Some folks will say it’s the fancy-pants bike that makes you faster. And years ago, I would have agreed. But to me, the most important factor that determines how fast and efficient you can be with your current fitness level on your bike is – a perfect bike fit. 3 years ago I actively sought out a bike fitter because I was having horrendous saddle issues. (It took me 11.
There has been a lot going on over here in Hawaii these past few months. Work. Travel for work. More work. I am currently here in Kona for the Ironman World Championships – not to race, but to get my Retul Bike Fit certification! Yes! I’m now a Retul certified fitter and I’ve got to tell you that I love, love, love the knowledge I’ve gained. I can’t wait.
The definition of slow is subjective, of course. But regardless of your pace as a runner, you have a self-defined “slow” speed and it’s usually something you are trying to get away from. This is probably more common for folks that define themselves as slow. And one runner’s slow is another runners PR so let’s all keep that in mind. I had a 4 x 800 session on my schedule.
The only reason I got up on Day 3 of Ride The Rockies was to eat. And do laundry. But eating was the main focus. Lots of eating. And drinking. I was so thirsty. There was an option to ride that day. Or take the day as a rest day. And seeing as my knees SCREAMED every time I tried to sit down, it really wasn’t hard for us to.
Course: 95 miles 4,213’ of climbing Hotel in Winter Park: The Vintage Resort Hotel in Steamboat Springs: Rabbit Ears Motel Weather Report: Morning: mid 20’s to low 30’s warming up to high 50’s with chance of afternoon mountain shower Day 1 Ride Report Our alarms went off at 6am. I had not slept well that night. No fault of the hotel or bed or anything – just the fact that.
Boulder to Winter Park Course: 89 miles 11,315’ of climbing Hotel in Boulder: Courtyard Marriot Hotel in Winter Park: The Vintage Resort Weather Report: Mid 30’s early with a high in the low 50’s, chance of a late afternoon mountain thunderstorm after 3pm. Just look at that map. Who wouldn’t fear that map? Jens Voight maybe! But me? That map really put the fear of God in me. Not only.
As with any event, I was really ready to be done with the training for Ride the Rockies. Done. Over. No more. Our island is small, my dog needs a baby sitter, and it got hot. And I wore out all my cycling shorts. I was just done. So I was oh-so-happy to get to taper week and ship off our bikes to Colorado. That didn’t mean I was the.
Here it is! Written for the Ride the Rockies blog but appropriate for anyone training for a long endurance event that finds themselves with tunnel vision only seeing the numbers on the training schedule. Enjoy. Know When to Fold ‘Em or How to Save a Shitty Ride Have you ever had to resort to drastic measures to save a ride or a run from disaster?
The organizers of Ride The Rockies decided that day 1 of the 2014 ride would be epic and quite challenging. Now, just over a month away from the start line, I’m building miles and seeking out routes on this rock to get in long climbs. My options are limited. The highest paved road that I can access is the Pali Highway. Not only is there ZERO shoulder to ride on,.