Husband & I are leaning toward doing a metric century that will be 4 weeks from Saturday. I haven't been riding much, so I need to figure out how to get from zero to 64 in 4 weekends. Catch: Husband will be out of town for the first two weekends, so I'll need to ride alone on my long rides.
Here's what I'm thinking.
- Get in 2 mid-week rides. Somewhere between 8 and 16 miles. Don't sweat so much about how far, just be sure to get on the bike
- Get in one weekend ride. Aim for a progression: 25, 35, 45...yes the next one would be a big jump to 64, but that's okay!
Granted, this may not be the most sound approach, but it beats what I would otherwise be doing for sure: sit on the couch until event day and attempt 64 miles with no training at all. LOL.
In addition, I'm going to try to run 3 times a week. It's okay if the runs are short and slow, I just need some consistency with my cardio base building. It will help me get through the bike rides.
One of the biggest hurdles is mental. There is a part of me that doesn't believe I can do it. That part is a liar! I can do it. I WILL do it!
How I'm doing so far: Ran Monday: 4.0 slow miles. Rode yesterday, 8.2 miles. I'm calling that a successful start.
Oh, and I'm still wearing the pedometer and trying to get to an average of 12K steps per day. Running obviously increases step count and I get to add in cycling minutes to convert to step-equivalents so tracking the steps helps hold me accountable. GAME ON!!