With less than two weeks before RAGBRAI, the quality and amount of my training has dwindled down to nearly nothing.
I blame the Tour de France. (It’s always something else, and never me, apparently.)
In one of the cruelest twists of the bicycling universe, the Tour and RAGBRAI are always happening at the same time. In the very cruelest twist, RAGBRAI happens on the last week of the Tour. You know, when all the really important stuff happens?
It wasn’t as much of a problem last year, since Lance Armstrong was more likely to be seen cruising the roads of Iowa with RAGBRAI instead of rocketing along the roads of France. But this year, Lance is back in the Tour, and so far it’s been a great one to watch. As of this writing, he’s tied for first place. And on Friday, July 10, the Tour hits its first mountaintop finish this year.
WHAT?!? That’s supposed to be my next big training day! On Thursday I have to work a day shift, but I’m working on Friday night, so that was supposed to be a chance for me to try and fit in some miles!
You’d think that with a DVR and endless replays of the Tour on Versus, I could just go ride and then watch it later. But no, I want to watch it when it happens. And by the time the race is over I’m often too wiped out to get on my bike. (Michelle’s lucky; she doesn’t have Versus, so she’s not as distracted from training as I am.)
I’m just hoping that the riding I’ve done collectively over the past few months has helped prepare me for the major increase in miles that RAGBRAI will bring. Other things I’m foolishly hoping will help are new tires and the proper wearing of my bike shorts.
This weekend also will help. Michelle, I and other members of Team Whiskey Riders will be participating in the Tour de Brew on Saturday. I must admit, being able to ride with friends makes it much easier to skip watching the Tour de France than when I’m riding on my own. (That, and having a DVR.)