So am going to post training updates here. Vntgdrms and her shop The Unlikely Cyclist has created a wonderful place to spread the joy of cycling among women of all shapes and sizes. The only requirement is to do your best effort and support your teammates. Last spring we formed a core group that trained for the eventually cancelled La Bella Preme women's ride and tho that was cancelled...we didn't stop riding together as a team. So Vntgdrms set up a training program to train for the Tour de Palm Springs Century 2014.
One Sept. 28 we had orientation and between those who attended and others who filled out training program paperwork there are 37 ladies who want to do this! Our original group was about 17 strong so that is 20 new faces!
Here is Vntgdrms talking at the orientation:
And some of the ladies:
I rode down from my home to the shop to attend orientation and was only ride I was able to get in while my parental units were visiting from Washington state.
We had to cancel our first training ride due to the high winds in the OC and with so many new riders the leaders felt it was safer to not ride than ride in a large group with riders who are 1. unfamiliar with riding in a group and 2. Unknown skill in bike handling in strong wind with debris on road. So last weekend was our first training ride and as we have some fairly beginner level riders we split the groups up into two groups: A (beginner) and B (Intermediate/Advanced). The B group road up to Portola and did the Portola Climb. I led the A group on a shorter less demanding ride (in comparison to the other ride but challenging and confidence building for the A group riders).
So this week I actually created workouts for my Garmin to do the training plan workouts (Interval and Endurance/Tempo rides). Some tweaking to the workout setup is needed but overall it worked really well.
Here is my 60 min interval workout that I set to: 9 min warmup in Zone 2 (HR) then 6 sets of 5/2 intervals (5 min Zone 4 and 2 min Zone 2 recovery) followed by 9 min of Zone 1 cool down.
Today was the 90 min Endurance workout: 10 min warmup zone 2 HR followed by 70 min zone 3 and then 10 min cool down zone 1: