HOWEVER, if you notice the newly-updated cover photo at the top, you'll say, "Oh! That's probably from a race. I bet you they'll do a report on that real soon," and that would be exactly right. I won't give anything away, but I happen to know that the BikeMaster and my Aunt Jen have been up to some race antics of their own these past couple months, and I'm sure they'll be sharing those experiences soon.
In the mean time, I bring you to my neck o' the woods to demonstrate a little of the speed training that I'm doing in preparation for an upcoming road race.
There's a ride here in the Bay Area called the POO - no, not a ride through the local stables, but a practice criterium around a 1.7mile loop at the Port of Oakland. It's not a regulated race by any means...people just show up and as the group gets larger it tends to get faster as well. By the end of the evening, the group is typically averaging ~28mph and when the Cat1 guys are gearing up in the spring, you can expect an average pace of around ~33mph.
Yeah, ridiculous, right? It's ridiculous for sure, but also ridiculously fun. The group dynamic is always a plus, and when we really start going after it, it just makes you realize how slow you ride alone.
My journey back into POO this summer has been rough - this evening marks my third week in a row, and last week was the first week that I was able to sit in an entire lap. Yeah...ridiculous. Tonight was good, though, as I got there early enough to not have to jump in and sat in at speed for a good 5 laps. Then, once I'd done my hour and a half (aka 32miles), I was able to journey back to the car and grab some pictures to give the readers a taste.
Take a gander:
|Here they come...|
|...and there they go. That's a crit, for ya, folks!|
I like this last one just because it's all artsy-fartsy, but it is also the coolest thing about the Port - this stretch is the most open part of the course, and the closest to the water. What does that mean, you ask? It means that on this lonely stretch you're battling an intense headwind, but this is what you get to look at while you do it.
Welcome to California.
Stay tuned to read some reports from those in Colorado, and to hear about my race coming up here in a couple weeks. As always, ride safe and ride hard.