Brevet Season: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

With my first 2012 ACP 200K in the books and the D.C. Randonneurs fleche coming up this weekend, I concede that brevet season is upon us. That time of year where I start to burn the candle at both ends and try to act like everything is all part of my regular routine.

Felkerino on the 2012 Urbana 200K

Yes, it’s totally normal for me to get up at 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday for a 200K, and then get up early the next day to ride another 50 to 100 miles.

Yes, it’s run of the mill for me to ride my bike for 24 hours straight over the weekend and then show up wide-eyed and alert at the office at 9 a.m. on Monday.

Yes, it’s business as usual to try to keep up with my regular weekday gym schedule despite the uptick in weekend miles. Why am I so tired? Hmmm… who can say?

Yes, I always feel this hungry. Are you going to eat that Peep or what?

Our brevet steed: the Co-Motion tandem

I enjoy the brevet season so much, yet it does make me dig into the reserves. I’m not one of those people that’s built for these big efforts on a regular basis.

It’s challenging to commit to the long rides (300K and longer) and not experience some constriction. We still have jobs, family, and other things (do I need to mention laundry again on this blog?) that demand care and feeding.

In some ways I think it helps that Felkerino and I ride the brevets together. We know first-hand the demands and fatigue that the brevet season can bring. On the other hand, we both get worn down by the exertion of the long rides and we have been known to feel frayed by our efforts.

I hope to be able to keep up some semblance of blogging during the season (somehow I’ve found a way to make it work in the past), but I know the most important things for me are: family; rest; training; food; bill-paying; and doing well at my j-o-b. Other things will take a back seat until our brevet goals are met.

If you’re out doing the rides this year, I’ll look for you on Twitter, Facebook, and/or the blogosphere. I wish everybody a healthy season of cycling. See you on the road, my friends.

5 responses to “Brevet Season: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

  1. I have nothing but the greatest respect for you and all the others who are committed to brevet season. As one who has a non-randonneuring partner who is supportive but a little exasperated at what it all involves, I think you are very lucky (and so is Felkerino!) to have someone to ride the brevets with.

    Best of luck this season!

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  2. Holy cow, that’s some impressive mileage. I mean, having read your previous posts I saw that you put in a lot of miles on you bike(s), but contrasting that against your non-brevet schedule is pretty eye-opening. My hat is off to you, madame.

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  3. Thanks to you both! And Lisa, I think you are right that it helps me to have a partner who can relate to the rides and the experience. I don’t know that I’d be up to doing the full series by myself. It helps to have Felkerino there to share the journey.

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  4. Hope to see on the road tomorrow!

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  5. Well put. After months of planning, dreaming and base training, the season of joy and suffering is upon us. I am thrilled and a bit concerned about how to fit it all in at the same time. As a school principal with a wife who runs a dance school and two teenage kids, spring is literally the busy time of the year, making training and brevets that much more difficult to squeeze in. Once I get all of the logistics sorted out, though, the relief of leaving everything behind and pedaling zen-like through hill and dale is amazingly refreshing. Best of luck to you both. Hope to see you on the roads soon!

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