So, it's now 166 days until the 2014 STP ride and to date I have purchased a new bike, taken a few short rides, and ramped up my spin-class schedule in anticipation of the ride. The official training guide doesn't have us starting until the second week of February, so I feel mostly OK with where I am, although I am considerably less-fit than most of the people who embark on the ride so I'm a little nervous that I won't be ready.
Maybe let me say a little about who I am to provide some context. I love riding my bike. The bike I just bought for the STP is the fourth one in my shed (more about that purchase in another post) but I really hate the idea of getting rid of any of the others.
My favorite thing to do when I'm traveling and the weather is decent is to rent a bike and go for a nice chill ride and I've been lucky enough to do that a fair amount over the past few years.
I am also a fair-weather commuter and ride the 8+ miles to work on my Giant pedal-assisted bike (which I adore) primarily during summer months. My aversion to off-season commuting isn't about avoiding getting wet or cold so much as it is terror around riding in the dark. I'm generally brave and comfortable riding on all types of roads, but I get creeped out when it's dark and I'm constantly worried about someone coming up behind me in a car and running in to me. My work hours are usually in the neighborhood of 8a to 6p, which means full-light commuting only from about April until October.
So to sum it all up, I like to ride often, just not very hard or very far. I take 45-minute spin classes at Flywheel, which are usually about 20 miles and that is absolutely the farthest I've ever biked in one go. So I'm alternating between being very excited about doing the STP to being terrified that I've bitten off more than I can chew.