2017 Ride the Rockies

Training Journal


What will this year bring???

We took 2016 off and did only a couple of organized rides, mostly due to finances and family obligations conflicting
with most of our favorite rides, but also to spend a year riding where we want when we want without the pressure of training
for specific rides. Although I didn't get in as many miles as I wanted or planned, it was a pretty awesome year.

This year, finances are playing another heavy role, but so are our work schedules. Lizard works most weekends now.
We're excited to have been drawn for Ride the Rockies, and we're signed up for the Colorado MS-150, but we likely won't
get many chances to train together. For the first time in our marriage, we'll each be training on our own most rides.

Here's to hoping 2017 will provide glorious cycling experiences for both of us, together and apart!


January 2017
8 January 15 miles Snowy, freezing Waterton Canyon. I didn't have the right gloves and couldn't make it to the top because my fingers got too cold.
31 January 20 miles Snowy, bitter cold Waterton, this time dressed for the weather.

February 2017
11 February 22 miles Waterton Canyon; good ride, even though I miss riding with my soul mate.

March 2017
3 March DRAWN!!! We've been drawn for Ride the Rockies!!! Let the training begin!!!
4 March 18 miles Deer Creek Canyon; first ascent for me since 12 March 2016!!!
5 March 18 miles Waterton Canyon; stiff, chilly headwind, but beautiful day, fun ride!
11 March 32 miles Waterton/Chatfield Loop; cold but beautiful windless ride!
17 March 14 Miles Waterton Canyon after a full day of work; not much daylight remaining, first shorts and short-sleeved ride of the year, wind-free.
18 March 22 miles Deer Creek Canyon; hot, light wind constantly changing direction, my goal was 10 miles up, made it 10.5, threw in a "Chandler surprise" at the end and rode UP, UP, UP to Deer Creek Park parking lot just for the extra climbing practice.
20 March 33 Epic Miles Took the day off to ride with Lizard on his day off; Waterton/Chatfield/dirt ranch roads loop; excellent weather, great wildlife, properly fueled and hydrated, awesome to ride with my true love again. Fantastic day and ride!
25 March 30 miles Waterton/Chatfield loop, warm but chilled by wind, had to cut planned 40 miles short due to mouse elbow
26 March 15 miles Waterton Canyon; darkness, elbow pain held me at a lower mileage

April 2017
7 April 14 miles Waterton Canyon after work to find out if the elbow can handle a bigger ride tomorrow...
8 April 40 miles Waterton/Chatfield loop I intended to take back on March 25 but had to back out of due to elbow pain; halfway to a typical Ride the Rockies day!
14 April 16 miles Waterton Canyon, short ride after work, GORGEOUS weather
15 April 10 miles Waterton Canyon; had to bail early again due to elbow pain
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