September 10, 2011 – Graveyard Grind Metric Century – Woodstock, CT
September 11, 2011 – Yoga Workshop – Ashtanga Full Primary Sequence – West Hartford Yoga
September 18, 2010 – Vernon to Vernon 80 Miler – Vernon, CT – Vernon, VT – Vernon, CT
September 24, 2011 – Chesapeakeman Skipjack – Cambridge, MD (1.2 Swim, 64 Bike, 10 Run)
September 25, 2011 – Yoga Workshop – Restorative Yoga – West Hartford Yoga
October 1, 2011 – Sunderland Clover Century – Sunderland, MA
October 9, 2011 – Great River Ride – Westfield, MA
October 13, 2011 – Yoga Workshop – Yoga Tune Up: Hips – West Hartford Yoga
October 15, 2011 – Hartford Half Marathon – Hartford, CT
October 16, 2011 – Yoga Workshop – Hip Help for Classic Poses – West Hartford Yoga
November 5, 2011 – Ironman Florida – Panama City Beach Florida
|Great River Ride – Keystone Arch|
While I’m excited about Chesapeakeman and the Hartford Half, the “race” I’m truly looking forward to in the build up to Ironman Florida is the Great River Ride. Its a tough 111 mile bike through the Berkshires with 12 categorized climbs and over 6000 feet of climbing.
Back in 2009, I attempted this ride as part of my “training” for Ironman Arizona. It was a disaster. My training log entry for the day simply says: “Great River Ride. Worst bike ever.” I think that was probably an understatement. Shaun and I set off an hour after the official start time and within the first twenty miles there were more hills than I had climbed all year. Once you thought you reached the top of a hill there was a turn and more climbing.
|Great River Ride – Westfield River|
I was fat, out of shape and woefully inadequate at climbing hills. Instead of sucking it up and climbing, I threw my bike down on the side of the road and had a temper tantrum (very mature, I know). Shaun and I ended up bailing around the 40 mile mark and finding our own route back to the parking area. This year I am ready. I’m lighter, fitter and can climb hills (just sit and spin). I’m ready to attack the 111 mile course and actually finish the entire ride with a smile (and then go for a T run right off the bike). I’m not sure what will be a bigger accomplishment PRing at Ironman Florida or just finishing the Great River Ride.