Monday, January 28, 2008

Double Century Training

Back in October, I had decided to ride a double century for the first time as a part of my 30th birthday celebration (For the record, I turn 30 on May 22). I will be doing the Davis Double Century with one of my Team in Training Coaches, John Gebhardt, and teammate, Lupe Arredondo. I began training yesterday while riding a 42 mile route.

For those of you who may not know John, he is a well rounded type of guy. His technical approach to cycling helped me complete my first century -- America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride '07, Lake Tahoe, NV -- as a member of Team in Training. Believe me, if it weren't John's expertise such as teaching me how to shift, I would not have made it through the first mountain of the ride. Since then, I have completed 2 more centuries and currently training for another. And Mr. Gebhardt is one of the reasons why I got into the cycling bug.

One of his concerns for me as a cyclist is my ability to attack the hills and speed increase. In order to complete this task, he advised that I do more sprinting later on the week. Therefore, I put John's ideas into task. I tackled the country roads of Kings County by sprinting from one telephone pole to the next. This lasted for about an hour and a half. My speed average was 16 miles per hour on a 16 mile route with light rain.

Sprinting will make me an effective rider. Whether it will increase my endurance remains to be seen. At least Mr. G will show me the way.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Pre TNT Training

Riding for several hours can be a drag. Trying to pedal while climbing on top of the pedal can deplete a person's energy. Lack of food and oxygent can wear out a rider's mind. This is how I felt while doing a 42 mile bike ride all over Fresno County.

Through it all, I was able to accomplish the ride in under 4 hours. Until next time... Happy riding!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Ride Team MEBRNASTSH

Riding with Team MEBRNASTSH (Melanie/Brian/Nancy/Steve/Sheryl) can be a little bit of a mishap sometimes. We had planned to ride a 40 mile route at a specific time (8:30 am), but mother nature decided otherwise. The weather forcasted for a 50 percent chance of rain. Some members of this group are all terrain riders, while others prefer to be in dry conditions. I have learned through my journey that if a person were to improve their riding skills, rain should be the least of importance. Thus, I informed the ride coordinator, Brian, that I would ride with the group. In return, he informed me that he would call me the following morning to see if anybody would attend. Regardless of the situation, I was ready to ride.

The next morning, I get a call from Brian, who also happened to be my alarm clock for the day (Thanks BB for waking me up!), that the rest of the group will be riding according to the schedule. I told them that I would be late because of the commute. As I reached the destination, he told me to meet the team at a location where we train with our Team in Training Teammates as the group began to ride. Oddly enough, as I landed to the proposed site, I decided to head at one of their rest stops, which was less than 2 miles away and informed Brian. He told me that the other riders were in disarray. Sheryl, Nancy, Steve, Brian, and myself were at one place or another. Nancy and Sheryl, who were riding together, chose to turn around where they had originally stopped. Finally I met Steve and Brian at a familiar intersection not far from our training site. Thus, we rode as the Three Amigos.

Nevertheless, mother nature didn't take its course. The weather was mildly cold, perfect for the avid cyclist. Overall, I managed to do a 34 mile ride, counting the missed routes, instead of the proposed 40. My average speed was at about 15 miles per hour with a climbing rate of 8. With very little terrain, I finished the ride within 3 and a half hours.

Until next time... Happy Riding!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Second Day of Training

Riding with the team yesterday has made me get an itch to ride today. At 11:45 am, I changed into my cycling gear, grabbed my bike, and rode a 40 mile solo trek throughout Kings County, where the roads are paved, but passed its time. My average speed was about16 miles per hour. I was able to accomplish this feat within 3 and a half hours, shaving my previous record of four. Shall I say that I am getting faster?

First Day of Training

It's yet another season with Team-in-Training. Yesterday, I began training with the team by doing a 12 mile bike ride throughout the outskirts of the Fresno/Clovis area. My average speed was about 15 miles per hour. I wasn't as winded as usual, partly because I tend to perform better in cold weather. Through it all, I was able to accomplish this feat in less than an hour.

Though I am abiding by the Team in Training Cycling regiment, I have added a Marla Streib's "100 Miles to 100 Days" type of schedule to the routine. My goal is to become a stronger rider. I hope that I can achieve that dream.