Here's a little update on the charity ride I'm doing next week. As of the end of this weekend, I've reached my fund raising goal of $3K ($3200 actual) so I don't have to worry about having to pay for any of the lodging or making up a shortfall on my goal. Whew! And a big thank you to everyone who donated, I really appreciate it.
As far as the training goes, this weekend was also the last big push before taking it easy this week leading up to the ride. Since I decided to actually do the ride and started training in earnest in mid May, I've put 1100 miles of saddle time in. That's almost more than I've done in any 6 month period of time since I started riding in mid 2007. Let me share a little of what I did this weekend.
Friday I took off early from work to do what was, by far, the hardest ride I've ever done on the bike. For some insane reason, I let members of my ride team talk me into doing a climb up one of the local mountains around here. It's a 10 mile (also with climbing) or so ride to get there, and then we got to do this:
Now, in all fairness we didn't climb all the way to the top, we only went to mile 8 or so. But that's all uphill folks, and no matter what that map says, my friend's GPS says there was no grade lower than 7% and it went to as much as 12% at times. I can tell you by the time I made it to the point where we stopped, I thought I was going to have a gdamn stroke. Here I am, post almost-stroke:
Then, of course, on the way back I got separated from my friends, got lost, and added about 5 more miles (38 total) on to the ride then I needed to. Yes, I'm an idiot.
Saturday I took the day off to work on my bike and get it tuned up for Sunday, when rode from the beach and back. All told, I put 123 miles on the bike for that day (215 total for the week) when all was said and done. I guess at this point, I'm about as ready as I'm ever going to be. I hope.
I'll try and post up at night after each days ride to update on the progress on the ride. If anyone, you know, cares.