May marked really the last month of freedom when it comes to training. The big focus of June will be crushing the Great Cycle Challenge and getting used to new experiences, but more on that later. May was the last “laid-back” month of the year heading into the big ride.
Rain and more rain and then no rain. That about sums up the weekend adventures for biking. I headed out Friday with plans to finish a minimum of 150 miles and with hopes to get all 200 miles in as I made my way northeast to Madison, WI. Instead, I finished at 107 miles and rode the rest of the way in the car with my wife, happily dry.
You see, Brooklyn, IA, is a self-purported Community of Flags. So many questions. How many flags need to be present in order to be considered a community? Do the flags meet regularly like a Neighborhood Watch situation to keep the community safe? What is the human infatuation with flags?
I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge this June with a goal to pedal at least 1,200 miles and raise at least $500 for children’s cancer research.
This trip was designed to carry me into Pella, IA, home of a random Tulip Time festival where they let their Dutchness all hang out.
As I enter this training regime for the long ride in July, I have myself penciled in to complete 20 100+ mile rides, including the five days of biking from Iowa to New York. In other words, I will be attempting to complete seven more century+ rides between April 29 and July 29 of 2017 than I have completed in the past five years. And that countdown started with this Saturday’s ride.