Back in March at the start of the 400k I was talking with Ryan and Shai about the amount of miles they ride per week. Both of these guys are strong riders that I look up to both in terms of performance and mental toughness. I was blown away by how many miles they ride per year, per month, per week! Their successful brevets are a by-product of all of this hard work. The brevet started and they rode off to a good finish while I rode off to a DNF. Not stoked.
They got me thinking though. They ride more than me per month, but if I just added a little bit here and there per day, or per week even, I could possibly log that many miles too. The trick is not loosing too much “at home” time with the wifey. Maybe an extra 15-30 minutes on my commute per day, each direction and a lunch ride would make a difference?
Well it has. Since that DNF in March I’ve upped my mileage and I feel like I’ve unlocked a whole other level of fitness. I’ve set a weekly goal of 200 miles per week and, while I’ve only hit it twice, my overall average has continued to go up and up. I suppose if it were easy I’d reach the goal every week. If and when I get to that point, well, I guess I’ll have to raise it again.
This is the first week that I won’t be riding in quite some time. I’m fighting a cold and this week I’ll be traveling. No pedalin’ for the week means a good week of rest. Which is good, because the next week is gonna be a doozy. Stay tuned!