Monday, July 13, 2009

Tougher Bricks and a Field Trip


Wednesday’s group had a great discussion about their favorite bike accessories. We did a how to fit your helmet demonstration, and talked about safety on and off the bike. Becky told us that she carries a lipstick taser. Just our luck, that we meet a few people along the bike path that we might have considered possible threats to us especially if we were riding alone. Its worth researching for safety’s sake. We did hill repeats. This is a tough drill. Each rider did 4 repeats on the hill of their choice. That hill going back up to the store on Yale is getting easier and easier each time we ride it.

Sunday’s group rode 50 miles. We are slowing moving our distances closer to that 65-mile mark for Venus de Miles. We left the store and rode up to and around the Aurora Reservoir. There were many rolling hills. I like this ride because is a good balance between climbing and coasting down Orchard. We arrived back at the store before the clouds rolled in.

This Week

For July 15th, we will do a tougher brick workout. We will meet at the Eastridge Elementary School at 6 pm, divide into three groups, and start our longer brick workouts. As always, if you don’t want to run, you can help the group by being a ride leader. My goal is to do about 3-5 miles on the bike and .5 to 1 mile run at least twice. Depending on who shows up, your opinion will help me decide how tough to make the workout. If you want to do an easier brick or if this is your first time, I can accommodate your needs too. This is a great time to share your tri/du experiences with others. I like to tell you the funny things that I’ve done wrong so you don’t have to endure the embarrassment.

Eastridge Elementary School
11777 E Wesley Ave
Aurora, CO 80014

Andrea’s Cell Phone 303-903-3473

For July 18th, our Intermediate/Advanced group will be guests of the Bicycle Village Colorado Springs Store’s group ride. Let’s plan to meet at the store at 9 am and be ready to join their group at 9:30 am. Please try to carpool if you can. (I will be a better example for this request when I get my roof rack installed).

Bicycle Village Colorado Springs
2450 Montebello Square Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Ph: 719-265-9346


This week I want you to try setting a goal for yourself before you start your ride. It doesn’t have to be accomplishing anything great but it should be something that challenges you at least a little. Some good examples would be:

To climb that hill at Yale better than I did the last time

To ride a mile or two farther than last week’s ride

To engage and use my core strength for better posture on the bike

To enjoy the ride no matter what else is going on in my life

When you start your week, one question you should ask yourself is “What is the goal of this week’s workouts?”. You should be able to note it on paper or record it electronically. Journaling your workouts will show you how much you’ve grown as a cyclist.



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