Scooby’s Double Century Bike Race Sunday

My Double Century Race Sunday (aka Scooby’s killer leg workout)

As many of you know, one of my fitness goals for 2012 is to do a double century – a 200 mile bike race.  Well, my first attempt at accomplishing this goal will be on Sunday.  I say attempt because its quite likely I may not succeed on my first attempt so I have already scheduled a second race in October.  No time goal, my only goal is to finish the race before the course closes.  Next year I can make it a goal to better my time by 10% but for now, just completing it will be an accomplishment enough.  Although I have been keeping in very good cardio shape, I only started my double training in earnest 2.5 weeks ago which is hardly enough to get into top cycling shape.   Conditions for the race look fair, not great but not bad.  Temps will dip into the low ’30s which is far coolder than my preference but as long as it doesnt rain and the winds are under 25mph, I can’t complain.  There is rain forecast for the following day so hopefully it wont come early!  The race is 200 miles and has about 8000′ of vertical climbing if I remember correctly.

Tomorrow is time to do some zen-bonding with my bike.  I will take it apart down to the last nubbin and clean, polish, and lubricate everything.  Doing this is therapeutic for me and makes the bike happier too.  In any case, having complete and total confidence in your machine helps with performance.  I love the feeling of being on a well-lubricated and spotlessly clean bike knowing it will perform when called upon.  Anyway, I will be out of touch this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for race preparations.

Wish me luck!

 

Scooby Biking

51 thoughts on “Scooby’s Double Century Bike Race Sunday”

  1. Good job man!
    best regards from Sweden
    I´m going fron North Sweden (Porjus) dawn to Paris 1960, 17 teen years old, alone. A dam good trip.
    I cross my finger that you will fix it realy simple, You are in good shape.

  2. You can do it scoob! My Uncle is 62 years old and he just finished RAAM…Race Across America…from San Diego to the coast of Maryland in 12 days. He averaged 220 miles per day inorde to finish in the allotted time frame. He’s only the 3rd man in his age group (60+) to complete this race in almost 30 years of it being held. I have no doubt at 52 you can complete a 200 mile trek in a day. It’ll be tough…but as Rob Schneider said in Water Boy “You can dooo eet!”

  3. You are a beast Scooby!
    I just did a 72 mile ride with a vertical climb of 7000ft and it was hell!! to top it off, it was pouring like crazy! I can’t believe you are doing a double century… that is just insane! good luck to you and I hope you make it! YOU CAN DO IT!

  4. Scoob .. stay in a big group the entire time, don’t feel bad about drafting. I reckon it’ll save you at least 20% energy. Furthest I’ve cycled was 80 miles and I bonked at 50 which ment 30 miles of hell, so I have huge respect for your attempt! Good luck!

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