My Fourth Book, Your Century RideI have just finished my road cycling book. Your Century Ride is an expanded and enhanced version of my second book. It has additional chapters and more insight into how to ride a Century ride for the first time. I have met some road cyclists and non-cyclists who think that riding 100 miles in one day is a superhuman feat. Usually non-cyclists, just gawk and stare for a moment or so. With some training and planning, a Century Ride is still tough, but it is not impossible.
For years I thought that riding a Century was for other cyclists. I did not like climbing hills and did not ride much beyond 30 to 50 miles on Saturday. My fitness was fair, but not great. I saw a few charity rides in progress over the course of a season. The packs of cyclists with the ride numbers and the rest stops filled with food and water. As I began to ride further and tackle more hills, I slowly began to change my mind about participating in a charity ride.
|Do you obey the Walk Your Bike here?|
I take the reader through the current bike choices, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium, detailing the pros and cons of each. I review the increasingly complex bike technology that has grown significantly over the last 10 years. The data available to the cyclists has grown from speed and cadence to pages and pages of bike and health data on our bike computers. I describe simple training plans and how to complete them in a manner of weeks. I take the perspective of an average cyclist who is now riding 30 miles on a typical Saturday. I am an engineer who works in an office, and I am not a former high school or college athlete who can spend hours per day training.
In the book you’ll discover:
• How to train for your century ride
• How to avoid the mistakes that could ruin your day
• How the proper bike components help and why maintenance is crucial
• How to ride with a large group of cyclists
• How to handle hills and weather along the route
• How much, and what, you should eat and drink, for the ride
• How to finish the ride strong and have fun
|Lunch break for the Cool Breeze Century|
in Goleta, CA