There are many cyclists out there that would consider the Round the bay in a Day ride to be just another day in the saddle. I am not one of them, for the following reasons. I have never riden more than 180kms in a day. I am 44 a few weeks after the ride. I am overweight (98kgs as of this morning, 24/08/11). I have legs like pipe cleaners!
Confidence, I head towards the ride full of it. Well, not exactly. With 52 days to go, my training is a little behind schedule, but I reckon with the help of my two mates that are doing it with me, I will be able to make it.
Training has been slow, but I hope to slowly ramp it up over the next 7 weeks or so. The idea is to try and spend an extra 30 mins on my long ride each week. This weekend I am shooting at 3.5 hours, which leaves me with this as a goal.
27/8 Aug : 3.5h
3/4 Sept : 4h
10/11 Sep : 4.5h
17/18 Sep : 5h
24/25 Sep :5.5h
1/2 Oct : 6h
8/9 Oct : 6.5h
A 6.5 hour ride should give me about 150kms. If I can manage that on my own, I reckon I can manage 210kms with a couple of mates.
Anyone who has done it, I would love to hear your story. Or any advice you might have.