer pedaling like mad and not getting anywhere. Few things are as mind-numbingly boring as sitting on that trainer. Rock and roll at high volume helps tremendously. It was raining again this morning, and I was dreading a four hour stint on the trainer. It stopped raining at about 10:00 so, optimist that I am, I hopped on the bike and headed out. I got dumped on intermittently for the first 90 minutes or so, but after that it was just cloudy and humid, with a stiff wind from the east. I followed the rules this time (good diet, proper hydration), and didn't suffer the same ill effects as last week's ride. I won't say that the ride three weeks from now is going to be a breeze, but I do think I'll be able to finish it with strength.
This week's mileage:
|Friday||20 (approx) mountain bike|