Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Training update, mainly on the bike for now

Long ride Saturday morning did not start very well.  Within the first mile, I must of ran over something with my back tire. About a 6 minute fix and I was back on the road.  I had planned on meeting up with some riders from a local bike shop, but with the downtime with the flat, I figured I would be out on my own, which I would have been happy with. After about riding 10 miles solo, I met up with the back end of the group ride. I really had no intention of staying with or following their ride, now that I had been out on my own.  I threw in some hills to my ride and finished up early before the heat really kicked in.  I  leave my house on my rides knowing which ever way I head out I can head to a hilly area, a slow incline (a negative flat) or just plain flat smooth riding.  I planned on venturing to the river bottom again, so on the way back is a great just under 3 mile hill climb.  My weekday rides have been held closer to home or at home on the set of rollers. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

50 mile training ride

Last Saturday morning I joined the tri group for a 50 mile training ride.  Not sure I would be able to hang on, I was stoked about getting in some good miles.  The route was planned but no course set in stone.   Met up with them at 5:30 to get much of the ride in before the heat arrived.  There was 9 of us out there, and the first 12 miles or so the pace was pretty fast. The pace slowed down after a member flatted, and we  were able to regroup.  I just sat near the back of the group and focused on my hydration and my nutrition so I would be able to finish the ride strong.  33 miles of the ride were on pretty flat roads or very little incline.  Near the end of the ride we headed down the backside of Usery Pass down to the river bottom.   At the river bottom we turned around and climbed back up the backside and back to where we started.  I was glad I brought my three bottles, two insulated bottles with frozen electrolyte fluid (perfect)  in them and the other with just plain water.  I mainly used the plain water to drink after eating a gel, to get it in my stomach and then also used the water to spray on my Recofit Icefil cooling sleeves.  The ride ended just before the heat of the day started to rise.  Getting back on the trainer at home every night this week and looking forward to another group ride next weekend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Training is moving along

I am looking forward to this weekend to get in a few longer road rides. I have been stuck indoors this past week on my rollers. I was able to attach a resistance unit to my rollers. It has really improved my training. Before I was stuck in the highest gear to get the best heart rate workout, and now with the tension on the back wheel more I can use more of my gears on my bike. I will get more into the roller resistance unit in my next post. I have kept my hydration up and started again on the light weight/ resistance band workouts also.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The heat is here.

Wow the summer heat is here. I have had to increase my fluid intake to keep from getting dehydrated. Workouts have been moved to as early as possible with the sun rising at about 5:15am. The more I can get done before the sun rises to high, the better.

Friday, June 1, 2012

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