I’ve been thinking about doing a century ride (100 miles in one day, one single ride) but because I ride solo the vast majority of the time, the thought of that distance all by myself has always discouraged me.

Then late last year, my nephew Ben added “Cycling” to his list of activities on Facebook. Over the holidays, I asked him about it, and it turns out that he really got into cycling last summer. Then he says he’s thinking about riding a century sometime in the summer od 2011! So we agreed to ride one together. We’re both psyched!

I mapped out a couple routes and pending visual inspection, we’re leaning towards a ride that takes us around Lake Delta and Oneida Lake.

I also found a couple training programs here and here (both are pretty similar).

In the past, I’ve been very much a fair-weather rider. I’m going to have to get out there and start riding on days that aren’t perfect. (Once spring hits and the weather at least warms up some, of course!) And on days that I don’t ride outside, I’m going to have to make sure I do so indoors on the exercise bike.

Miles last week: 134.

This week’s inspirational message:

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.