The TOGO920 challenge is to cycle 920 kilometers in 8 weeks. We are up to week 3 and I am way, way, behind, but still feeling confident that I can make the distance. I have time off over the next couple of weeks, so plan to spend longer hours on the bike.
Last week wasn’t a good week for bike riding. We had heavy rain here for the first few days which meant no riding at all. It wasn’t safe to go out on the roadbike with the slippery conditions and the rail trail was very soft and boggy for the first few days. But fortunately the weather brightened up and I managed to get three rides in. The total for the week was 96.1k, about 20k short of my weekly target. So I’m still a little behind where I should be, but have all of this week off, so intend to get caught up by the weekend.
My highlight ride of the week, was riding Great Victorian Rail Trail. It was a spur of the moment decision made on the day, when I put my trail bike in the back of the car and headed over to ride from Seymour to Yea and back to Seymour. Riding on this trail was great, the scenery was beautiful and the rain was heavy. By the end I was soaked through to the skin but very happy. Coffee at the fantastic bakery in Yea made the day perfect.
The Great Victorian Rail Trail starts at Tallarook and goes through to Mansfield, with a side trail to Alexandra. My plan is to go back in the next few weeks, and ride the other end, from Yea to Mansfield.
The other highlight ride was yesterday on the road bike, when I road 38.3k, not a huge distance, but the longest ride that I’ve done in a few months. The ride was also on a new route from home that I found, which was great riding. I felt really great at the end, and able to ride further.