If you saw my Friday Five post, you know that I am planning to do the Reston Metric Century ride this weekend. It will be our second long ride of the summer as we build up to the full century we are eyeing in October. The Reston Bicycle Club posted the route this week, and while they might be great at cycling, they clearly need to work on their math skills.
Why is the Reston Metric Century 68.8 miles?
And how can it have a 3400 feet elevation change?
(That’s 1000 more than the Pennsylvania Dutch Farm to Fork Fondo!)
I can’t let myself dwell on those numbers–or those spikes in the elevation graph–because I am more likely to pysch myself out than psych myself up. So, I’m going to jump right to my recap for the weekly wrap hosted by Holly and Tricia and this week’s guest host–Madhuri @ Ponder ‘N‘ Wonder.
Monday: Orange Theory Fitness
Tuesday: Strength routine from Quick Strength For Runners (<<Amazon affiliate link — check it out!) plus some clamshells and planks
Do you notice that one hip is stronger than the other?
These are so much easier on my right side.
Wednesday: 45 min Real Ryde with Aimee at Ryde/Revolve
I have 2 rides left in my package and am still debating what to do next ….
Thursday: 8 very humid miles
Friday: Strength work at home before a day trip to New Jersey.
I was glad my train home was able to make it through this flash flooding!
Saturday: Conte’s Hill Ride.
I don’t think I expected this ride to be easy
–and doubt it ever will be–
but it felt particularly hard.
Sunday: 31 mile bike ride
We headed out before deciding on our route. I thought we’d do the Arlington Loop (~17 miles) but it was so nice we decided to make it longer with an out-and-back to Vienna.
So, how do you “taper” before an extra-long, extra-hilly metric century? Other than planning my long run for Tuesday (if at all) and a rest day for Saturday, I’m likely to stick to my usual schedule because that’s how I roll ….