I have been working hard to get ready for the Cycle Utah ride. Primarily I have been riding my “Loop 1” route of around 30 miles and really pushing taller gears. And it seems to be paying off.
I have hit a 14.5 mph average on the loop, which considering it is urban with a lot of intersections and stop lights, is not too shabby. I do occasionally get to cruise at the 18 mph level. Not often but enough to give me some encouragement and noted improvements.
The thought is to ride the loop often and push where it counts up the hills in as tall of a gear as I can. This is instead of doing longer rides with maybe more hills but less frequently.
I get up at 4:30, have a cup of coffee and out the door at 5 am. I am back by 7:30 am or sooner. I have my ride done in the coolest part of the day, don’t need sun screen, no traffic for much of the ride, and see lots of critters like coyotes. Also many runners and walkers too. It is almost ideal.