My training plan for the 200K was to work up to riding at least 100 miles on a single day by the middle of May and then taper off with some shorter rides. After riding over 55 miles on May 4, my next long ride was 77 miles on May 10.
|There were still patches of snow on the sides of the road.|
|Iras rounds the bend onto Blue Moon Road.|
On each of my rides my goal has been to maintain an average speed of at least 12 mph. Each of the brevets has a set time limit in which you must complete the distance in order for the brevet to officially count. For the 200K brevet, the time limit is 13.5 hours. Not counting for stopping time, I calculated that one would have to ride the distance at an average speed of at least 9 mph to finish in 13.5 hours. Thus, my goal of riding at a speed of at least 12 mph average and faster if I was able.
After looking at the weather forecast, I chose May 18 for my 100-mile ride from Hayward to the Delta Diner and back, the "Delta Diner Century." I started the ride at just after 8 a.m. and, once again, Charlie met me for the ride to Cable. Mike, Iras and Phil met us in Cable.
In the week prior to the ride I made a couple of adjustments to my bike, changing the saddle to one that I thought would be more comfortable and flipping the stem in order to raise the handlebars a tad higher for a more comfortable riding position. I also wore a new pair of Bont shoes that were custom made and require a bake in the oven to mold the carbon fiber to one's feet.
|Half way through the 100-miler at the Delta Diner|
I arrived home just before 8 p.m. My riding time was 7 3/4 hours at an average speed, again, of 12.9 mph. Total elapsed time was 11 1/2 hours meaning, if I had been doing the ride officially, I would have had another two hours to ride another 20-25 miles. (I wasn't paying close attention to break times like I will on the official ride. The Minnesota Randonneurs 200K brevet is actually 125 miles.)
On shorter rides during the past week we once again enjoyed seeing Painted Turtles warming themselves on logs.