I’m trying to ratchet up my cycling miles. If we’re going to do 70 miles a day for the first 5 days of the Trans-Superior Cycling Tour, I need to keep upping my longest distance. To date, my max has been 40 miles. I’ve had my sights set on 50, and decided today was the day. Beautiful sunny day, no wind, and temps in the high 60’s – perfect! It was a glorious day to be out cycling, and although I started to feel the curse of the saddle after about 30 miles, and found myself choosing easier gears after 40 miles, overall it was a great ride! Sort of like marathon training – after while, you are on auto-pilot, and the miles melt away behind you.
The other reason for the push was that we have registered for the Tour de Pepin, a cycling tour around Lake Pepin on June 2. We intended to do the 50 mile ride, thinking it would be fun to take the paddlewheeler back to the start. But the best ferry times fill up quickly (lesson learned!), so we defaulted to doing the full 72 mile ride. Being the overachiever I am, I harbored secret desires to do the full ride anyway, so I’m not too disappointed.
I’ll worry about putting consecutive days of long rides together later. And adding more hill work. I think I have plenty to keep me challenged until the final test in mid-August.