Tour de Cure: 10 weeks and 23 pounds away

As many of you know, I’m now on the hook to ride the 75K/50Mi route of 2009 Silicon Valley Tour de Cure on Sunday, June 14, 2009.  Since I took the winter off from riding, I’m seriously out of shape and still well above the weight I’d like to be, with barely 10 weeks to go. I would like to be under 200lbs. by the event, or as close as I can get.  (I haven’t weighted under 200 since 1995). I’m under the gun and that’s how I work best.

For training, my weekly goals are:

  • Mon-Thurs: Ride to work (38mi round trip) two days
  • Saturday: Ride 5 miles further than the week prior;
  • Lose at least two pounds;

Initially I will just ride portions of the 50 mi. Tour de Cure circuit, increasing my training route distance each week.  On Saturday, May 30, and again in Saturday, June 6, I need to ride the complete circuit to be assured that I’m really read to hit the hills with the team.

The 50mi. route — which I consider grueling and full of hills by my amateur standards — maps out as follows:

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