Now that knee surgery is behind me (and I hope to avoid it from this point on - fingers crossed), my thoughts turn to...what next?
I will admit that I sometimes ponder what it would be like to do one more Ironman race. Obviously, my training plan would have to be seriously altered to focus primarily on swimming & biking followed by a lovely 26.2 mile stroll. Someone please slap me. And for Pete's sake, do not share these musings with my parents. They are not big fans of Ironman racing (something about their daughter spending excessive amounts of time in the medical tent will freak out a parent - I guess).
Anyway...enough of that madness.
I've also been investigating the whole century riding thing. Who knew there were crazy long and very cool rides all over the place? Actually, many people already knew this, but whatever.
I'm already planning on the Heart of Virginia Century and the Seagull Century this fall. Perhaps I'll do some long rides with the IMFL girls, too.
I also found this one in New England:
It’s time to get out of the city and get back to farm country. Check out the photos on this web site -- all taken on The Farm Ride route.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we have an incredible ride ready for you. We’re going to pedal along the river, on no-car bike paths and on quiet, back-country roads shaded with trees. You’ll ride past farms, dairy cows, rivers, tobacco sheds... Overhead is the Holyoke Range mountains. (No, we are NOT pedaling UP the mountains! We’ll pedal in the valley, ALONGSIDE the mountains!)
We’re going through towns that were founded in the 1700s. There are no car alarms here. There are no booming radios. Instead you’ll enjoy a clear sky full of stars, friendly townspeople, great riding companions, fresh local food, and lush scenery.
Sounds like heaven to me...