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.
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?
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.