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Habitat500 Training Tip #4

Posted: 2009-03-02 11:43:52

Practice – you can’t go far with out it!


This is the fourth time that I have ridden in the Habitat 500. It is my goal to pedal at leased 750 miles before the ride to make the 500 miles of the ride more enjoyable. This year I managed about 600 miles as the season starts in the wet days of March and April. As the weather warms up so do local Habitat projects that keep me busy and getting in an evening ride can be a challenge.

It is usually best to practice with a buddy so I find myself calling friends and fellow Habitat 500 riders to get them to share my pain. Our most memorable training ride was one that Jon Siman and I did. We left at 5:30 in the evening from my home and pedaled a 60 mile round trip to Skibo lookout south of Hoyt Lakes and made it back home at 10:00pm. The last 20 minutes was a bit dicey as we found ourselves in the dark with only small reflectors to alert oncoming cars!


The more I pedal in the spring, I have found, the less I hurt when it comes to doing this for seven days in a row. I would have to say I did a fairly good job, though next years goal is 1000 miles before the ride starts!

-Nathan Thompson
Executive Director
written after the 2007 Habitat500


If you are inspired to get out and bike for Habitat, visit http://www.habitat500.org/ to learn more and register today! Or call 866.749.8910 or email habitat@nslchfh.org to sponsor a rider for NSLC Habitat!