"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
I’m on the Body by Vi Challenge and yesterday closed out my 3rd 90 Day Challenge. The goal was to run my first 10k EVER. For someone who never used to run, this was a huge goal for me. I ended up trail running the 10k and had to walk some of the brutal, long hills but I call it a success! So now the question is: What will my 4th 90 Day Challenge be?
In my beautiful corner of the Pacific Northwest we have an annual 100 mile relay race called Ski to Sea that starts at our beloved and iconic Mount Baker and runs all the way to Bellingham Bay. It’s been a dream of mine to compete in this race for a few years now. This year it will happen. I’ve formed up a team of 8 people, we will send in our entry fee in a few short days. And so the training begins.
I’m going to do the road bike leg of this race. 44 miles of hilly county road await me. I got back on a bike for the first time in 10 years last winter. It was my 90 Day Challenge goal in the summer to cycle to work and back – a 30 mile round trip. I ended up making that commute on my bike 2 days a week up through September when the weather made it less pleasant. I know I can do the 44 mile distance for this race. But I want to do more than finish – I want to be a competitor.
Right now I cycle at a pretty normal pace: around 12-15 mph. Upwards of 20 mph is generally considered “race pace”. That’s my goal. I hope to average 20-25 mph for the race. The race takes place at the end of May which gives me about 90 days to train for it. It’s on!
The plan: start riding again. I’ve moved to a house that’s further from work – ironically, it comes out to a 44 mile round trip. So I’ll start cycling this, one way at the beginning until I can get back up to snuff for the full ride. Some longer weekend rides with BF will also put me in great shape. I have the best trainer in the world – BF is an excellent and FAST cyclist and he wants to see me succeed in this. We’re also eyeballing a new bike for me – a version of what I already ride but with higher-grade components: the Specialized Dolce. And I’ll be investing in clip-in pedals and shoes. Learning how to ride with clip-ins will be a tale of humor and woe, no doubt. I’ll be sure to share how it goes.
Wish me luck! 90 Days to Race Pace – here I come!