In 8 days, I will be lining up for my first Century bike race (in Napa Valley, California!). I am really excitedâ€¦
But Iâ€™m really, really nervous as well.
100 miles is not chump change. Iâ€™ve done two Metric Centuries (which is 100K or about 62 miles) and they were not easy. Not at all! Hereâ€™s the recap of the one I did in June 2009 and the recap of the one I just completed in April. Iâ€™ve never rode more than 73 miles, and I honestly donâ€™t know how those additional 27 miles are going to go down. Iâ€™m nervous about fueling, Iâ€™m nervous about getting too tired, Iâ€™m nervous about the hillsâ€¦ Iâ€™m pretty much nervous about everything.
I havenâ€™t experienced pre-race jitters like this in a long, long time. Iâ€™m beginning to dream about the event!
But Iâ€™ve always wanted to do a Century, in the way I always wanted to do a marathon. Just to experience it. Iâ€™m really happy that my Dad (who I did my first two Metrics with) will be in California to do the race with me! And the lovely Jenna and Amanda (+ other awesome bloggers!) will be there, too.
And my training went pretty well, too. I couldâ€™ve done more in theory (and maybe I shouldâ€™ve?), but hopefully Iâ€™ve done enough.
- Week 1: Biked 76 miles; Ran 27 miles (holy hell!!!!)
- Week 2: Biked 39 miles; Ran 16.25 miles
- Week 3: Biked 60.75 miles; Ran 9.3 miles
- Week 4: Biked 78 miles; Ran 10.5 miles
- Week 5: Biked 38 miles; Ran 8 miles
- Week 6: Biked 91 miles; Ran 5.35 miles
- Week 7: Biked 56 miles; Ran 10.1 miles
- Week 8: Bike 108 miles; Ran 8 miles + whatever I do tomorrow
- Week 9: Taper Week! (Not really sure what Iâ€™m going to do yet).
Plus a few random days of power yoga, elliptical, and swimming.
I noticed that I fell into a sort of pattern of HARD week, EASY week, HARD week, EASY week. Thatâ€™s because cycling is really exhausting. In many ways, it might be harder than running just because of the time commitment on the bike. In Week 6, I easily worked out for 13+ hours. Thatâ€™s insane! As a result, the next week I had to step it back. I didnâ€™t PLAN to do it this way (I planned for much longer mileage), but I modified my plan as I went to accommodate my bodyâ€™s needs.
If I had to do it again (and Iâ€™m sure I will!), I would give myself another month or two of training. I kind of pre-trained for the Century by completing the Olympic Triathlon in March, but I think I just needed more time in the saddle.
I bet youâ€™re wonderingâ€¦Whatâ€™s next? Because thereâ€™s always a NEXT BIG RACE on HTP! But for once, thereâ€™s nothing planned in my race future. The next few months are going to be insane: weâ€™re moving to Charlotte, my book is being released, and weâ€™ll be traveling a lot. I hope to do a sprint triathlon in August and maybe a few 5K or 10Ks, but unless something really big and fun pops up, I might just relax on endurance eventsâ€¦ for now.
I do have my eye on a big race in December, though! But itâ€™s a secret for now. 🙂
On that note, today I went for a 30 mile bike ride with Megan.
It mustâ€™ve been our lucky day, because she found a dollar on the side of the road!
It took me 2:10 to do 30 miles, which is really great pacing for me!
Came home and made a post-ride lunch:
Green Monster (1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 2 cups spinach), slice of pizza, apple, and a cookie. Although this was a delicious meal, itâ€™s not enough to refuel from my long ride, and Iâ€™ll be rummaging in the kitchen shortly!
Have a wonderful Saturday!