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October recap

Monday, November 1st, 2010

October was a great month of riding for me, especially gravel, with a great ride in Ferdinand, IN, and culminating in a two-day camping trip in and around Big South Fork, in southern Kentucky/northern Tennessee.

I was easily on track for a 500-mile month, with 483 miles going into the weekend, but I didn’t ride at all over the weekend. It feels sort of wasteful now, but I just didn’t. I did rest a lot, and I’m finally starting to feel rested again after that exhausting camping trip. Really it was a lack of sleep that had me exhausted more than the riding, but both played a role.

Now that I’ve had a bit of a break, I’ve got it in my head that I need to be more proactive about evening rides. Normally, I try to do two evening/training rides each week. This gets more difficult as the days get shorter, and realistically I haven’t stuck with this plan for a while. But I need to try harder. Some weeks I haven’t even done ONE evening ride, and commuting itself is not really enough training to stay in shape for the longer rides, which I want to continue doing. A better light is in my future, hopefully, but not immediately. I’ll have to make do with what I have for now.

So, October stands at 483 miles. Not bad. I’m at 4,120 total for the year so far. I’m close enough that I really think it would be great to hit 5,000. That would take a real push, so we’ll see! I’d also like to do at least one, if not two more, century rides before the year is up. That would certainly help move me toward 5,000 miles for the year.

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