I’m glad that 2022 was a just about regular yr for Tour de Whatcom(TDW) and by that I imply no Covid like 2020 the place I did the entire rides as solo/outlaw rides and no oral surgical procedure restrictions like 2021 the place I did simply the 40 mile route. Oh yeah, there was the difficulty with the crappy spring climate that slowed down street coaching, after which the fantastic eye work being executed at PCLI that had me doing no coaching in late June/early July. So, there I used to be 2 weeks earlier than the occasion and I hadn’t ridden any rides longer than 20 miles this yr. I critically contemplated pulling out, or doing one of many decreased mile routes. Nevertheless I actually needed to get again to the each summer time century problem, so I selected to ditch the justifications and go for the 100 mile route; glad I did.
With virtually no time left to coach, my 2 week coaching schedule consisted of a 20 mile journey, adopted a couple of days later with a 40 miler, ready a couple of extra days earlier than a 55 mile journey, then 4-5 days restoration earlier than the century. I’m by no means a quick rider however to scale back my possibilities of the “the bonk” I selected to restrict my century coronary heart fee to about 130 bpm and let the velocity be no matter it was going to be. I had tried this on my 55 mile coaching journey and it appeared to work properly. There have been these hills that required issues to amp up a bit, however I all the time choses the granniest gear and crawled up them; no standing or straining. One other factor I deliberate into the century journey was to barely overdo it on meals, water, and stretch breaks. 100 miles is a whole lot of time on a motorbike so there was no getting round sore arms, again, and shoulders, however so far as power my abbreviated coaching plan and common health stage appeared to work. I do advocate a for much longer and extra sturdy coaching regime to anybody pondering of a century.
This 2022 TDW marked the primary century journey that I’ve executed on a motorbike aside from my Raleigh R600 which I bought from a vendor again within the 90’s and had ridden on numerous centuries. It’s not that the Raleigh isn’t an awesome bike for one of these journey, however for the consolation I selected to journey my Specialized Secteur, a motorbike that early this spring I bought, repaired, then outfitted as a gravel bike. The Secteur”s carbon forks and carbon seat put up together with a typically extra relaxed match simply appeared like it will be more sensible choice given my lack of saddle time. So off got here the large as I might match Gravelking tires and on went a pair of 28 mm GP 4 Season street tires. A lot optimistic on this bike selection together with prior path using expertise, so when a BA pickup towing a BA boat shoved me into the ditch on a no shoulder part of Blaine street, it was no massive deal, like been there executed that, simply shifted my weight again and rode again as much as the pavement.
The remainder the journey went off just about flawless. The entire thing appeared very organized as traditional and the course was properly marked. The remainder stops all had loads of good meals, fruits, bars, treats and even some yummy roasted child potatoes up in Lynden which suited my vegan tendancies. I do know that Grocery Outlet was one of many sponsors however there have been many extra. Examine them out at their webpage; Tour de Whatcom. Humorous not so humorous truth about the remainder stops; they moved the Birch Bay relaxation cease from the State Park to alongside the strip. I simply thought the couple in entrance of me was stopping in for a beer as I rode proper by the cease; my dangerous, not the organizers.
All in all a really pleasant journey which I’ll stay up for pedaling once more in 2023.