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Little update from the training camp in Tucson
« on: December 29, 2009, 09:29:04 am »
I will try to update these info daily,but  don't promise.There over 30 riders, including 7 women, so every day there are teo rides: longer and shorter. I will try and make all the long rides, if my body can handle it.
Day 1

Arrival to Tucson at 7:15 am after too many days and nights of driving. First ride went off at 1:00pm a little bit over two hours. It was  a preview of the Mt Lemmon 26 mile climb that we are going to do on Friday. We went up only 5 miles and than rolled down at speeds 40mph+ on the curvy road (this is one of Lance's favorite training climb in Tucson ). Than we rolled back home on the streets of Tucson.

Day 2

Longer, fairly easy ride with one quick and steep climb 1/3 way out. 4h15min ride, 74 miles all together with a long stretches where we were going 32mph+ on a long slight downhills (super fun). We had a group of 15 riders so we also practiced rotations in a pace line. There is a lot of experience coaches that do a lot of professional camps, so they know a ton.

Today we have a 94 mile ride (long version) Updates after I come back.
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

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Re: Little update from the training camp in Tucson
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 06:12:02 pm »
Day 3

5 hours 3min 30 sec, 92 miles. 30 miles out, 10 miles on false flat and 5 miles steeper,and steeper climb. Turn around and fly back at 40-45mph!! That was fun! the climb was very difficult due to the 10 mile lead out at slight grade (it looked flat,but the computer says 13mph and 280-300wats at all time, for those who don't know 300W is a lot!). Than on the way down I was pushing my 53-11 gears and going as fast as I could constantly pedaling.The steep part had very bad asphalt so we took it easier, but the falls flat was fun and fast. The remaining 30 miles we did constant rotation at 22-24mph. Time to eat some dinner.
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

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Re: Little update from the training camp in Tucson
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2009, 05:55:21 pm »
Day 4

For most of the part it was a recovery day except for one steep climb and couple fast sprints at the end of the ride. 4.5 hours, 78.5 miles. Beautiful day today, got some tan line:-) Also in one of the sprints at the end of the day I broke my record for power output by 200 W! I maxed out 1441W. Not bad for a white man. Tomorrow is going ot be a killer-120 miles, but I will not say any more details until tomorrow. Stay tuned if you care.
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

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Re: Little update from the training camp in Tucson
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2009, 08:53:48 pm »
Day 5

118 miles, 6 hours, 31 minutes.Rode 47 miles out, climbed for 12.2 miles, rode down and rode back. The top of the climb was at 7000feet! So, there was about 4500feet elevation difference from where we started. Very hard ride, with a solid pace going out and back. I rode with some very solid Cat 1 riders. I got to the top 5th out of about 17 people that did the long ride today. I lost 4th by about 30-45sec. I'm tired to say the least. Tomorrow is another hard day with twice as much climbing-26 miles non-stop ! Happy New Year!
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

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Re: Little update from the training camp in Tucson
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2010, 07:59:24 pm »
Day 6

OK,the day 6 was actually on Friday. It was 14 miles warm up, than 26 miles continues climbing,than descend and ride back home for all together 80miles. the climbing part took me 2hours 11min to do. Interesting experience and beautiful climb. The descend took about 45 min and we were able to ride down at speeds 35-40 mph faster than cars could do it. It was blast!

Over the 6 days of actual riding I clocked close to 500 miles with God only knows how many miles of climbing (way over 40). I basically experienced a week form a life of a pro cyclist. Everything we did was cycling related, and there was no desire or time to do almost anything else. Great adventure, I learned a lot.
The minimum number of bikes one should own is three.  The correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned.  This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

 

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