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Roberto63 San Diego, CA
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Sat, Feb 14, 2009 - 57.10 mi [Cycling] Details
57.10 mi in 04:40:03 hours at 12.23 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling] This was my first Tour de Palm Springs. It was a tough ride. The day was cold and windy. Had to ride in long pants and wore a fleece jacket the whole way around. The first 25 miles or so one is either going on an upgrade, actually climbing or fighting the wind. I think it took me an hour to do the first 8 miles or so. There were a couple of nice downhills, but once those are over the ride from Palm Desert back to Palm Springs is on an upgrade. The lesson of this ride is similar to past lessons...climb, climb, climb.

I had some trouble with my HRM, at the start my computer wasn't working well, it paused itself. so there is about a mile gap. along the route there were some power lines that created some screwey readings. Like a HR of 250 and a max speed of 57.
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Sat, Feb 14, 2009 - 57.10 mi [Cycling] Details
57.10 mi in 04:40:03 hours at 12.23 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling] This was my first Tour de Palm Springs. It was a tough ride. The day was cold and windy. Had to ride in long pants and wore a fleece jacket the whole way around. The first 25 miles or so one is either going on an upgrade, actually climbing or fighting the wind. I think it took me an hour to do the first 8 miles or so. There were a couple of nice downhills, but once those are over the ride from Palm Desert back to Palm Springs is on an upgrade. The lesson of this ride is similar to past lessons...climb, climb, climb.

I had some trouble with my HRM, at the start my computer wasn't working well, it paused itself. so there is about a mile gap. along the route there were some power lines that created some screwey readings. Like a HR of 250 and a max speed of 57.
Route Tour de Palm Springs 2009
Wed, Feb 11, 2009 - 16.90 mi [Cycling] Details
16.90 mi in 01:15:31 hours at 13.43 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling] A good ride today, felt good. The first half was tough there was a strong cold headwind, but the return was fun.
20min warm up
6 reps of 6 minutes each in zone 5a/5b
3 minute recoveries between reps
4 min. cool down.

I forgot my HRM so the HR are guestimates, but I think they'd be pretty accurate.

Tomorrow is just an easy ride to work out the kinks and then nothing until Palm Srpings!
Tue, Feb 10, 2009 - 16.40 mi [Cycling] Details
16.40 mi in 01:09:57 hours at 14.07 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling] It was a good ride. Mostly stayed in Zone 3 and low zone 4. It got cold after sunset, but it was fun overall. Not sure how ready I will be for the Tour de Palm Springs, but I'm not too concerned since it's my first time out there.

For me Palm Springs is like a tune-up ride. It's a chance to assess where I'm at and it gives me a month to work on getting ready for Solvang. Which in turn gets me ready for Tour of the Tucson Mountains.

At this point, I'm carefully monitoring the weather in Palm Springs this Saturday. :(
Tags:zone_3
Tue, Feb 3, 2009 - 20.10 mi [Cycling] Details
20.10 mi in 01:18:52 hours at 15.29 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling]
I had a good ride on the Strand today. I lucked out, there really wasn't that much wind, which is a rare occurrence. I did my repeats and I was pleasantly surprised with my mph.
Warm up 15 minutes Zone 1 and 2
5 Reps 8 min. Zone 4/5a & b (160bmp - 175bpm)
Recoveries 3 to 4 minutes each. Tried to get my HR down to about 150bpm before I started the next acceleration.

There was a short cool down, I probably could have done some more reps but the sun was setting and I had a long commute home.

below zone: 28:24
in zone: 49:27
above zone: 1 min.
Route Silver Strand
Sun, Feb 1, 2009 - 20.10 mi [Cycling]
20.10 mi in 01:58:00 hours at 10.22 mi/h on Specialized Sequoia Elite. [Cycling] Rode with Molly. No HRM or computer. Just a nice slow ride on the strand.
Tags:zone_1
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