Sunday, November 26, 2006

Training - Week 8

A very good week.

Number of rides: 6
Riding time: 18 hrs
Time in mid/high aerobic zone: 5 hrs
Best ride of the week: It's a tie: (1) Sat. roco was great; felt solid for all 4 hrs; rode the two climbs hard with Ben Haldeman; finished strong on C.O., and (2) Sunday: roco-OSM-Painted Cave-Stagecoach-Painted Cave-home; with the boyz; stood the whole way up stagecoach due to silly $5 bet with Geoff.
Other: nothing but riding this week.

Notes:
  1. I've adopted a new Thanksgiving ride tradition--do a long'ish ride getting to the edge of bonking, ride through a really nice area (Hope Ranch or Montecito will do) taking in all the incredible aromas wafting out from the kitchens, and do not eat the food you brought along. Instead, just relish the hunger ...and remember, that sensation is a daily reality for many of the less fortunate among us.
  2. After many years following the conventional wisdom of going easy and long for much of the offseason, I've decided that doesn't work for me anymore. If I feel good, I will ride at a threshold pace. Here's why... I don't believe in burn-out, at least physically, at the kind of mileage most of us ride. As long as we eat right and get enough sleep, trained cyclists should be able to handle 20-25 hrs a week with a decent amount of intensity. And personally, mental fatigue won't be a problem either because I can sustain my motivation knowing this may be my last year racing hard. Plus, in California, most of the good races are early. My favorites are in March, April, and May. Besides, you never know when the rain will hit--it will hit eventually--and you'd hate for that to be precisely when your intensity is supposed to start, after having softpedaled the previous couple of months.
  3. This blog is getting too serious and boring... I need to do something to get on Ron Takeda's "list"...

7 comments:

TnA said...

It wouldn't have been a tie if you'd done the WHOLE ride on Sunday...it was spectacular up at the top of La Cumbre.

What's this "last year racing hard" stuff?

Are you SURE you want to be on Ron's "list"????

Marco Fanelli said...

> Are you SURE you want to be
> on Ron's "list"????

He's getting lazy. I'm gonna jab him right in the eye. Tell him he better bring it...

Marco Fanelli said...

> It wouldn't have been a tie if
> you'd done the WHOLE ride on
> Sunday...it was spectacular up
> at the top of La Cumbre.

Yeah that would have been nice, but I was pretty worked. Good job btw, that's a lot of climbing! Did you show Mark S. all the way back to the roco? What do you suppose he thinks of his new teammates??

Steve Swartzendruber said...

Mark S. had a great time, I just talked to him - said that is now his new favorite ride. He liked meeting the team, but was curious as to the origin of the name Dr. Gay. I gave him one of the possible explanations...

Wish I was healthy and could have gone farther up the hill instead of straight home and to bed.

TnA said...

>Yeah that would have been nice, >but I was pretty worked. Good job >btw, that's a lot of climbing! >Did you show Mark S. all the way >back to the roco? What do you >suppose he thinks of his new >teammates??

According to the Polar, by the time I got home it read just shy of 7000 ft total of climbing. I was tired too...but not super tired. I guess all the trips up to the repeater station at "Sweetspot" intensity are paying off ;-)

I "escorted" Mark all the way down to State St. He turned left and I turned right.

It's funny...at one point he asked me who are the "good climbers" on the team, and I basically named everyone on the ride! He also said he was pretty impressed with that ride. He couldn't believe how many different passes/climbs you could do in such a compact area.

Marco Fanelli said...

TnA, Druber:

Maybe next time we can do a ride in Mark's neighborhood, like climbing up hwy 33 and head toward Cuyama.

TnA said...

I like that idea...I've never gone up 33 before (not even in a car!)