Sunday, I decided to join the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club in Boulder for their first Populaire of the season. A, “meet and greet” 108km ride, to get you acquainted in the strange world of Randonneuring – a French-flavored, ultra distance uh, “sport”, where various cycling routes are put together with a time limit to complete each one.
- Sunday: Rest! 13 miles
- Monday: Up Lookout Mt through Evergreen and down to Morrison, back to Denver, 101 miles
- Tuesday: Rest! 10 miles
- Wednesday: Denver to Loveland Pass to Denver Ride, 145 miles
- Thursday: Rest! 10 miles
- Friday: Off the bike completely! – ran a few miles to gym, lifted some weights, did some plyometrics, ran back home
- Saturday: Easy-going ride, 41 miles
As been my convention and as mileage is slowly being increased during the Month of March, I’m seeking out routes that will keep me occupied and interested – creative minds can bore easily with repetitious activities. If this bid for the Tour Divide becomes nothing but a slog of miles over the same routes for purposes of plotting progress charts, or just simply because it’s easier or I dunno, realistic, to keep some sort of simple training regime – man, I dunno, I’d probably tap out.
It’s around 90 or so days before the Grand Départ of this little thing I’m doing – the same little thing I’m documenting on this site.
I still don’t have a bicycle to ride the course.
- Sunday: Rest! – 12 miles
- Monday: 14er Attempt, Quandary
- Tuesday: Rest! – 15 miles
- Wednesday: Ride to Redrocks, Hike/Run Mt. Morrison, via the South Ridge Route, ride back home – 52 miles
- Thursday: Rest! 5 miles
- Friday: Ride to Boulder, few hours at The Spot, bouldering Gym, ride home – 100 miles
- Saturday: 1 1/2 hours on the trainer (not included in total), plus 2 miles outside.
“I’m getting concerned about the visibility issue.”, my much more careful, much more level-headed hiking partner stated clearly and with enough gusto to make it through the wind and snow.
“Yes. I think we’re pretty close. The peak is at that rock.”, I point, “ten more minutes and we’ll re-evaluate the situation. How does that sound?”
“I don’t see a rock.”
And she had a point. The rock was now, gone. Ten minutes became ten steps. We reached a slow-going snowy slope and called it quits.
Sunday’s ride started at 5:50 in the morning, the goal being to get up – and over Squaw Pass, a gamble to do in winter, as it peaks at over 11,000 feet.Then, down into Colorado Springs and take the bicycle route that follows I-70, using frontage roads, old HW-40 and the Scott Lancaster bike path.
- Sunday: 70-something something mile mixed road/mountain bike trek here and there – 11hours
- Monday: 35 miles around Cherry Creek and back – 3 hours, started as a
recovery ride, ended with me going as fast as I could, felt around 66% from the day before.
UPDATE 4/1/11 – Hey, I did it! – Between 3/5/11 and 3/31/11 I was able to log around 1331 miles. YEAH!
- Sunday: Rest!
- Monday: Rest!
- Tuesday: 3 hour ride to Boulder loaded with hiking pack, ~ 30-something miles
9 hour hike, traversing South Boulder Peak, Bear Peak and Green Mountain,
4 hour ride back to Denver w/pack ~ 30-something miles
- Wednesday: Rest!