Just four points separate me and the guy in second place for National Bike Challenge… I’m going to lure him in today with a nice little 13 mile ride into downtown Swartz Creek, I wouldn’t even be surprised if he takes first place this evening… Then WHAM, drop a nice century on him tomorrow. Oh, what I’d pay to be a fly on the wall in his house on Sunday morning. And the best part is that there’s almost no time to recover. Now, this actually could get interesting. If he’s got a long ride planned for tomorrow as well…
Well, I’ve read from several competitive racing bloggers that it helps to know your competition, so I just checked mine out. Tim is a commuter – 18 miles a day, minimum, but he’s taken every Friday off his bike this month. In addition, his longest ride for the month is 43 miles. In fact, that was his longest ride since May – and his biggest Saturday/Sunday punch was this month at 73 miles. Of course, his long ride day is Saturday and then he commutes long to work on Sunday (usually 29 miles there and back)… I can tell you this, the guy is dedicated – he’s riding to work at 1 pm and riding home at 11 pm, in the dark. With my 13 mile ride today and 100 tomorrow, I should have a comfortable enough lead to take a rest on Sunday.
There’s more than 54 points between me and third place, so any way that this shakes out, it’s a first or a second place finish for the state for me.
Some of you may be wondering why this is a big deal to me… After all, we’re only talking about a challenge for a tracking app, yada, yada, yada… And you’d have a point. But when you consider the fact that I’ve never actually won anything… with the exception of team sports, this might make a little sense. To come in tops in my state, out of 600 other people who track their workouts for an entire month… Well, hopefully you can cut me some slack for being fired up.
This coming Saturday I’d planned a long but very simple/boring ride to finish September off big and to virtually guarantee a first place finish for Michigan in the National Bike Challenge. I was planning to drive from my mother-in-law’s house to Midland (45 minutes), ride 50 out then back and drive back to my mother-in-law’s.
Mrs. BDJ came up with a much better idea though. Instead I’ll be riding from Harrison to Clare where I’ll pick up the trail, ride to Midland and then head back. Now that’s an adventure!
Just the thought got me so fired up I had to temper myself on my ride this afternoon. I started out easy enough, but I got going in a hurry. In the end, after stopping at every light and stop sign on my 16 mile ride I still managed an average of 19 mph… No stops and I’d have been at 21 easy.
Tomorrow, I’ll ride easy with the misses before packing up and heading north… And then it’s on. I can’t wait. I’ll be sure to write about before Sunday morning.