#CycleSeptember was a personal challenge to myself to ride 650 miles in the month and they all had to be outdoors. The reasoning behind #CycleSeptember was two-fold:
- My buddy Jeff rode 150 miles in one day and I thought to myself. What can you do?
- I want to have a big base of bike miles build into my legs so that when Ironman Chattanooga training begins I am not starting from scratch so to speak.
At the time I figured that 650 miles over 30 days would require me to average 22 miles per day or just over one hour. Obviously, I could not ride everyday and still wanted to get in running and as much open water swimming as I could get. The open water swims were going to start to dwindle with the change in seasons bringing in colder weather and the later the sun rose the harder it would be because of having to get to work.
As I started my cycling and the miles began to pile up I realized that I could easily surpass 650 miles by just doing a bit here or there and then loading up on the weekend. I was starting to find routes that would get me 25-28 miles which could be done in 1.5 hours and not have me struggling to get in other workouts. The rides on the weekends consisted of one of two options:
- Weekends when we had the little guy I would get in 28 miles after Karen ran and the next day would be 60+ miles for as close to 100 in the weekend as possible.
- Weekends when we didn’t have my step-son would consist of two long rides of 60+ for 120-150 miles.
The plan worked out so well that I wound up with 747 miles of cycling and of course throughout the process began to consider if I could do 800 miles in October and thus #OchoInOctober. Of course, if I accomplish this then we are looking at #NueveInNovember. Before we get to November let us figure out how I am going to get to 800 miles in October since they will not be all outdoors and would require time on the trainer.
Using the math that 1.5 hours would net me 27.5 miles I figured I could do 1 hour before work and then 30 minutes after work. The hour in the morning would be using videos from The Sufferfest and the evening ride would be a simple recovery ride that I could maintain a Zone 2 effort. Using this theory I would need to do this 3 times during the week for a total of 82.5 miles. On the weekend another 117.5 miles whether they are 60/60 or 100/20 and I would average 200 miles per week and hit that 800 mile marker in October.
Because the miles in October will be primarily on the trainer my goal is to learn to push the efforts during the early rides and work my threshold level so that I could go harder at a lower heart rate than I am currently. With September I was able to work on my bike handling, learning cadence turnover on climbing and getting comfortable with riding in aero while climbing and turning. All of these attributes will help me during races.
With these types of numbers and time on the trainer I am looking for partners. Which of you is willing to join me in the #OchoInOctober challenge?