Today was a fun ride, decided to go on Tim’s 4th of July Ride this ride by Cyclefit Solutions (a local outfit that does bike fits and also helps sponsor a cycling team), seems to be a bit of an annual tradition and was lots of fun. Not a face paced ride which was good for two reasons for me, a bit of knee pain seems to be developing (more in the muscle then the joint so good thing) and the plan was for a gentle ride.
photo credits to Damion Alexander a great cycling advocate for Tucson and always at the ready with his camera.
Ride mainly Zone 1-2 for 30 minutes. Follow this with 60 minutes building to Zone 3. Do this section on the trails working on flow at a moderate effort.
So this was a bit more of a fun ride then initially planned. Due to a unforeseen parental transportation need for Eric, the plan was changed from Pistol Hill south to Urban Assault Loop. This ride makes it a little harder to hit the 60 min tempo just because of the nature of the terrain, but was able to mostly hit my numbers while still keeping it a mostly fun ride with friends.
Ride Zone 2-3 today. Use big gears only keeping your cadence between 70 and 80 for most of the ride. For any climbs you encounter, push even a bigger gear at 60-70 rpm.
Climbs I encounter, ha ha ha. Really, so probably blew the zone out of the water a bit here since I went up mount lemon and decided to play Sam the YoYo. What is this game you speak of? Well, Eric and I start together and I ride up the hill at a slightly faster pace and he tells me where to go to turn around, and off I go as he grinds up the hill. Then I turn around and roll down to him and then we play again, over and over again… Intervals of unknown length…
Worked on nutrition again today, was a bit of a struggle to get the required calories down, certainly going to have to rethink a bit here. I’m thinking can’t go strait water am going to have to have some calories in there as well. Probably try scratch which should help provide a calorie base that I can build on with gels and the like.
Well looking at the numbers it looks like I was in zones 2-3 for about 2:30 min of the ride, zone 4 for about 1:30 so maybe not that far off, probably should of held back a bit more on the climbing efforts but it was hot so I was maybe in a hurry to get up high where it gets cooler.
If you have anything left after 4 of these, do one more maximal effort with whatever you have left. Today’s workout is a maximal day, so leave nothing left.
Always training rides up Mt. Lemon have a special feeling, always suffering, the only thing that changes is how long the duration and how close to the
edge you get. I do worry that doing intervals undermines the rest portions of the sets a bit… Still struggle a bit holding the high power levels at the end of each interval… too hard at the start or just a lack of commitment to the suffering?
Ride Zones 1-3 off road. During this ride focus on “flowing” through the trails. Look ahead and into the trail, brake before/after and not into the turns, and think/plan ahead.
So today was hot… how hot? Well it was 105 when I started riding and cooled down to a comfortable 103 by rides end. The impact was that I think that my heart rate was a little skewed (cardiac drift much) but over all felt pretty good given that I had a fever yesterday.
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So as time passes, I really want to work on getting back to this blog. Let’s see if the blogging can keep track with the training.
Certainly things are rolling in the training for Leadville world. Coach Drew has me sweating and hurting…
Just me and the bike out for a spin.
Well it is time to start riding again. Enough of the rest time and enough of unfocused time. Focus is about making every ride about something, is it about power, is it about endurance, is it about recovery. Every ride can be about getting somewhere down the road.
So what then was today about, that is a good question. Today was about sustained effort. Freeman is a good place for me to work on this. Hard effort, stop sign, hard effort, probably should of done some laps up this but it is a start.
Too much time in the idle zone, have to push harder on the sections I should push. Not a great plan today…