2014 Pacific Populaire
Three weeks until the Pacific Pupulaire, a 100 km group ride around parts of Vancouver and Richmond. I have been training in the gym and on the spinning bike all winter but I am certainly not saddle ready. The first long ride of the season is a challenge. The legs and butt are not accustomed to 4-5 hours on the road.
I have 3 weeks left to prepare. I am planning a 60-65 km ride this weekend and a 75-80 km ride the following weekend. I will also commute to work 3 days a week and put on extra kilometres on the way home, completing laps around Stanley Park and repeat climbs up the Prospect Point Hill. That’s 175-200 km a week on the road. I will also continue with the 75 minute spinning class that I am enjoying so much, probably on Thursday evening instead of Sunday, keeping the day open for longer rides.
I am also going to lose a few pounds following the tips from the video in my previous post. The less weight I carry, the easier the ride will be. In particular, I plan to postpone breakfast until after a morning ride, eat a larger breakfast and smaller portion dinner.
Inaugural Roberts Ride
And, I plan to ride the rebuilt Roberts. Although the bike is heavier than the Garneau, it will be more comfortable, if a little slower. I have a few items to fine tune on the bike (still working on the fit) but expect to have them done within a few days. I intend to train on it over the next several weeks so that I am confident it is setup and tuned optimally for the ride.
The ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, my father’s birthday. He would have been 98 this year. I’ll think of him the whole ride. The health problems he experienced late in life motivated me to cycle more, strengthen my heart, reduce my weight and eat a more balanced diet. This ride is for you Dad.
Are you planning a century this Spring? It is an excellent way to begin the season. It motivates you to get our on the road early and builds enthusiasm for the rest of the season.