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Century From Dwelling! – BionicOldGuy


I used to be already toying with the concept of canceling the Sacramento century and simply doing one from dwelling. With GPS, it’s probably not essential to do an organized problem as a result of you’ve your coaching log to point out what you’ve completed. However what was actually driving that is that the air high quality out within the central valley, together with the Sacramento space, has been poor recently due to the massive wildfires which are nonetheless not contained. There’s a very good likelihood this won’t have resolved itself by early October when the Sacramento century is scheduled. In distinction, the place I dwell, we’re lucky sufficient to typically have a prevailing wind bringing clear ocean air inland, so our air high quality has been a lot better.

I used the ridewithgps free app to map out a very good largely flat route for a neighborhood century. I used to be going to do a couple of extra weeks of coaching then go for the century in early October. Fridays are my lengthy journey days, and I had a six hour journey scheduled at this time. However I had an awesome coaching journey this morning and was feeling sturdy and quick. By lunchtime I’d already gone 72.5 miles in 4 hours 46 minutes, for a mean velocity of 15.4 mph. It occurred to me that in a pair extra hours I may simply go forward and knock off the century after lunch. So I did, making it to 100.69 miles in 6 hours 47 minutes, for an total common velocity of 14.84 mph. You’ll be able to see I slowed a bit after lunch, I used to be getting drained and the wind had picked up a bit. However I’m ecstatic concerning the outcome, I’d been hoping to maintain it beneath 7 hours. The final time I rode a century was again in 1982 on the age of 29. I don’t bear in mind my actual time however I don’t assume this newest outcome, on the age of 68, was a lot slower, if in any respect. You lose a step or two with age however can overcome it, not less than to some extent, with smarter coaching.

The journey is damaged into a number of logs as a result of I restarted my GPS after I took breaks:

Dwelling South to Gilroy, then north on Coyote creek path to Hellyer Park and again to Metcalf Park
South from Metcalf to dwelling for lunch, with some additional native driving thrown in.
North On Santa Teresa boulevard and again
Some native driving close to dwelling to get the previous couple of miles in.

Whole 100.69 miles at common velocity 14.84, common coronary heart fee 121

I’m form of relieved this occurred. The coaching for a protracted distance like this was getting time consuming. Now it’s time to decide on my subsequent problem. I’m positive it will likely be one thing shorter. Again after I was operating marathons, on two separate events I set a 10K private document a few months after finishing a marathon. I feel this was partly psychological, it felt good to do tougher however shorter coaching after spending a lot time on the lengthy stuff. But it surely was additionally physiological, the lengthy distance coaching for the marathon established a very good “base”, after which a few months of speedwork led to a very good outcome. I must give you one thing equal now. However there’s no hurry. Just a few restoration days can come first.



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