Drc- It really is a great ride(that's an understatement!) This will be my 3rd time coleading this particular tour(I rode it in 2000 as a rider so I got to ride every inch and then I worked as support in 2002) Every year it just gets better!
MTBikerchic- They really just sound that way! Most of it is really just plain fun. (except the strength training part!) Last year I did Oregon to NH and I didn't know the route so I wimped out quite often when I didn't like the terrain (not always though!) I know this ride pretty well and I know also that sometimes the flat days are toughest! You are right, if I take the harder riding days I just might be smiling all day with a kickass tailwind! I am just going to strive to ride every mile I can.
Kestrel, your goals sound ambitious, too! I'd love to colead a tour...it's sounds like a lot of fun and a super cool job. Maybe, you could make sure you try to ride the days the elevation chart looks scary. It's like praying to the cycling gods. If you ride when you really don't want to, then you'll get more tailwinds when you least expect it.
Nice goals. Strength training is a good goal to have. I think it's made a big difference in my running and cycling especially in keeping me injury free (quickly knocks on wood desk).
My program is twice a week, but sometimes only once a week, and it doesn't take anymore than 30 minutes, with 10-15 minutes on elliptical for warmup, now that I have my routine down. You can easily do all you need in 30 minutes.
Well they say it is good to write one's goals down so my goals for 2007:
1- Start some sort of strength training program if only one half hour 3 times a week.
2-Increase my cycling by 5% (mileage wise) each month until June, even if I am on the trainer alot to accomplish this. (Rode equivalent of 500 miles in Dec. and WAS on the trainer most of the time due to it getting dark so early)
3-Refrain from giving up my cycling days to other staff on the ride I am coleading from San Fransisco to New Hampshire. (last summer I was so out of shape I gave up any days the elevation chart looked tough-I get riding days every other day)
4-Take more pictures.
5-Continue working on my weight loss goals but not becoming too obsessed unless of course I start to gain what I have worked to lose already.
If I can accomplish all that I will be extremely happy!
Let's see: 1) complete 60 mile mtb race in March in under 7 hours. I won't place, but I hope to be respectable. 2) Finish Leadville 100 in less than 12 hours 3) Ride 5000 miles this year 4) I really want a 5 hour century 5) Podium in at least one road race 6) Podium in at least one mountain bike race in my new class.
Very impressive goals! And yes, I also ride about the same pace that Adam runs...lol...
My 2007 Goals:
1. Improve my average speed on my 15 mile loop to at least 17 mph. 2. Complete a full century. 3. Compete in the local time trial and beat my time from 2005 (they didn't have it in 2006). 4. Compete in another sprint triathlon. (Work schedule may prevent this). Which leads to... 5. Don't let the work schedule interfere with riding. 6. And, go on a cycling vacation. I have always wanted to do that. Any low cost suggestions of a good place to go just to ride?
I figured since they're a tad slow for riding, but yikes, pretty fast for running. When I first started riding last March, I was so happy that I could do a 10k ride in 32 minutes. :) I was on a mtbike but the road was flat. hahaha....
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
I'm pretty close on both those goals. I have a 5K pr of 21:21, and a 10K pr of 42:05. I saw a 2 minute improvement in my 10K time from September to November using intervals to increase my speed. I figure if I make intervals a regular part of my program this spring I'll hit those goals some time this year.
Great goals. I've been giving it some thought lately and these are my top 10 goals for 2007. They aren't all biking specific. That's just how I roll
1. Sub-4 hour Flying Pig Marathon 2. Sub-20 minute 5K 3. Sub-40 minute 10K 4. 2:30 Little Miami Triathlon 5. 1:20 Sprint Distance Duathlon 6. Top 50 Finish Run Like Hell 5K 7. commute by bike a lot 8. ride over 3000 miles 9. ride 2 centuries and 2 metric centuries 10. take some sort of bike maintenance class
I'm am still thinking about my specific goals for the year but I have some general ones. I only started riding last year and made huge strides. I doubt I will be able to do that again so my goal will be to fine-tune my skills. I will probably keep my mileage goal the same as this year because I will be away all of July won't be able to ride.
Goals: • Ride 3000 km • Do lots of hill work to increase my speed/power • Ride to work as often as possible in the spring (I just watched An Inconvenient Truth). It's only 7 km round trip so won't put on the miles but I"ll have my bike there and can go for an after-school ride much easier. • Practice on the local TT route. (Maybe even actually do a real one? :) • Practice our local steep hill climb (Knox Mountain) • Go on the local Sunday ride at least once. Try not to be last. • Ride as far as I can from Banff to Jasper in June (the boys are doing the whole 300 km in one day. I won't be able to keep up but will do my best, at least until my butt hurts too much :) • Climb Alpe D'Huez in July with only 14 stops. :)
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
1) Commute to work on average 3 times each week. That should total about 2,500 miles for the year. 2) Race in 3 races. Have not decided whether they will be cycling only or perhaps some duathlons. 3)Try to use my new trainer on average 2 times each week to help monitor my fitness levels. This should help support goal #2.
So...What are you're cycling related goals for next year?
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