Yesterday marked the completion of my first three weeks of training for my first century and since Mondays are a rest day it’s weekly re-cap time. For those that are new to this series I’m following the Century Training Plan from the June 2009 issue of Bicycling Magazine to train for my first century ride the last Saturday of September. Along the way I thought I would document the effort to see what changes my body would undergo and to, perhaps, provide a little inspiration to others who might be looking to cycling as a way to lose weight or improve their fitness.

Even though the Century Training Plan in Bicycling Magazine is 10 weeks in duration I decided to modify it to a 12 week plan by performing the first two weeks of the plan twice. This week was a repeat of Week 1. I felt I needed the two extra weeks because, basically, I’m not Lance Armstrong on a bicycle. I’m way overweight and out of shape and wanted those two extra weeks to help prepare. I had been riding before the start of this program so it wasn’t like I just decided on Day 1 that I wanted to start training for a century. I firmly believe that if someone decided to start this program cold turkey on Day 1 that they would end up quitting because it is a lot of riding.

This past week was tougher than I expected it to be especially since it was a repeat of Week 1 of the Century Training Plan. Perhaps I was lured into a false sense of security thinking it was just a repeat of Week 1. It was still 117 miles of riding. Yesterday in particular was a very tough ride where wind, and possibly, fatigue were factors. I don’t think the fatigue is ride related either. I believe it’s due to lack of sleep because I’m the world’s worst person at getting the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Too many nights I stay up late reading or messing around on the computer and only end up getting six hours in the rack and sometimes less. I’m going to make it a short-term goal this week to get eight hours a night to see how it works out.

Below are the measurements taken this morning. I’m seeing little to no change over last weeks measurements which can be a little frustrating. The thing I need to keep re-enforcing upon myself is that I’m not going to change overnight. If you’re nearly 100 pounds overweight like I was then it’s going to take a while to get down to where you need to be. I may be seeing little change from week-to-week but I’m hoping that when I’m done with my century I’ll see a good steady decline. I won’t be done when my century is complete either. I’ll still have a long ways to go which means my training can’t stop. Here are this weeks measurements:


  • Neck: 17 in
  • Chest: 45.5 in
  • Left Bicep: 14.5 in
  • Right Bicep: 14.5 in
  • Waist: 47.5 in
  • Left Thigh: 27.75 in
  • Right Thigh: 27.75 in
  • Left Calf: 18.5 in
  • Right Calf: 18 in

The riding numbers for this past week look pretty good with me actually averaging above my planned century pace of 15 mph. I will point out that the hours only indicate the amount of time spent riding the specific workout for that day. For instance, if the workout is a two hour endurance ride I reset my bike computer after my warm up so I get an accurate log of just those two hours. Once the two hours are up I pull the computer off and do a cool down. Because of that I’m not logging my warm up or cool down mileage which could probably add another 5 miles or so per day to the total mileage. Here are this weeks riding numbers:

Mileage Numbers:

  • Riding Time (h:m): 7:30
  • Total Mileage: 117.1 miles
  • Avg Speed: 15.72 mph

That’s it for this weeks re-cap. I believe I’m making good progress but I’ve still got 7 weeks to go until my century on September 26, 2009. I’m hoping those 7 weeks will see big changes both in my measurements and my riding.

If there are questions you have about my century training please feel free to ask. I may gloss over some things that a beginner might need to know so don’t be bashful. Ask away.

Also, I’ve decided to slow down my posting frequency of my Century Training Series. Why? Because it’s actually quite hard to come up with stuff to make each post interesting and if they aren’t interesting they’re boring. I don’t want my four readers to be bored. Plus cutting back lets me post other content on days I don’t write about my century training. So, starting this week, I’ll post about my century training on Monday and Thursday leaving the rest of the week for my award-winning pontification that my rabid readers rely on to make it through their day.