3.1 – 2013 Training Rides

Our 2013 Training Rides

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Read our 2013 Training Log
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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.

P6 - We designed the loaded climbs to increase the amount of climbing each week.  We intended that the final climb to be comparable to the Day 5 leg of the tour to San Luis Obispo.

For 2013, we planned five rides, to condition us for touring.  We added Eureka Canyon because of  smoke on Calaveras.

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.

P8 - Our original plan was to do only four training climbs.  Because of controlled burns, Calaveras was unavailable on week 25.  We added in Eureka Canyon in as a fifth ride.  Calaveras is still needed in order to take the step up to Summit - Highland.

Our original plan was to do four training climbs. Because of controlled burns, Calaveras was unavailable on week 25. We added in Eureka Canyon in as a fifth ride. Calaveras is still needed to take the step up to Summit – Highland.  We will conclude our training with the Summit – Highland ride.  By then, our UK visitors will have departed.  We will put our training to use.

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2 responses to “3.1 – 2013 Training Rides

  1. Pingback: Training: Paragraphs 1.1.5 – 1.1.6 | pchtraveler

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