The long road to Soelden

By Cycling Dad

With the applications to the Oetztaler Radmarathon and Team Alpecin on their way, all that’s left for me to do right now is getting in some base mileage. It finally stopped snowing, so I took the chance to go out on a 100k solo ride today, which was truly liberating after yesterday’s two hours on the turbo trainer. Riding outdoors in these conditions still is not much fun, but Alex was kind enough to lend me her iPod shuffle. A little music makes a big difference when riding in this monotonous landscape (snow everywhere).

Despite the low intensity, my heart rate started drifting upwards right after the short 70m hill at 2:55h until the end. Upon consideration, it appears sensible to do more of these long, low-intensity rides. Here’s the data:

Despite all, I found this lovely documentary about the Oetztaler Radmarathon on former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich’s Facebook page, which I find very motivating. Unfortunately it is in German, but the day will come for online synchronisation. So in the meantime, all my non-German speaking friends please be patient and enjoy the scenes. The slow-motion scenes of dozens of athletes stuffing their faces with carbs must be the most random thing I have seen all week.