Saturday, March 10, 2007

Character Building

I'm in the base building phase of my bike training right now. Translation: I'm building my aerobic endurance through long, steady, moderate aerobic efforts. With my 'fair weather' riding mentality, this has meant hours inside on the trainer. Fortunately we have a dvd shelf full of all available Tour de France coverage, all of my favorite movies (and then some), and every episode of the Simpsons and Nikita. But even though I have no shortage of viewing material, the trainer can get boring during Calgary's long winter.

So, when I saw that the forecast for this weekend called for temperatures above 10 degrees Celsius on both Saturday and Sunday, I figured it was a great opportunity to get some volume in outside. I've been wanting to spend some time with my TransRockies partner (our schedules are not particularly compatible). Since she spends her weekends in Canmore, I figured I could combine these two objectives by riding my bike to Canmore. 100km each day seemed about perfect. Plus, with Erik away this weekend, a night in Canmore seemed a bit more exciting than a night home alone.

This time of year is always a bit windy, especially when we get the westerly winds bringing in the warm weather. I knew I was facing the prospect of a headwind on the way out. I know I will need to challenge my fair weather riding mentality as I prepare for TransRockies. I definitely did that today. On a ride that should normally take no more than three and a half to four hours, after five and a half hours into a strong headwind, I made it to Canmore. I'm not just base building, I'm character building.
In a sick sort of way, I liked it. Maybe it's because I'm deprived of fresh air and sunshine. Or maybe it's because I expect I'll have a tailwind tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sily Tori, to avoid the wind you should have done your ride between midnight and 4am...

March 12, 2007 at 5:13:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Dallas said...

I'm certainly not in the mindset to just 'ride to Canmore' this windy time of year. But with 2 TR's under my belt I can say you're off to a good early season start. Keep it up and prepare to step it up, with more similar enduro type rides as your race date approaches. 9 hours a week and you'll have a very solid fitness base to help build your technical skills.
Trans Rockies is the 'Toughest Mountain Bike Race in North America' and you're gonna do it!.

March 12, 2007 at 10:58:00 PM MDT  
Blogger tori said...

hoop - you're always so helpful with the advice. thanks!

dallas - thanks for the encouragement - it means a lot to hear that from a guy that gets his kicks from tearing the legs off the peloton

March 14, 2007 at 7:32:00 AM MDT  

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