Monday, December 01, 2008

C & O Towpath End to End in One Day

So next year I have a bunch of stuff going on and I am very unlikely to do the TNT Tahoe ride. That doesn't mean I won't be cycling though.

I do understand that I will need something to keep my training focused so that fitness does not go to pot next year. I'm nowhere near fit enough to race road so I'm going to look to something else. I will likely do a couple centuries next year, but I was thinking that I should put something bigger on my agenda to focus the body and brain.

What I have come up with is a ride from one end to the other of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath in one day. This is a 184 mile ride from Cumberland to Georgetown in DC in 24 hours. This is doable - in the sense that I know folks have done it - not that I am ready to do it. But there are alot of issues outstanding that I would need to resolve and work through in my head before I do the ride. If you have any experience with this ride or similar rides I would love your insights either in comments or at tom (dot) jones (at) gmail (dot) com

1) What did your training plan look like? Standard progressive increases in distance each week? What was the longest training ride?
2) How did you organize the support for the ride? I suspect I can rope Noel into this adventure - what would she have to do?
3) What did you ride and how was it outfitted? I am figuring on using the 'cross bike which currently runs 35mm panaracer cinder x's . I assume a rack of some sort will be in order.
4) Anything peculiar necessary on the nutrition front?
5) What am I not thinking of that I need to do?

Thanks in advance,
Tom

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