Last week I Skyped with Bud and Margot, the organizers of the Tour du Canada. On June 18, I’ll be setting off from Victoria, BC, and riding my bicycle ta-pocketa across the country, arriving in St. John’s, Newfoundland on August 31. An average of 130 kilometres a day.
I started training for the ride after I got back from my meditation retreat in December. I’ve been on the elliptical in the gym. I know that typically I can cover 20-22 k’s in an hour of riding, burning between 600 and 700 calories. I was worried that this speed wouldn’t be fast enough but Bud and Margot said it would be fine.
My hour-long elliptical sessions also burn calories to the tune of 600-700. So I’ve declared that each session is the equivalent of 20 k’s. Seems fair. By that reckoning, I’ve ridden 665 kilometres since December 15, well on my way to the standard of 2000 km that each rider needs to accumulate by mid-June. So all of this is good.
My longest equivalent distance covered over the last month-and-a-half is 45 k. Nowhere near 130. So I’m nervous. The oldest person ever to have completed this ride was 73, and I’m 69. The mind shouts out “too old”, “too weak” and “too far”. But that’s just the mind. I smile, listen respectfully and let the restrictive thoughts go.
Tomorrow I’ve promised myself that I’ll do 60 kilometres, or fall off the elliptical … exhausted. “But Bruce, that’s three hours on the beast!” > “I’ll take half hour breaks” > “You’ll never make it” > “Oh yes I will.”
And so proceeds the banter back and forth. It’s a good conversation.
I’ll tell you tomorrow how it went. And I’ll try to keep way back in my head the fact that 130 k equals six-and-a-half hours on the elliptical. Am I crazy or just majorly committed to realizing a long held dream? I’ll take the latter, thank you.
P.S. This is my 600th post on “Bruce’s Blog”. Yay!