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    Different Ride Pictures - Reloaded

    Since A'jet posted his get ready for the 76 mile 7000 feet of climbing race, I thought I would post the pics from track workout this morning getting ready for weekend racing at the track - a sprint tournament on Saturday (my birthday) and 4 races on Sunday.

    Every Tuesday, a group of us get together for a workout with many between 55 to 71. This is the advanced group training P/1/2/3. I sneak in as a lowly Cat 5 with permission from the leader. It starts with a 40 lap warmup. We then decide what we want to do for the morning with some wanting more sprint work and others endurance. We work out as a team in 3 to 5 person groups in formation. The workout typically takes 3 hours and covers 38 to 40 miles. It starts with a 40 lap warmup and followed by 100 meter jumps. We then decide what we want the rest of the session to be.

    When I first started attending these sessions, it was really hard for me. I had trouble surviving the 25 mph pulls let alone a 30 mph pull and then do another interval. Over time, I have improved and now I can keep up with no problem. They still kick my butt sprinting but that is improving as well.

    I have a blast at these workouts and racing at the track. It is a great adjunct to my road cycling and does wonders building the engine. At the finish, I rewarded myself with a Muscle Milk: 20 gm of protein drink.

    Here is this morning's workout:

    40 lap warmup with accelerating speed as we go finishing at ~30 mph.

    4 - 100 meter jumps. These are max sprints from a 10 mph rolling start - full recovery.

    The next is are a series of team pursuits with 1/2 lap pulls with a one lap rest between sets. Generally, these are performed at ~25 mph with finishing laps 28 to 30 mph.

    3X4 (3 sets of 4 laps)
    2 lap rest
    3X3
    2 lap rest
    3 -1 1/2
    2 lap rest
    5X2
    6 lap rest
    5X2
    Full recovery

    The next were two flying 200 meter sprints with full recovery between each one. Speed achieved is 34 mph.

    After the sprints we practiced full power standing starts. I did two of these. This is the closest thing to weight lifting on a bike you can get.

    I then did some 18 to 20 mph recovery laps in the pole lane and at the rail.

    Here are the charts. I used a 49/16 for warmup and a 49/15 for all the rest of the workout.

    This one is average speed versus distance



    Max heart rate over a .1 mile distance versus distance.

    Last edited by Hermes; 05-12-09 at 05:30 PM.

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    Erect member since 1953 cccorlew's Avatar
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    YIKES!

    I then did some 18 to 20 mph recovery laps
    Coincidentally, I did 18-20 mph wind sprint intervals.....
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    Some guys get to have all the fun. Nice workout Hermes. BTW, what color does puke show up on your charts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
    YIKES!

    Coincidentally, I did 18-20 mph wind sprint intervals.....
    All I had was a 49/15 so to spin up to recover, I had to go a little faster.

    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    Some guys get to have all the fun. Nice workout Hermes. BTW, what color does puke show up on your charts.
    It is a huge amount of fun and I am lucky to have a great group of peers to train with. Three hours and 28 hard efforts went by really fast. I am not a puker. But I can gasp and cough.

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    And you're how old? Wow that sounds like a real workout and I mean WORKOUT!!!!
    I have a hard time getting 30mph on any ride and when I do it is all downhill!

    Sounds like you have have found a nice place in your life and a good bunch of friends to let you "in"

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    Good work, Hermes!

    I did 30 mph coming down Mt. Diablo, once. At least I think I did...Had my eyes closed so that's just an estimate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kr32 View Post
    And you're how old? Wow that sounds like a real workout and I mean WORKOUT!!!!
    I have a hard time getting 30mph on any ride and when I do it is all downhill!

    Sounds like you have have found a nice place in your life and a good bunch of friends to let you "in"
    Chronological age = 60 on Saturday - yea!
    Biological age = 30 something.

    Biking offers many possible experiences. I liked track and field when I was in High School - 42 years ago. I was a sprinter / 1/4 miler and did reasonably well. I liked the tough efforts. I guess little changes over time.

    Speed is a matter of focus, wanting to do it, knowing you can do it and practice.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Smokester View Post
    Good work, Hermes!

    I did 30 mph coming down Mt. Diablo, once. At least I think I did...Had my eyes closed so that's just an estimate.
    What is interesting to me is the perception of speed. At the track, high speed seems normal albeit difficult to do. When I descend Diablo, Hamilton, Skyline and etc., I am on edge focused on the road, hazards and cars. 30mph descending under those conditions seems fast but easy.

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    I'm impressed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    I'm impressed!
    Thanks. If there is anything impressive in this it is perseverance. I have been working on this for months. My point in posting stuff like this is to put some real numbers and possible workouts performed by other 50+ cyclists that others can use, modify and compare. It exposes yet another facet of cycling and may provide some interesting content.

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