Are you new to the sport of bicycling? Are you looking for incentives to keep you riding? Why not set yourself a goal? Choose a large, organized ride which would be fun to participate in, and set your goal to ride that distance comfortably.
The best part is, you don’t have to look far to find a great ride. One of the largest bicycle clubs in the nation is right here in Indianapolis –the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (C.I.B.A.) – and they host a myriad of rides year round. A particularly fun and unique ride is Navigate Indy This Evening – the N.I.T.E. Ride. This 20 mile ride starts at 11:00pm (at NIGHT) on the IUPUI campus. Highlights of the route include: White River, Monument Circle, Butler University and Downtown Indianapolis. What a hoot this is to be bicycling at the midnight hour! And the fun continues when you stop pedaling with a post-ride party.
If this sounds like a fun event, then start building your mileage today. You have 7 weeks to prepare. Each week, shoot to bicycle 2-3 days per week. One of those days is your distance day, in which you start at 8 miles and each week add 2 miles (see table below). The other day(s) of the week can be whatever distance you desire – just get out and have fun on the bike. This plan will have you ready to ride a comfortable 20 miles just in time for N.I.T.E. Ride on June 25th.
N.I.T.E. Ride Mileage Buildup:
- Week of May 9th – 8 mile ride
- Week of May 16th – 10 mile ride
- Week of May 23rd – 12 mile ride
- Week of May 30th – 14 mile ride
- Week of June 6th – 16 mile ride
- Week of June 13th – 18 mile ride
- Week of June 20th – 20 mile ride