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I thought I would continue this weeks bicycle theme with a few more thoughts on my weekend ride:

I flew to Spokane, Washington to do a ride in a new area of the State. My intention was to get another training ride in with my team mate to prepare for the Seattle to Portland Bike ride July 11, 2009. We are hoping to do all 204 miles in one day.

I was hoping that the weather would be a bit drier and warmer than home and it was indeed drier, though quite windy, for the day.

We left Cheney, Washington home of Eastern Washington University about 9am on Saturday morning. My bicycle had arrived by car with my wife on the Wednesday prior and I had to work on resetting the chain and the computer tracker which had come loose on the trip over. We left to ride the Centennial Trail from Cheney to Coeur d’ alane, Idaho through the river park section of Spokane. Our plan was to complete 80 miles.

The Wind was to our backs as we set off and offered a nice boost.

We had to ride a short way on gravel.

In the river park section of downtown the trail led us right into the gathering walkers for the MARCH of DIMES and then we had to detour as we came across the memorial walkers for the Fallen Workers Memorial Walk. No problem, we just skirted around and found a detour to get back on the trail a bit further down the line.

We kept encouraging each other, arrived in Coeur d’ alane about 2:30pm and enjoyed a rest and a slice of pizza – good training food! Time for the return!

We did not see all the fancy clothing of the prom folks in River Park as we returned but understand downtown was full of festive attire and photographers as the young people made their way to dinner in all their finery (The link love here is for my daughter – did you get the job?).

At the very last part of the return journey, I got a flat tire and had to change everything out with my extra gear. This added a bit of weary to the adventure.

Tire changed we arrived back at our respective destinations for a hot shower and some balm on a sore knee. We drank tons of Lemonade and water to deal with our dynamic thirst. Actually, we were so tired that we could only muster a few bites of our fabulous Chinese dinner fare!

Oh well, the ride turned out to be our first Century of the season – 115 miles, we survived it, enjoyed it, and were refreshed by the experience.

Thank you Brad for sharing the route and for being on the team, you are a good biker.

Do you have a favorite ride? Have you done a Century? Any tricks for riding the roads?

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Thu, April 30 2009 » On the Road

2 Responses

  1. Friar April 30 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    When I was in my 20’s, my buddy and I did a century. With no training. Just like that. It was early May, we had hardly been on our bikes yet since the snow melted.

    The reasoning was, we were theoretically young and fit, we should be able to cycle 100 miles in one day, at the drop of the hat.

    Well..we did it. Just BARELY. The last 20 km were the slowest, WORST kilometers in my whole life.

    The arrogance of youth, eh?

  2. Tom Sanford May 1 2009 @ 7:32 pm

    I’ve done quite a few century rides over the last 10 years and always find the need to “work up to them”. I usually start in January or February on a day of relatively nice weather and do 40 miles or so that usually feels easy and comfortable. Then every weekend I can get out, I add 5 or 10 miles more. I’m usually up to a century by late May or June when I need to press more miles in preparation for the STP (Seattle to Portland) ride in July which is a double century in one day. It’s a real push no matter how much preparation I have done. Some years I am also preparing for longer multi-day tours as well. If you did a century in your twenties, you should try it again now with a little (or a lot) more training. You’ll probably amaze yourself how much more you can do. If you try bicycle touring, you’ll also be amazed how easy a century can feel after you’ve done centuries several days in a row. It’s a goal that keeps me going now in my sixties. Happy bicycling!

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