Our 2013 Training Rides
|Read our 2013 Training Log|
3.1 – 2013 Training Rides – The Usual Suspects
We plan to use five rides to condition us for touring. We will kick of climbing with Mount Hamilton, unloaded. We then plan to do the Uvas Loop, Elena – Alpine – Portola, Calaveras, and Old Santa Cruz – Summit – Highland. We will update these sections, based on the outcome of our training.
So far, we have ridden special rides to improve our conditioning. They are an out-and-back on Mount Hamilton, a loop around Uvas / Cheesboro Reservoirs, an out-and-back on Elena / Arastradero / Portola Roads, and out-and-back up Eureka Canyon Road, an out-and-back up Calaveras Road, and a loop over the Golden Gate Bridge. We still hope to do a fully loaded training ride up Old Santa Cruz Highway, along Summit and Highland Roads to the top of Eureka Canyon Road.
Unlike 2012, we reserved extended climbing for the end of the training sequence, rather than embedding it, starting with Build 3. We kicked off the serious 2013 climbing at the end of Build 3. We climbed Mount Hamilton, with our Surly’s. This was our first attempt with such heavy bikes. Thankfully, we did not try the 4800 foot climb with touring loads. If we were to meet such conditions on tour, I suspect we would spend a great deal of time pushing our bikes.
With Tour 1, we began training with full loads. Each week, we placed climbing and flat rides, back-to-back. We adopted the Friel tempo of two hard weeks, followed by a rest week. Each hard week added miles and elevation gain.
We designed the climbs to prepare us for the Pacific Coast Highway, riding from San Jose to San Luis Obispo. Our final training ride, Old Santa Cruz – Summit – Highland, approximates the most difficult day of the Pacific Coast, from Lime Kiln to San Simeon. We will learn whether our preparations have been adequate.
|Read about our training ride on Mount Hamilton|