While my efforts pale in comparison to a race around the world, or even across America, or, for that matter a 200k brevet, I'm pleased that I've been able to put in about 100 miles OUTSIDE so far this year. Throw in a handful of sessions on the trainer, and the fact that I've been watching my diet to lower my cholesterol, and I'm in better shape than any recent February. I'm not quite ready for a week-long tour, but I've got several months for that.
I've got my eye on several possibilities for this summer. My brother-in-law suggested Pedal Across Wisconsin, which looks like it would be fun. The Springfield Cyclist seemed to enjoy it in 2011. I've also looked at the routes for Tour de Kota, which I've done, and RAGBRAI, which I have not. I've looked at BRAN and CANDISC, although BRAN is not a loop, which creates some logistics problems, and CANDISC is bound to go northwest along the Missouri again sometime, and that's when I would like to ride that.
Ride The Rockies just announced their route, which looks spectacular (I'll preview that in another post), but is also not a loop, and BTC is heading into Wyoming for part of their ride. Speaking of which, my other brother-in-law is looking at Tour de Wyoming in July. That ride looks fantastic too. I would have to make a long drive to Jackson to join him for that. And of course, if you've ever read this blog, you know my heart belongs to CRMBT. I would absolutely love to return for my 5th year with them and see the fantastic people and amazing scenery I've grown accustomed to.
Whatever ride I end up doing, I'm certain it will be great fun. I can hardly wait. It's a good thing that blogger doesn't charge by the link, or after this post I wouldn't be able to afford to ride anywhere.