August was my heaviest training month despite starting to taper early. Total training hours 81:23, total miles 1081, TSS 3610, kj of 33471 and total climbs of about 50,000 feet.
The Eastern Mountain Tour begins with dinner on Saturday the 8th and begins at 6:30 EDT Sunday. My bike is on its way via FedEx. I did a trail packing of my bag to check on weight. Max weight is 40 lbs and I want under 35. First try was 35.7 so I'm feeling pretty good.
But the first week of weather looks like rain. That complicates packing. In Colorado I know that the rain in the mountains will be cold. Will the eastern rain we warm or cold. Do I pack total inclement weather gear or will just a light wind breaker. I have packed it all.
Then there is the south to north route. It will be hot in Atlanta but what will it be in Portland. Probably a lot cooler and maybe cold. I am staying in Portland for three days so I need to carry something more than my REI wash-in-a-sink stuff.
Did a fast 50 mile ride today (9-1) and my legs are feeling very good. Tomorrow is a rest day. Monday I will ride a couple of hours. Overall I will ride most every day this week but I plan on being very well rested next Sunday when the riding gets serious.