May 23rd 2018 – 156 miles:
Ride #3 – Loveland to beginning of new pavement north of Urbanna and back. Good ride added 56 miles to 100 mile ride on May 6th for a total of 156. Felt great with much energy left at the end. No soreness or real recovery needed afterwards. Taking a shot at the ODRAO is looking a little more promising after a quick 100 mile ramp up in May. Was able to see the new pavement which is getting laid down in sections between Urbana and Bellefontaine, it is lower cost pavement approach though still good enough to make the trail a better alternative to the roads. The picture above shows the start of the new pavement. Thanks Simon Kenton Pathfinders for pushing this project forward. https://www.simonkentonpathfinders.org
May 6th 2018 – 100 miles:
Ride #2 – Loveland to Cedarville and back 100miles, good start to the long training rides I felt good and held a consistent ODRAO pace. Felt better at the end of the 100 miles than when I started, lots left in the tank. Running a bit late on training rides this year though made a seem less jump from 50 in January to 100 in May. Will attempt another 50 mile jump to 150 miles in a couple of weeks on the third training ride to make up for lost time this year. Leveraging all that I have learned in the past 4 years to get in a position to make an attempt around the longest day of the year in late June.