On Monday Jenny and I are heading south in search of warm temps. With Bend's weather still toying with winter (40 degree temps and snow) it is the perfect time to get out of town for a few days. This will make the second year in a row that we are heading to Arizona in March for a late Training Camp. The camp will include lots of mileage and lots of hill work and lots of rest and relaxation (hopefully by the pool). I'm hoping to log at least 20 hours on the bike during the camp. Looking at the 10 day forecast brings a smile to my face; absolutely perfect weather (mid 70's and sun).
Jenny and I are heading down for a total of eight days. Next Saturday, I will be participating in the Mining County Challenge ride. It's a 96 mile ride that starts and ends in Superior, AZ and includes 7,000ft of climbing with several 10-15% grade climbs. The event is sponsored by the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club and is now in it's 17th year. I'm sure I will run into some people who have done it every year since the beginning.
This will be the final week of high volume before switching gears and focusing more on higher intensity workouts. The first race is less than one month away and I am looking forward to it. I will be heading to Arkansas to compete in the Ouachita Challenge race. I am dong the 80 mile option which sounds pretty challenging. It will be good to gauge the fitness at that time and work on some of my limiters. I'm sure I will see dome familiar faces at this event as it is becoming quite popular.
Now...here's to a chilly Bend ride Saturday morning!!!