200km is just the beginning

The view from the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse.

…or so it is for the seasoned randonneur.

I’ve ridden the first two brevets in the San Francisco Randonneur‘s 2010 schedule. Being only February, I am feeling a lot better about my cycling fitness level as this is usually the time of the year when I let the shorter days and wetter weather dictate my cycling regimen.

I did my first century and rode AIDS LifeCycle in 2006 and since then I’ve tried to make it a habit to train for at least one century (100 mile ride) a year. Up until this point, I had only done one 200km ride. And honestly, I felt pretty bad ass after I had completed it. I just finished my second 200km of the year and I am feeling both proud about working toward new fitness goals and also really intimidated about what randonneuring offers.

Looking forward on the SF Randonneur’s schedule, the next two rides are a 300km ride at the end of this month and a 400km ride at the end of next month. That roughly translates to 180 and 250 miles, respectively. After about 80 to 100 miles on my bike, I have been feeling like the tanks are running close to empty and can’t help but monitor my mileage closely as we approach the finish. Not only that, but I have bonked (everything feeling a lot harder than it should be) at some point on both rides and have also had some sore areas that I wouldn’t notice on shorter training rides.

Moving on, I am pretty sure that I’ll need to make some changes in my preparation. I’ve found some really good reading material at Ultra Marathon Cycling Association‘s site about training and nutrition. I really can’t call myself an ultra cyclist, but the idea of being one sounds pretty cool I must admit. From what I’ve read so far, it sounds like I have a lot of room for improvement.

I will probably sign up for the 300km and will have the 400km in the back of my mind. Wish me luck!

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