Last minute metric, anyone?
Well, it appears I am going to try to do the 62 mile route at the Starved Rock Cycling Club's annual Pumpkin Pie ride tomorrow. I'm a little concerned for a few reasons. First, I have not been cycling anywhere near as much as I had been. September has been a crazy month and I've been lucky to get out once a week. Second, I haven't prepared for a longer ride all week. No hydrating, no carb loading, no 8 or 9 hours of sleep. Lastly, the bottom dropped out of our mild weather. Tomorrow morning is looking to be starting off in the mid-30s getting to mid-50s and with 10-15mph winds from the NE. While I am not sure of the route, I imagine it will start out heading west, meaning the second half will be into the wind. Luckily, I got to use my $50 coupon at Performance Bike Shop tonight. I picked up a helmet liner that covers my ears, leg warmers, and a light-mid weight windbreaker. So I should be ok temperature-wise at least.
And since this is a supported ride, with SAG wagons, rest stops, and the route being well marked, I don't have to worry about hanging on to a pace line that's going too fast. I'll just let them drop me :D
Wish me luck. Recap tomorrow.