It has not been an easy two weeks to be persistent about cycling. Slushy rain, crazy wind, one day with gusts up to 40 mph. I gave up half way that day, and jumped on a bus. But I had second thoughts. The bus took twice as long.
This evening, with a steady freezing rain and hardly any wind, seemed like a relative walk in the park.
But I am training for the Seattle to Portland ride in July, and I’m never going to get there if I let a little windy rain stop me. I logged 72 miles of riding this week, eight short of my training schedule. Next week I need to hit 100.
Yes, I know I sound a little nuts. I get lots of “You’re crazy,” or, “You’re going to ride home? Today?” But I have gotten to insanity slowly, bit by bit. First I rode a few times a month. Then a few times a week, usually half of my commute by bike, half by bus. Now I’m riding every day, going the entire route from Redmond to Seattle about half the time. I’m adding miles every week.
During my gradual ramp-up, I’ve learned the routes, I’ve learned more about my bike, I’ve learned to match my clothes to the weather, and I’ve learned how to be safer (Blinkies, Wayne!). And I’m in much better condition. I still have a long way to go on the fitness front, but I know how I’m going to get there. And it’ll be slow going, just like it has been up to now.
I’m a reverse infomercial: Get fit slow! Take forever to lose weight! Let’s see where you are in two years! But I figure gradual change has a better chance of sticking. I take a very long term view, i.e., what’s important is reversing trends. I was probably gaining about two pounds a year. Not much, but add that up over five years, or 10. Not pretty. If I reversed that trend, I’d be back to college weight in 10 years. Not that I really want to be that skinny again, but you get the point.
It’s worked so far, about 9 months into the plan. I let you know if it really worked in about two more years. Maybe three. In the meantime, if you want to let me know what’s working for you, chime in…