As of this writing, we are 44 days from the start of our journey across the USA. When this conversation started it was next year, then a few months and now it is upon us.
I have gotten real serious with my training regime. My fear was not the longer rides but the riding every day. So with the better weather I am riding daily and for April have a 200 mile per week goal, and I am hitting the mark. In the month of May, it will be 300 miles per week. I am still working as well so it makes for full days.
Some things I think you should consider:
- Get you training time in that works for you and your life situation. Get outside and find some hills to climb, wind to pedal into and rain to deal with.
- Make sure your bike fits you and you are getting comfortable on it. I tried a new seat and loved it. I also went to dropped handlebars which I like. But it was an adjustment for my back the 1st couple weeks.
- Learn what your body needs. Nourishment on long rides is critical as is hydration. Get the rest you need nightly. How about naps?
- I am learning to power thru the sore legs and butt. But you should also be alert to an injury verses just conditioning or lack of.
- Begin to prepare your equipment need list. Tires, tubes, good riding gear, helmets, gloves, etc.
I am going to use Schwalbe Ultra Marathon tires, recommended by my Wheels Deals Bike Shop sponsor. We all hate flat tires, don’t we?!
- Remember, when we are traveling we may average 13-15 miles per hour depending on elevation gains or losses. For our 61 mile average day that is 4-5 hours per day of riding. If you figure a lunch break, that is not a bad pace at all. Be encouraged.
- Don’t miss the things God brings our way as you ride. Yesterday I watched a great blue heron feast on his breakfast, frog. My wife suggested I ask the heron if it really did taste like chicken. I have seen sand hill cranes migrating, eagles in flight, osprey nesting, ships traveling up river, and the list goes on. Our world is an amazing creation.
- I think you can maintain a prayerful spirit as you ride, being open to praying for others, safety, and our mission. I have had potential donors come to mind while riding.
And finally, we won’t do the full ride all at once. We will take it one day at a time, maybe an hour at a time or perhaps just this hill.
Your traveling partner,