Thursday, June 21, 2007

Weekend Punishment

Saturday is going a pretty hard day out on the road. John and I are heading to Boone, NC for a nice century ride.


Nice ring to it eh? Yep, it's going to be brutal with over 12000 feet of climbing. I'm actually going to be prepared for this one though, unlike the Foothills Classic back in April. I wasn't physically prepared, nor was my equipment up to snuff. This ride should be much better thanks to my new 11-27 cassette. Combined with the 50-34 compact crankset I'll have an excellent climbing setup when it comes to gearing, and I think I'm in much better shape now. The two other century rides I've completed were on a much flatter course. My pace was 20.5 mph for the Raven Rock Ramble, and for the ride last Friday I was alone and averaged 18.5 mph. I'm hoping to finish Saturday on the inside of 6 hours, which translates to just about 16.5 mph.

This is going to be the perfect place to break in my new training tool. Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have married such a wonderful person? After hemming and hawing about what I wanted for our anniversary I finally decided to pick a GPS to use while cycling. My tool of choice is the Garmin Edge 305. This is the coolest thing EVER! It will do just about everything, except the riding. I cannot wait to see what my heartrate averages over Snake Mountain and its 18-20% grade!

4 comments:

CN said...

"what I wanted for our anniversary I finally decided to pick a GPS..."

Anniversary?...still a geek :-)

Jon said...

Coolest Toy EVER!

clarQue said...

Be sure to upload those rides to Garmin's web application -- MotionBased.com.

Jon said...

Indeed, that was the first thing I did when I got home. Click on "Blood Sweat and Gears" in the post above and you'll get into my Motionbased world.