The Great Cycle Challenge. Feel free to follow that link and donate.
This is my 8th year doing The Great Cycle Challenge.
My goal is to ride 1000 miles over the month of September, which honestly is not an easy thing to do, so I have stay in cycling shape to have any chance of accomplishing this goal.
Honestly, part of the reason I do this every year is to force myself to stay in shape.
Anyway, I cycle year-round, and part of what I do to stay in shape is to make sure I ride at least one "Metric Century" every month. 100 km or 62.14 miles in one ride.
This past Sunday, I did my "Metric Century" for August.
The only bike jerseys I own are ones I've earned for raising money each year, and this past week, I received my "Super Hero" jersey for 2023.
I wore it on my ride Sunday.
It has actually been over 2 years that I've done at least one Metric Century a month. I missed July of 2021. I've done it every month since then.
Sunday was actually sort of tough. I usually get started my long bike rides real early in the morning. On Sunday I didn't get started until around 10am, which means I didn't finish until about 2pm.
It was in the 90's before I finished.
But ... I did it.
I feel good about my Great Cycle Challenge coming up next month. As long as I stay healthy and my bikes don't break down, I should be good.
Hopefully the weather helps out too.
Feel free to follow my September progress on https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/EricShepard even if you don't donate.
I'm sure I'll post more on this blog between now and the end of September.