I don’t make these kind of mistakes as much now in my 40’s as I did in my previous decades on this planet. I usually steer clear of the really bad decisions from all the painful lessons and humiliation that I have sustained from my youth.
In retrospect, I still don’t understand how I managed to say YES to the challenge of biking 100 KM in a single day. I mean, I’m 35+ pounds over-weight and I am getting closer to 50 than 40 years old. I have been really busy with work and Embrace Niagara and probably haven’t been out on my bike 12 times this year — and certainly no more than 20 KM in a single trip.
As I think about it, I may have ridden 100 KM in one day a single time in my whole life and I would guess it was close to 20 years ago.
So, why do it?
First off, it is for a great cause. Mac’s Bikes in Niagara Falls has put together this 100,000,000 mm Bike Challenge dedicated to the memory of a fallen member of their ranks, Michael Ricci. They are hoping to make this an annual event with the proceeds from this years’ event going to Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC).
Secondly, my life has become a lot of eating on the run, meetings over high calories and cold beer and way too many long hours planted in front of my computer and drawing board. If I don’t make some more aggressive changes in my lifestyle my life and health will suffer for it.
Thirdly, I love being active, I love biking and I particularly like hanging outside in Niagara with great Niagara people.
Fourth, this will make an interesting series of articles covering my training, my struggle to prepare for this event and my attempt to accomplish this challenging feat.
Fifth, I don’t take on challenges of this nature very often as I get older my life choices become safer and safer. Pushing ourselves, our limits and our expectations of what we can accomplish are how we get in the habit to challenge our limiting beliefs in all areas of our lives. Sometimes you need to make the tough decision and do something way beyond your comfort level even if it is before you are ready.
So, what is this going to take? I made the decision that I was going to do this on Sunday, August 26 — the event is Sunday, September 30. This is essentially 5 weeks of training – 3 days a week of resistance training, strict eating (3 meals, 3 snacks every day, balanced protein/carbs with low fat) and cardio 3 days a week (primarily long distance biking).
My goals are to shed a reasonable amount of body fat while maintaining or increasing my lean body mass and to increase my endurance for long distance riding. All while balancing my work load and avoiding any injury.
Other challenges I need to work around are a surgically rebuilt shoulder that is already bothering me with the longer rides and an inactive thyroid that is responsible for sluggish weight loss. Also, I don’t have a 2 zillion dollar bike, I ride a basic Schwinn mountain bike that I bought last year at Canadian Tire for a couple hundred bucks.
So far, this week I did 20 KM on Sunday and 23.5 KM on Tuesday. I will not be able to fit much more than that on weekdays around my schedule but I am hoping to get some longer rides in on the trail systems on the weekends. If weather cooperates, I am hopeful to get in 3-4 trips a week between now and ride day.
I plan to write at least 2 more articles between now and the after the ride is completed. I will chronicle some details about my diet, the weight (and fat loss) as well as my training schedule. I hope that you find my journey interesting and maybe decide to join me.
Of course, if anyone wants to sponsor me, please feel free to email me directly.
JUST THE FACTS:
100,000,000 mm Cycle Challenge – September 30
This is a 100 KM bike ride for all levels of riders put together by Mac’s Bikes in Niagara Falls.
We will be riding for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC).
It is our intention to make it a fun ride, so we will be riding together in a big group which will be supported by the Mac’s Bikes delivery van.
Mac’s will be providing a bicycle to anyone that needs one. Bicycles are limited, so availability will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
There is a $30 registration fee to cover a t-shirt, snacks, drinks, and food after the ride. Any money left over from the registration fees will be donated to CCFC. A free lunch will be provided by Subway Sandwiches in Ridgeway.
The ride begins from Mac’s Bikes in Niagara Falls, travels west along McLeod, along the Welland Canal trail south to Port Colborne, east through Ridgeway to Fort Erie and back north along the Niagara Parkway.
For more information visit the official webpage on Mac’s Bikes website.