Friday, July 09, 2010
Worked on developing speed today and completed the following workout:
Power Jumps: on a mostly flat course, do 3-5 sets of 5 jumps. A jump is 10-12 turns of the crank (each leg) at a high cadence. Recover for 1 minute between each effort and 5 minutes between sets.
The ride was 30 miles and I did only 3 sets as I'm still exhausted from the long string of short night's lately, but be that as it may, the ride went very well. I imagined having someone on my tail that I really wanted to lose and this helped me to find motivation and power to accelerate again and again.
This actually happened to me last year on the annual 300 mile tour I take with my wife. There was a guy from a team called "Happy Hour" who certainly enjoyed one of those the night before and was riding like a fool but I couldn't shake him--it really ticked me off. Finally, after about five miles he couldn't hang onto my wheel any longer and I dropped him. Every day after that I made a point to fly by that guy when I saw him up the road and I must admit that I enjoyed it a bit too much.
So anyway, this is the second time that I've done the "Power Jumps" exercise and both times I've imagined this guy on my tail--it helps!
Have a great day.