If this make me sounds like a whiner, forgive me. But training wisely is important to me.... I'm 95% certain I know the answer to the question I pose below, and I know exactly what I'd tell someone else to do in this case. But sometimes, with myself, it's not so easy. (A good argument on why it's not always smart to be your own coach.)
I'm signed up for the Gran Fondo Century in San Diego on Sunday, but now I'm wondering if doing a 101-mile bike ride is the right thing to do in the middle of a big 70.3 training block. I'm NOT doing an Ironman this year, and swimming+running are a bigger priority than cycling in my training. The longest ride I've ever done is 80-something miles, so I don't want to be wrecked from a huge long hilly (5500'+) bike ride--something my body's never experienced--going into my 3rd and final build week before Oceanside half-IM. However, I love cycling and doing GF sounds exciting and challenging.
I was just looking at the GF website, and I can transfer to the 53-mile course no problem (with that, a t-run could work out well). Also looks like I'd still be able to the first 30ish miles with the century riders... so I'll get to be with friends, one of the main reasons I'm doing this event in the first place.
Lastly, not that this matters so much, but I see there's a chance of rain in the forecast for this weekend. Again?! C'mon El Nino... lame. GF webiste says event happens "rain or shine." Riding 101 miles in icky weather doesn't sound fun.
Thoughts? Opinions? I need 'em!
PS - Ron, I'm going to mention something about sweet potatoes vs. yams in my next post, as that's often been a big topic of debate with some people, haha.