This is not cycling weather. Dense fog and black ice make roads treacherous. Instead, I walked to the club for a steam, shower, and shave.
I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. They’re whimsical and contrived. I have goals but don’t wait until January 1 to make them happen.
So, I don’t make resolutions. But sometimes, just sometimes, they are made for me.
This Christmas my son gave me a Gift Certificate for the 2016 Whistler Gran Fondo, a 122 km race boasting an elevation gain of 1,700 meters. So, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 you will find me, along with 7,000 other enthusiasts, on the picturesque Sea-to-Sky highway, climbing north to Whistler on 2 wheels.
I have cycled this distance many times. And, I do a lot of climbing. But this ride is different. Very different. It starts at sea level winding its way on a roller coaster like road to Squamish for 80 km, and then climbs steadily for the next 40 km finishing at the Whistler ski resort. I always wanted to complete this Gran Fondo but could never justify the registration fee. In fact, the ride is even on my Cycling Bucket List. I guess my son wants to make certain it happens.
So, my New Year’s resolution is to complete the ride and, at the same time, not embarrass myself doing it. I know I can finish but I want to do it in a reasonable time, a time to be established at a later date. My son races the course and, for the past several years, has finished with the leaders. I certainly can’t match his time but I don’t want him waiting for hours to see me finish.
I will have to train differently than in the past. I need a better power-to-weight ratio. You know what that means. Weights. More hill climbing. And, less food. I won’t discuss the plan now but, in the coming months, I’ll outline how I’m training differently and, the progress I make.
Have you made a New Year’s cycling resolution?