Sunday marked the end of the tenth week of training (by the guide) for Seattle to Portland. For those jumping in on this blog late, STP is the main push behind writing this. It’s giving me a little extra incentive to train better and ride more often.
So far I’ve ridden over 1500km on the road and over 400km on the stationary trainer. That’s not quite half of the 4270km total training kilometres we’re slated to do but we’ve never actually done all the scheduled distances for previous STP training. I’m going to try my hardest to do that this year. While I’m happy with my fitness to this point, I feel like pushing for faster rides. I haven’t really discussed this plan with K & T but I’m sure they’ll be on board. I feel like we’ve spun the cobwebs out and have our road legs back. I think we’re ready to notch it up!
We discussed it a while back and I think we said we want to cut our ride time to 10:30:00 this year. Shit I think I actually wrote that in my first post on this blog. No turning back I suppose. Anyway, that roughly translates to a 31km/h average speed! Some may scoff at our aspirations of school zone speed but it isn’t easy. Last year we averaged 29.3km/h on STP. The year before that was 26.6km/h. Our ride on Saturday was 28.5km/h - the fastest we’ve ever done that route. Rides are tricky to gauge because there’s the traffic factor – you get slowed down through a long enough section and it’ll skew your numbers. I think we worked well together on the last one and really made a good group effort. STP is usually a bit faster because the route is fairly traffic-free. The organizers do an excellent job of holding the intersections in Seattle for the riders – not that there’s much traffic at 0500 on a Saturday – and it’s only clusters of cyclists that slow you down. If I had a nickel for every time I say “on your left!” before noon, it would pay for the weekend away. I do enjoy hearing the whir of chains and cassettes cut the morning silence as we weave our way out of Seattle.
The ride seems so far away but really it isn’t. I could swear that we just started training for this year’s STP and now we’re half way through the schedule. Pretty soon we’ll be heading to Washington and pushing 200km rides to build stamina. I'm optimistic in reaching our goal. Time to spin it up!