Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fast Group Ride

Saturday morning I hooked up with a six man group that LL got together to do a fast training ride. I rode about 5 miles from my house and met them as they rolled through Blythewood. We kept a fast paceline for virtually the entire ride and ended up averaging 23.3 mph for the 57 miles that the seven of us were all together...not super fast, but this was a hilly route and a long section of the ride was east into a slight head wind. I feel like a got in some great training, with numerous 3 to 5 minute efforts at or above FTP. I do most of my training solo, even when I'm out on the road, mainly just because I like to set my own pace and sometimes get frustrated sitting in and not getting enough hard work. This ride was different, we had as a stated goal that this was to be fast and steady. Everyone is in great shape and prepping for the State RR in a week. It was nice to see everyone working cohesively all day, using their energy on the front propelling the whole group forward as opposed to surging ahead and slowing the group.

Today, I was spent from yesterday's big effort, and not feeling like training myself into a hole, I just did a nice 2 hour zone 2 ride.

8 comments:

JB said...

Wow. Our AVP was identical and NP nearly the same for the ride. LL kept the pace up after we split up and we dropped Stephen and Justin on Kelly Mill. I had had enough by the time I got home but felt better today and ran a fairly hard 14 miles. Are you doing the master's or 1/2/3 next week? Great ride yesterday.

Lynda said...

The real reason why my loving husband was "spent" on Sunday was because he came home Saturday and did come exceptionally high wattage cleaning since I am laid up at the moment. Got to love a man who can ride hard and still contribute to the housework (-:

Quentin. said...

Hi Jay

Looks like a great ride and your numbers are impressive, want to swap them for mine? ;-)

I'm just plugging away steadily trying to get better little by little, planning to ride the route of the TdF in 2010 the day before the pros come through each stage, I'll watch your blog with interest and hope for some tips, might reach your dizzy numbers in about 10 years, just in time for my bus pass!

Cheers,

Q

Jay said...

JB, I'm racing masters 35+. You should race this weekend. It'll be fun.

LL said...

Yeah JB. Are you racing??? Let this blog be where you make the official announcement.
Let's hear it!

JB said...

I am doing the 5K at 8am then I will probably go to Greenville since I'll be halfway there in Chapin. If it is raining, do not look for me as sliding around in the middle of the cat 5's does not sound like fun to me!

Rich W said...

JB: the MIDDLE of the cat 5's?

A little presumptuous...

;-)

JB said...

OK Rich, I decided to stay out of trouble so I TT'd the last 14 miles w/ Brad G. to the win. Made up the 10 minutes to pass the Cat5 34- pack and neutralized Gordon's race! It was still a lot easier than riding on LL's wheel on Wednesday nights!
Congrats to the state champ LL. Good job to Jay, Curran and Derek too. Jeff A. got 2nd also I beleieve.