Update: I am STILL recovering from a calf injury that I sustained in January of this year (2016). All activity beyond just existing has provoked it so I’ve shut everything down. Therefore no H2H for me this year. I hope to be able to get to riding before long and will use the Winter to rebuild fitness and establish some sort of base.
I’m planning an Imperial Century for 2016. I’ve already done one of them ( H2H ) so the actual goal of riding 100 miles isn’t my burning desire. I certainly want to do it again but I’m going to make it the end result and not necessarily the goal. It’s the lettering on the icing on the cake. Some of my objectives will occur as a result of the 100 miles itself however.
I’ll list the goals and objectives and then chatter about them below.
- Ride Result – Ride the Imperial Century at a much healthier bodyfat % <- I could stop here, actually
- Ride Result – Average 15 mph during ride time
- Ride Result – End ride in good physical and mental shape
- Get to 50 mile distance as soon as possible
- Achieve 100 mile weeks by outdoor or trainer rides starting first week in April 2016
All the above serve goal and objective #1.
Ride Result – Ride the Imperial Century at a healthier body fat %
What’s this mean? If I’m eating right, recovering properly, and putting in the work then in theory almost each say I’m at a healthier body fat %. Goal met too soon? Well technically yes but I’m shooting generically for 12% body fat. Is that what is right for me? Not sure, I won’t know until I approach it. Could be that I need to be above that but I doubt it. Could be that I need to be below that … maybe.
By getting there (properly) my fitness will increase and I will arrive (or come close to) my target BMI, whatever that is. I’m picking 200 lbs as the body weight I would be at as it seems right according to the mirror. I’ll let my body fat % determine the weight my scale says though.
Ride Result – Average 15 mph or more during ride time
The Dayton Cycling Club has rider classifications which go from “D” (9-12 MPH for 20 miles) all the way up to “AA” (22+ MPH for 100 miles). Right now I consider myself at a “C” (12-15 MPH for 40 miles) classification. Averaging 15 MPH or more for a distance of 65 miles results in a “B” classification if done during an official ride. Obviously 100 miles satisfies the 65 mile requirement, I just have to figure out how to make my planned ride an official event.
End ride in good physical and mental shape
Completing the ride isn’t the goal. I’ve done an Imperial Century when I wasn’t properly prepared and it was painful. I was actually hoping my bike wold break in half around mile 80 so I could stop. I wouldn’t allow myself to quit but if my bike broke? THEN I would HAVE to stop! I don’t want to do a fun 100 that same way again. I’m sure I’ll attempt some distance in the future where I’ll end in pain, like a 200 miler, but for a distance I’ve already done I want to prepare and ride it to finish in good spirits and physical condition.
Get to 50 mile distance as soon as possible
Fifty miles seems to be a distance that I can achieve even if I don’t have a massive amount of time. I could do it in the morning as part of my commute if I wanted. That would be ONE HECK of a morning commute but if I could pull that off as well as a weekend 50 miler I’m well on my way to increasing my fitness and satisfying an exercise component of my healthier me.
According to the MapMyRide.com calorie estimator if I rode 50 miles (using my age, height, weight) at 15 MPH at medium intensity I would burn 3500-4,500 Calories. Wow! Even if that is the normal over-estimation that the calorie estimators give I will still assume it would be a TREMENDOUS way to start to my day.
How realistic is it to ride 50 miles and still be in my office at 8 am? Not sure. It is an opportunity that I have the time for but I just need to have the will power to get up early enough to get it done.
Achieve 100 mile weeks by outdoor or trainer rides starting first week in April 2016
Part of getting to 50 milers as soon as possible means that when I can get outside in the spring I need to have a decent base that has been maintained or built in the cold months. I already have started getting my indoor trainer setup going but the challenge is to make it interesting. Many experience this “make it interesting” challenge so I’ll be doing plenty of reading to look into the various virtual apps, mind games, etc.