It’s been a very cycling-centric year for Chuck and me – in February we watched the final stage of the Tour of California on the cold heights of Palomar Mountain; in May I participated in Bike-To-Work day, and started a habit of bike commuting once or twice a week; in July, we spent our evenings following the drama of the Tour de France, and I bought my new road bike. In two weeks, we continue the trend by participating in the Bike The Bay ride, over the Coronado Bridge and around the San Diego Bayshore Bikeway trail.
And to truly turn 2009 into our year of cycling, I’ve signed us up for a Centurty Ride (yep, century = 100 miles) on December 27th. We’ll be riding the Borrego Springs Century out in the eastern San Diego county desert. The December weather there should be pretty nice for riding, and I’ve picked an “easy” century for us to start out on – there’s about 2300 feet of total elevation gain on the ride, but the largest single climb is only about 500 feet elevation gain, something we’ve already surpassed in training. (Well, once anyway. That was last week’s ride to Mt. Soledad in La Jolla, but we couldn’t go into the park because they were having a private ceremony. Good hill-training though!)
So far our longest single ride has been about 26 miles, and I’ve been riding 50-60 miles a week. We’ll start ramping up the mileage in late September after our vacation, with a pre-Century peak of 75 or 80 miles about two weeks before the big ride and at least 800 miles of total riding before then. Yippee!
Might as well end with another picture of the bike that’s going to get me through all those miles: