Kimani and I pedaled into the Ex2Adventures 9hr Cranky Monkey race with a expectation to have fun. First or last as long as we had fun getting there. Between us we hammered out 11 laps of fun. I could not have pedaled with a better partner. We are already discussing what in next on the duo team race schedule.
After 3 days and 317 miles, our first bike trip is completed!
So often as individuals you get caught up in your day-to-day routine, your daily struggle. We came to the trip with our own strengths and weaknesses, but we took the time to step out of our routines.
We biked 317 miles with a total of 21 pedaling hours. There were no major mishaps. We only had to replace one intertube from a nail and two rear tires that finished the trip, but will never roll again.
Upon arriving in Kitty Hawk, NC we ordered up some well deserved drinks and snacks. The conversation turned to when the next trip will take place.
We are just finishing our second day and I want to let everyone know we are doing great. A little sore in places, but in great spirits. The days and the miles have been longer than we planned. We had to find alternate routes due to road conditions or back track after a missed turn.
We will depart on the July 23rdto bike 100 miles starting from the house in Leesburg, VA to arrive in Ashland, VA for the first night. The 24thwe will cover 98 miles between Ashland to Chesapeake, VA for the second night. The last day will be 98 miles with us arriving in Kitty Hawk, NC.
Christina Hinkle will be driving the SAG wagon. We are planning to meet every 30 miles the first day. The second day will are planning to meet at the 50 mile middle point. Depending on how things go we will determine the schedule for the third day stops. The hope is to bike unsupported as much as possible.
Our route will have us use the WO&D trail to depart Northern Virginia to pick up US Bike Route 1 to south of Richmond. Once past Richmond will we cross the James River and jump on Route 10? Route 10 will take us through Smithfield where we will use Route 17 to work our way over to Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake will be our last stop before Route 168 will take us to Kitty Hawk, NC for some needs drinks and snacks.
We will post our route map each day with a blog of the adventures.
I used my Sunnto to track the workout and it shows the training story. The 3 red dots on the bottom is when the t6c was stopped and we transition from bike-run-bike-run. The top chart is my heart rate and the bottom is the EPOC/Training Effect. With a long training day I took it easy on the first bike, but you see the spike on the first run. After that everything settled in and the second bike and run was a steady climb. I ended the session with a Training Effect of 3.9, which means a Highly Improving workout.
I got off to a great start in February. I had 8 swim sessions, 7 Bike workouts and 11 runs. The winter weather had me moving the training schedule around and I lost some riding days. I tried to get my core workout every other day.
Going into March my race schedule starts and I have a race each weekend. Depending on the race I will work in a long bike ride 1 or 2 days before or afterwards. I will also add a brick work mid week, where I complete a bike and follow with a run. Depending on the schedule on want to get 2 long runs, 15 to 18 miles. As you can see it will be a busy month. My training goal will be to build up to a strong 4 hour session.