Early season training is the time to review what the team needs, and find it. In winter time you have to find what you don't have. Motivation? Speed? Fitness? Skill?
Usually it comes down
to a nebulous commodity
|Robin returns to fast form|
Races, of course don't care one little bit how you are responding. Races hurk and jerk and suddenly sprint full speed for a half an hour. Base miles help train a system that endures the wiles of a race.
But alas base miles train you to be slow. Let's face it, if you spend six hours a day riding your bike at twenty miles an hour over a hundred miles, you will be a muscly fit fox, but you won't win the Jack Frost Time Trial. Twenty nine miles an hour even on just a twelve mile course, requires you to be comfortable riding twenty nine miles an hour - for at least 20 minutes.
|Hilde is hungry.|
|Espoir Denzell Lall, and 15yr old Jr. Jaden Salama.|
Showing up starts today, on the scheduled winter training ride. Team strength helps you show up. On this day, tires, derailers, and winter gloves show themselves for the lies they really are. Today they get replaced. Sometimes the strength of The Team is needed merely to shop in a bike shop.
|OBRA Medalist Fergus Kinnell teaches tire repair.|
This weekend from Sauvies Island to City Bikes, twelve cycling athletes were an important part of this phenomenal time and place.