When it comes to cycling, I usually am more goal-oriented than my husband. While he’s usually interested in our average pace, he mmmQa. couldn’t care less if we cycle a certain distance, and he will relax in the shade while I do a lap around the parking lot to hit a round number on my Garmin. But, it’s because of him that I am figuring out how to train for my first century ride.
Farm To Fork Fondo (57 miles): July 29
I have to include the Farm To Fork Fondo (did you see my recap?) in my training plan, since I will be building on the conditioning that got me through its 57 miles of mostly rolling hills as I get ready to ride 43 miles further.
Conte’s Hill Rides
I also will be trying to keep up with the Conte’s hill rides as many times as my schedule–and the weather–permits. The five rides I did between May and July made a huge difference in my preparation for the Farm to Fork Fondo, and now that I know I can make it up those hills, I don’t want to lose that conditioning–or that confidence.
Conte’s hill ride elevation profile
Reston Metric Century (67 miles): August 27
The next big event on our calendar is the Reston Metric Century. The organizers are somewhat mathematically challenged, since a metric century should be closer to 62 miles, but hopefully those last 5 miles won’t be too rough. I am wary of doing such a long ride in August when it can be really hot, but I got lucky with the weather when I did the half metric distance last year, so I’m hoping for another break this year.
Shenandoah Valley Century (50 miles): September 10
The Shenandoah Valley Century fits nicely in our calendar, if we can figure out the logistics, and we would do the 50 mile distance. My husband says its difficulty rating is similar to the Farm to Fork Fondo–and the elevation change looks almost identical. I will keep my fingers crossed for more rolling hills and fewer steep climbs.
Anne Arundel Lifetime 100 (100 miles): October 1
If all goes well, we will do the full century ride of the Anne Arundel Lifetime 100 on October 1. The terrain is supposed to be a bit easier than the other rides, but I know that 100 miles will be plenty challenging in and of itself.
from our 2013 anniversary ride
October 1 will be our 29th wedding anniversary, but it won’t be the first time we celebrated by doing a long ride together. Four years ago we took the day off from work to do an out-and-back ride from Shirlington to Leesburg. That ride was 67 miles and took all day, including a long stop for a leisurely lunch in Georgetown.
Do you have tips for how I should be training for my first century ride?