Century Ride Training

Things are still depressingly slow on the weight loss front (we’re talking half a pound a week lately, even though I think I’m doing pretty well most days). Boo.



I was not saying boo-urns.

But I do feel pretty proud of my long weekly bike rides. I’m definitely building strength and endurance, maybe even getting a little faster.  It’s so hard to gauge my true speed, though – the factor that most seems to impact my time is the type of route I’m taking; of course I fly on bike paths compared to having to stop at every red light when I ride through downtown.


Check out my two most recent trips, courtesy of Señor Garmin and Mademoiselle iPhone Camera:


Saturday, January 12


My home near USC to Redondo Beach and back!


I know I’m lucky when I can go for a ride in mid-January and it looks like this:



On the Marvin Braude bike path in Hermosa Beach.

Saturday, January 19


From Encanto Park in Duarte, along the San Gabriel River Trail and Rio Hondo Bike Path and then back… whew!


It was quite an adventure, taking me up and over the Santa Fe Dam, and then down a couple of great paths past a rifle range, a model airplane flying site and the Los Angeles Flight School, where I saw prop planes taking off. And the scenery was stunning!



This Saturday, I’ll be volunteering in the morning, and then after lunch with my fellow volunteers, I’ll try and ride from downtown LA to Long Beach and back, another 50-miler. The century ride is only 37 days away!


8 thoughts on “Century Ride Training

  1. Basically, I’m trying to get a short ride or two during the week, and long rides of increasing distance in on weekends. I started with 30 miles, then 35, then 40, then 50. Plan do do another 50, then 60, 70 and 80 before the big ride. Feeling good so far!

    Are you training for something?

  2. Great rides and I’m very jealous of the weather! A century would be so fun to try sometime. Enjoy it as its low teens here in Iowa with wind chills making it close to zero.

    • Ballona Creek is always great (except when they close parts of it for construction), but Marvin Braude had places where there was so much sand I had to get off and walk the bike. Frustrating, because the views are so pretty!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s