Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Out of Texas

No ride today. Not even a faux one in the fitness center. Meetings. Driving to Dallas, waiting for the flight to Minneapolis, on the flight, dinner at Ike's in MSP, waiting some more, flying some more, driving home. Arriving there about 11:40 p.m. A day of mostly sitting, something I'll be doing a lot of on the ride. Maybe the seats today were just a bit more comfortable than my bike saddle, though.

But there is some riding news. The Cycle America General Information packet had arrived while I was gone. The first thing I looked for was the suggested training schedule. It was with some small sense of relief that I read the plan for the six weeks prior to the tour -- ride 4 days per week for a total of 53 hours. Other suggestions include one ride equal to the longest day of the tour (did that) and more than 3 hours on only three days of the 23 days of riding suggested (well past that). While feeling a little better about this, I am still planning on another month of hard work. With all of the riding I have done, the tour still has mountains and several 100 mile days back-to-back. Neither of which I have experienced. So, it is Ride on!

Total ~ 901.2 miles

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