March of 2011 is where my mileage really seemed to have taken off. I was riding my bike more to and from work on a daily basis. Sunday was a typically “big mileage” day where I would go out and do a 40+ mile ride, usually with my neighbor, Bill. We had some training to do and if we were going to even come close to riding a straight 24-hours, we needed to start doing some long rides. We worked up to a 3-4 hour duration the month of March.
I had 2 back to back 100-mile weeks in March. It had been a while since I had the “century” week. It felt good. To do 2 of them back to back felt even better.
March was a good jump start to my mileage. If I was going to presumably ride 2,000 miles in 2011, March gave me a good start.
April, on the other hand LAUNCHED me into a mindset that ended up lasting the rest of 2011 and allowed me to blow 2,000 miles OUT OF THE WATER and land where I did, with over 3,700 miles.