Thursday, March 18, 2010

Seattle to Portland

So my friend Jessica, who I did the Birkie with (and by "with" I mean she did the 55k and I did the 23k and she only took 45 minutes longer than me), has convinced me to do the Seattle to Portland ride in July. I'm so susceptible to peer pressure!

So I wasn't planning on biking this summer, seeing as I have a marathon in September to train for. But now that I have someone who will ride with me... well, it will be fun! Jessica and I will ride bikes, talk about boys, and drink beer afterwards.

So once I started thinking about training for a double century (didn't I mention it was a 200 mile ride over two days?), I realized... this should be the summer I do a Half-IM.

I'll hopefully have my run base up from marathon training and I'll be forced to put in saddle miles to train for this and really, getting in the bike miles is the main reason that I have been hesitant to do a Half-IM.

This race is two weeks after the STP ride. I figure that puts my big ride two weeks out and then I can taper. And then I have August and September to finish marathon training.

What could possibly go wrong? It's not like my knee does start killing me every time I run uphill or anything!

At least the bike ride is apparently pretty flat, for better or worse (no climbing means no coasting). I actually think the days of RAGBRAI that I have done might be hillier than this course.

Hmmm, I wonder if there is pie in every town like on RAGBRAI?

9 comments:

Lisa said...

I might actually be in the US in time for RAGBRAI this year and am trying to convince the B man to do it with me. But I'm still waffling...

but I think you should do it!

(...marathon in september? what??

(...uh oh...)

Al Dimond said...

Last summer I'm pretty sure tri training made my running better. At the very least, it let me do tough workouts without pounding on my knees.

I'd think that biking would especially complement marathon training. And Seattle-Portland looks like a cool ride. Except way too many people.

Black Knight said...

In my opinion biking and running are a good cross training but not before "the main event".

Jenny Davidson said...

I think it sounds like a great idea. I did a half-iron race about ?7 weeks before my marathon this fall, and it was excellent - I never had that feeling I had the year before in marathon training of running at the limits of injury, the biking really is excellent cross-training...

BrianFlash said...

200 miles in two days?! Maybe Jessica will let you sit on the whole way...

touch said...

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Rainmaker said...

Ohhh.... My Dad signed up for STP as well. Looks like he'll have some company!

sanjeet said...

I think you should do it!
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