Checking The Math Of The Reston Metric Century Ride

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? 

Reston Metric Century

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 ‘NWonder.

Weekly Wrap

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 …. 

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41 Responses to Checking The Math Of The Reston Metric Century Ride

  1. I haven’t gotten on my bike for 2 reasons: one is that my wrists are really bothered by riding (I need a bike fitting, apparently) and the other is that the drivers around her are completely nuts. I’m kind of nervous about it. I’ll have to get over it! I’m changing offices and I can actually ride to my new office. I can and I will!
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  2. Sara says:

    Great job this week! That flash flooding is crazy. Glad to hear that everyone (and your house) was ok! I think that just taking a couple days off before the ride will do you well! You’ve been doing a great job with your training!

  3. I did the metric 2 years ago and I don’t remember it being super hilly it was super hot though. The biggest issue I had was not eating enough on stops for such a long run. Maybe I will see you there at some point on Sunday.

  4. I am supposed to do clamshells but have been slacking off. I know they’re not hard and can easily be done in the evening while I am watching TV.

    Did I miss it? So why is it 68 miles?

  5. I have not been on my bike since well before my surgery…and probably won’t be able to do any cycling for awhile (until my knee has better range of motion). I never thought I’d miss bike riding, but now that I’m not able to do it, I realize that I do kind of miss it…
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  6. Kimberly G says:

    Awesome workouts this week! It rained here pretty hard on Friday but no flaws flooding – that’s so scary!

    You know I’m a bag fan of PT and of course, those clamshells! And yes, one of my hips is stronger than the other!
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  7. It was indeed humid here too on Thursday. Good job getting those miles in.

  8. Marcia says:

    That flooding gives me the creeps. Our basement is still a shambles after the flooding we had. I love that you’re doing so many rides this year. We have a new OTF opening here and they placed orange bikes all over town.

  9. HoHo Runs says:

    I’ve pondered the extra distance myself. I think it’s because (around here anyway) you are out on country roads. There aren’t many different roads to take and it doesn’t seem they want you to U-turn. So, it’s just the way the roads lay out to get you back to where you started. That’s my story anyway. LOL. The elevation number does sound high for a metric but you really can’t tell until you are out on the course. You’ll do great and I can’t wait to hear about it.

  10. Lesley says:

    I find my right side is stronger with clam shells, but I try to get my left side to match up to the range of motion my right can do. My right side has the issue, but the left probably isn’t helping.

  11. Great week! Thanks for the reminder to do the clam shells – I was thinking about those recently and feeling like my hips need that! 100km riding – you’ve got this!
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  12. Ivanna says:

    Sounds like you had a really great week of workouts. I really like OTF it is a good workout for sure. Best wishes on your run.

  13. Shathiso says:

    What a great week! I have been doing clam-shells without a resistance band! Definitely going to try the resistance band to take it to the next level! That’s genius!
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  14. I have no clue whatsoever when it comes to biking! But you are sure getting it done, I know that.
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  15. Have fun on your century ride this weekend. I wish I was joining you. Maybe next year! About the distance? I have no clue…
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  16. Rachel says:

    Don’t be intimidated by the elevation. You’re so strong and determined. You can do it!!
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  17. Jenn says:

    I definitely have one side that is stronger. I have really slacked on my cycling. It’s just too hot for it, or too rainy. Maybe this fall. I really was hoping to do a long distance ride, but Cub Scouts scheduling has led to some conflicts.
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  18. Wow, a ride from D.C. out to Vienna is quite something. Kudos to you for choosing the more challenging route, despite the heat and humidity.
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  19. You’ve done so well with the bike this summer I bet you’ll have no problem with that elevation!

    You’ve reminded me I need to get back to the clamshells – I’ve been slacking!
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  20. I definitely feel like one of my sides is stronger than the other.

    Nice week!

  21. Training looks like it’s going great! It’s sad, I can hardly do anything metric anymore…give me feet and pounds, not meters and kg!

    I have the same issue with clamshells…definitely easier on one side. It’s so frustrating!

  22. Jamie says:

    Whoa. That flash flooding looked scary. Glad you were able to make it home safely!! Your week looked tough, glad you were able to get through it! Do you like Orange Theory? They are popping up here in Florida everywhere.

  23. Oh my gosh I am such a math nerd – it would really bug me if the numbers were off!!!

  24. niamh says:

    What headphones/earphones do you use for training? Been wanting to buy a pair and was looking at these from 66 Audio but I’m unsure.. They have free shipping at the mo with “SHIPFREE” so was going to take advantage of that..

  25. I liked your bike riding on Sunday. 31 mile is a big big achievement. I cannot cover this much distance.

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