My first week of training for the 2016 Allianz Cycling Tour has come to an end.
This week’s riding included 2 days on a stationary bike and 2 days of riding outdoors on the Capital Trail. I’m really digging the Capital Trail. It’s nice to be able to focus on your riding technique without being concerned of the cars coming up behind you. This world needs more protected bicycle lanes!
A recent Toronto survey finds physical separation encourages new cyclists.
Most mentioned safety as the reason why they shifted.
I traveled to Atlanta to attend the Smart Travel Analytics 2016 for two days. The first night there I was able to jump on the LifeFitness stationary bike and get in a hard workout. I spent 50 minutes on the bike and managed to squeeze out 16.7 miles of biking with an elevation gain of 8,266 feet.
|Avg Speed||20.0 mi/h|
|Elev Gain||8266 ft|
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 – I recently purchased the Elite Qubo Fluid Trainer from my local Performance Bicycle store. The bike attached to it is my Cervelo P2. Even though when outdoors I’m using my Cervelo S2, the P2 is great for indoor cycling thanks to the aerobars.
I only got in a 10 mile ride as I simply couldn’t get my head in the game.
|Avg Speed||13.4 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||72 W|
|Elev Gain||0 ft|
The weekend rides are what I look forward to the most.
When I’m outdoors cycling I don’t feel like I’m working out; instead it’s pedaling with passion. For me it’s hard to have that passion while indoors on a trainer. But I’m learning…
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016
|Avg Speed||17.8 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||145 W|
|Elev Gain||846 ft|
For the first time, I drove to the Four Mile Creek Trailhead to start my ride. It’s located at the intersections of I-295 and Rte 5. Their are no restrooms at the trailhead, but across the street is a gas station with everything you need. Including a tire repair kit that I swear looked like it was packaged in the late ’70s. But since I left my repair kit at home 30 miles away, it would have to do.
Which brings me to a checklist. I need to create a gear checklist that I can triple-check before getting in the car and driving 40 minutes just to realize I forgot a necessity. Stay tuned for a PDF download that I’m going to create and share with everyone.
Holy sh!t, the gumballs… Every so often along the trail you will have the oh sh!t moment of traversing an obstacle course of gumballs. There are sections of the trail covered in gumballs thanks to the large amounts of Sweetgum trees along the trail. It keeps it interesting to say the least.
Sunday, Feb 7, 2016
|Avg Speed||16.3 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||127 W|
|Elev Gain||994 ft|
Today turned out to be another solo ride. Scott called in sick today so I decided to start at the Great Shiplock Park. Looking at the numbers it’s obvious that I was tired from yesterday’s 40 mile ride. I did a little more climbing, but it wasn’t the main reason for the slower average speed. I’ve never ridden 40 miles two days in a row. This is the type of training I need to focus on to get ready for my European tour. Speaking of multi-day training rides…
The Assault on Mt. Mitchell
When my brother found out I was riding in a multi-day European tour that included the classic Col du Tourmalet, he was quick to point out that Mt. Mitchell located in North Carolina was the highest peak in the east and there was a yearly ride called The Assault on Mt. Mitchell.
I researched the ride and quickly realized that the ride was 2 days after my 100 mile Cap2Cap ride. Again, a multi-day ride like this is what I need to prepare for my European tour, so I’m planning to register this week for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. Again, wish me luck. I think I’ve lost my mind!