A few weeks back, I contacted my older brother to see how he might feel about dropping down our distance for next week's MTCC Experience Ride from the full 100+ route to something more along the lines of the 50 mile edition. It isn't that I'm out of shape or anything, but in all honesty, I haven't been able to put in anywhere near the miles that a full century ride requires. I mean, I might actually be able to do it, but it would be downright painful, and extremely ugly. Having suffered through the full distance a few years ago, it just makes sense to dial it back a bit this year.
|Setting up downstairs= time-saving training!|
That said, I certainly won't be looking to break any records on Saturday. In fact, I plan on taking my time and enjoying the ride a bit more. The shorter edition still has plenty of climbing involved so I'm sure to take some breaks on the side of the road, or one of the established aid stations when necessary. This isn't always so easy to do in the 100 mile version because you are competing with the clock a bit more since it's going to take the better part of a day, and you also don't really want to get caught in a late afternoon rain storm, etc. Not so much of a problem on a ride half the distance, where we should be able to finish by late morning, lunch at the latest. With any luck, I might be able to hit the pool that afternoon! Look for a follow-up report sometime next week! Ciao!