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In Life as well as in running the secret is Pace.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Across France in June

The following is a bit of motivation and plan that I put together for some friends that are planning to do cycling challenge to ride across France via the Pyrenean mountain passes this summer.  we have varying levels of fitness but a common goal six months hence 

I see us in this picture six months from now…  a time and a place that we will savor in our old age.
I want for all of us to have reached this zenith under our own power…  and not in a van.
Is it going to be easy?   No
Could we do it today?  No
Can we do it?  Yes…  only if we are committed
So how do we get ready?  I like your enthusiasm but…
First of all let's define ready…
Being able to ride a bike in mountainous terrain for 5 hours a day for 6 straight days
In other words as difficult of a bike ride as we have ever done in a single day in our lives six days in a row? Like riding the Beach Blvd bridge for 5 hours non-stop (hey that sounds like fun! J) every day for a week
Are you getting scared yet?  Good.
Hopefully you are asking yourself this question:
Okay asshole how do we get there?  How do I get started?  What do I do?  How much?  When?
Well it just so happens that I have a plan! (surprised?)
Month 1:
Month 2:
Month 3:
basically we will be going from 3.5 hours per week to start to almost 6 hours per week by March….  And "up" from there…
and I mean up as in hills and saddle time…. By may we should be logging 12+ hours of saddle time a week
We should plan a weekend trip to Mt Dora…
May 15 weekend should be our practice run…  a group from Jax is Heading up to Dahlonega to do the 6 big climbs in the Smokies…   
Let's go ride bikes in beautiful places!

1 comment:

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I read the Dylan Thomas poem, AWESOME ... I knew I remembered that phrase from somewhere, Rodney Dangerfield recites in Back to School - the poem is and phrase is amazing, I might steal it - thanks for the idea - ha! Have a good weekend!