Archive for February, 2009

A Cycling Milestone

February 26, 2009 9:09 pm

I am off to Death Valley tomorrow do to the Death Valley Double on Saturday.  If I finish the event, it will be the first time that I biked 2,000 miles and climbed 100,000 feet by the end of February.  Although it is not quite up to my aggressive training plan, it is still more than I have done in the past.   It is not often that at an age of 60 that you reach a new milestone in sports.

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Ready or Not?

February 23, 2009 10:45 pm
Ready or Not?

The Death Valley Double is this Saturday.  It has been difficult to get ready for a double century that takes place so early in the year.  With vacations in November and December I was not able to really get much biking in until January.  Two weeks ago some of our kids and grandkids were visiting and I wanted to spend more time with them.  Then this February had many rainy days.  Last week I was finally able to get in a lot of miles, over 350 of them.  I did a long 112 mile ride last Saturday. I felt like a slug because it had a lot of climbing, but I did make it without much stopping.  Although my accumulated miles so far this year are not quite what my training program called for, it is higher than the last two years.

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I was not able to get in a real long ride, like 130 miles, but I did some long rides on Thursday, Friday and Saturday that hopefully accumulated had a similar effect.  You can see on week 7 that I was only able to get in a 52 mile ride, but at least on last week I got closer to my training plan.

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As I mentioned, I felt like a slug on Saturday.   When I looked at my average speed over the 112 miles, it was not too bad considering the 8,700 feet of climbing.  In my training log I have a lookup table that shows my overall  effort when I consider average speed, climbing and total distance.  By averaging 14.7 mph, I did get a “fast” grade for the ride, even though I could not keep up with the lead riders the second half, as I could last year.

Today it was raining all morning. I had already taken a day off yesterday so I felt I needed to get back on the bike.  I went to the bike shop and bought some fenders to put on my old bike and then headed out to do some interval training.  It took me so long to get the fenders installed that the weather had cleared and the roads were mostly dry.  I have a course for interval training and measured how I did compared with similar training last year. I could not find my heart rate strap so I was missing that data, but overall I did okay, although not quite like last year.  It is a circular route so only the total can be compared with the winds different each time I do it.

Cycling Interval Training

Flat Loop Hecker Pass, Watsonville Road, Santa Terresa
7 minute fast, then 3.5 minutes easy
Lap
Time
Dist
MPH
Max HR
Avg HR
2/23/2009
1 7:01 2.117 18.1
2 7:01 2.328 19.9
3 6:26 2.583 24.1
4 7:31 2.734 21.8
Total 27:59 9.762 20.9
4/4/2008
1
7:01
2.507
21.4
162
155
2
7:00
2.449
21.0
159
153
3
7:00
2.406
20.6
156
151
4
6:44
3.011
26.8
153
150
Total 27:45 10.373 22.4
3/13/08
1
7:01
2.277
19.5
161
155
2
7:02
2.528
21.6
159
154
3
6:46
2.361
20.9
158
152
4
7:02
2.733
23.3
158
151
Total 27:51 9.899 21.4