Anyone following my blog or tweets knows that I’ve been talking about this for a while. Back on April 1, 2009 I made a post about It’s time to get serious about cycling (my weight loss). Kind of a dubious day to make a post like that but I wasn’t fooling around. In that post I mentioned that I would register for and ride a century. That century will be the Waco Wild West Century in Waco, Texas on September 26, 2009. Tomorrow is the day I officially start training for it.

I won’t technically be starting from ground zero when it comes to my training for this century. I’ve been riding anywhere from 50-70 miles a week for the past two months but it hasn’t followed any specific plan. It was mainly to get me back in the saddle and accustomed to riding more. On July 4th I hit the 12-week point until my century and the point where I told myself I would start training by following a plan. That plan is the 10-week basic training plan found in the June 2009 issue of Bicycling Magazine on page 70. I know it’s a 10-week plan and I have 12 weeks to go. I’ll repeat weeks 1 and 2 twice so I can get used to the plan and make any adjustments I need before the 10-week point. I’m going to follow it as closely as I can so that anyone else thinking about riding a century, and wants to follow my plan, will know what to expect.

My plan is to make a blog post everyday about the ride for that day and what I ate so you can see the nutritional aspect as well. I’m not a nutritionist so I’ll be experimenting and open to any help/suggestions from the seasoned riders who read this blog. Additionally, I’m going to be very transparent on how this training is impacting my body by providing you weekly measurements such as my weight and circumference of my neck, waist, chest, thighs and so on.

I had some pretty big plans as far as fund raising and contests but they are on hold right now. Because I started this blog to improve my health and prevent myself from suffering from heart disease like my father, I wanted to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Unfortunately, my emails to them have gone unanswered up to this point. Without a fund raising avenue I’ve been wary of soliciting companies for swag to giveaway. Before I get tons of questions about why I don’t just fund raise with Livestrong let me re-iterate that heart disease and the American Heart Association are what’s near and dear to me personally. If something changes in the next 10-12 weeks on this front I’ll keep you posted.

I guess that’s about it. I’m looking forward to the next 12 weeks and what it’s going to bring.