Metric Century Training – Week 1

Now that #30daysofbiking is over with, I decided to get started training to ride a metric century.

I haven’t done a single ride over thirty miles in almost 3 years, so I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to hold up. But, I did ride about 25 miles one day last week. So, I figured 30-35 miles should be doable without too much trouble.

I headed out with Fort Hunter in mind as a general destination. I was thinking that would be about a 35 mile out-and-back.

Somehow, I miscalculated the distances, and found myself farther from home than I wanted to be, in a residential neighborhood, with a full bladder. I pushed on a little farther, and made it to the Wildwood Lake restroom facilities with only seconds to spare.

I had a snack and decided that Fort Hunter would have to wait for next week. I was running out of time, and needed to turn back.

BikePA Route J
(There are more photos from this adventure in the Gallery)

I ended up with 36 miles for the day. That puts me somewhere between weeks 4 and 5 on the training plan.

I’m a little sore today. Surprisingly, its mostly lower back, and not legs. I’m not sure if I have a bike fit problem, or just terrible core strength. (Probably terrible core strength).

At any rate, I’m going to ride week 5 of the plan this week, and see how things go.

Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Total
5 8 13 15 off 13 38 11 98 Miles

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