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Habitat500 Training Tip #7

Posted: 2009-03-23 09:51:06

Planning – you gotta have a strategy to get down the road, again, and again, and again and again and again and again and again.

My strategy is “pedal early, pedal often.” I am an early riser so I find myself at the front of the breakfast line just about every morning. This is not because I want first dibs on the treats but because I want to get on the road! (At least that is my story.) Most mornings I was packed up, fueled up and on the road at 6AM. Since my bike is so comfy, I find myself not needing much time off of the seat. I stop at the three rest stops for no more than 15 minutes to use the restroom, eat, get water and sunscreen (in that order) and then get back on the road. This way I can maintain my mile eating pace of about 12.5 miles an hour for 6 to 8 hours and get to camp between 12 and 2 PM depending on how long the day’s ride is. If you go too fast you may not finish every day, if you go too slow you may not finish today! There is a fine line of balance that needs to be maintained. This works for me, it may not be for everyone but it gets me down the road. Some people get down right religious about their routines when it comes to riding 500 miles. If I thought doing the hokey pokey every morning would get me down the road successfully you would probably see me putting my right foot in at about 5:30!


-Nathan Thompson
Executive Director and
written after the 2007 Habitat500

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