- The Assault on the Carolinas - 62mi ride in the early spring that was one of my favorites from last year. Starts and ends in Brevard, NC and benefits the Rotary in Transylvania County.
|AOTC 2013 finish line|
- Beech Mountain Metric - this is a new event for 2014, and is a metric century event in Beech Mountain, NC. Starts and ends at ~1mi above sea level, this is going to be a challenging climbing event.
- The Ride to Remember - this is a 3 day event where riders travel from Simpsonville to Charleston, SC. Proceeds from this ride benefit the Alzheimer's Association. The lengths increase from 60mi to 80mi and culminating with a 100mi ride to the coast. 240mi in 3 days will be a real challenge, and will test my ability to recover and prepare. This is also a fundraising event, so I will be working on creative ways to gather support for the ride.
Beyond the planned events, I have a few other goals I would like to cover in the process.
- Complete a training plan - This one sounds easy enough, but sticking to a 10-12 week plan is very challenging. It means finding a way to ride when riding is the last thing you want to do. It will mean NOT riding when I should be resting, and preparing myself mentally and physically for the rest of the year. So far I am working my way through a training plan using Training Peaks right now that will finish right before the Assault on the Carolinas. It is going to be very challenging, but I think it will ultimately be very beneficial.
Feb 3-9 training log.
- Quality over Quantity - Instead of just putting in miles all the time, I'm focused on my rides having a purpose. If this means spending an hour with The Sufferfest to get a workout to target certain aspects, or just following the training plan, giving my workouts a purpose should allow me to do more with less time on the bike.
- Balance Bike & Family time - last year to meet my mileage based goals I ended up riding on both Saturday and Sunday ... a LOT. This meant taking time away from my duties as a husband and father. This year I am looking to balance that out, making sure to not rush out on the bike when I don't need to, and getting my other goals accomplished around the house. I'm hopeful that this can extend to finding a way for the whole family to spend time on the bike together as well.
|Taking a Water Break|
With focused goals that are within my own ability to control and manage, I think 2014 will be another good year on the bike.