The weather is FINALLY beginning to heat up which means two things for many triathletes across the country…1. Getting the bike off the trainer or rollers and back onto the pavement and 2. The reemergence of awkward tan lines which are almost a rite of passage for endurance athletes that spend hours out in the sun.
This year we had an atrocious winter in the north east. We on Long Island didn’t have it as bad as those in New England, but for several solid weeks there was snow on the ground and sand/salt sprinkled about our roads. With very little transition time, we went from the cold dreary days of winter to the midst of warm spring days with temperatures in the 60s and today hit the 70s. These first few weeks of warmth are often a time for those of us athletes who train year round the opportunity to test the results of winter training.
To get the bike back onto pavement, be it riddled with gravel and potholes, is one of the most welcomed times of the year for me. Time to end the monotony of endless pedaling without going anywhere and finally have something to show for the work we put in.
Last weekend, the boys of Organic Endurance made their way up to Harriman State Park, a well known spot to ride with huge amounts of elevation change in Rockland County, NY. The park tends to have very quiet roads (unless a crew of either hundreds of Lamborghinis or motorcycles is riding by) and gives rides of all abilities a real challenge. In just under 50 miles of riding we hit somewhere north of 4100 feet of elevation gain which is awesome, especially as Challenge Quassy and IM Lake Placid are known for having tough climbs on their bike courses.
This past week, we crossed the 100 days until Ironman Lake Placid mark and what better way to celebrate than to pedal 100 miles this morning. Coach Nate and I headed out from Heritage Park in Mt. Sinai and rode east until the road ended at Orient Point (on the north fork of LI). We got out there, turned around and headed back. We hit just around 100 total miles, Garmin recorded 99 of them. It is great to finally be able to see everything gained from spending hour after hour on the indoor trainer this winter.
At this pace, I will be toeing the line this year at Placid in the best shape possible, and hope to be a force to be reckoned with. Until next time, keep up the good work!