Training for the Granfondo Week 2

In front of Olympic rings Cypress MtnI have now settled into a routine for training for the Granfondo that looks like the following:

Tuesday morning – rid to UBC and back (16km, with about a 1.5km hill on 8th avenue from Alma to Blanca)

Wednesday evening: Granfondo Clinic – not too much riding, but practicing technique and group riding.

Thursday morning: 45 minute Spinterval training class. This is usually one heck of a workout, and has me sweating something fierce.

Saturday morning – Long, Slow Distance. This week, I did a 50km route down to Stanley Park and back, and then out to the Shaughnessy Golf Club and back home.

This ride can be seen at:

Sunday morning – Longish Hill climb. Today I climbed up Cypress Mountain from the snow shed area to the Lodge.

This ride can be seen at:

Out of this week’s activities I learned a few things:

I need to upgrade the stock saddle. Not too bad for the first hour to hour and a half, but gets way too hot in the middle any longer than that.

There are a lot of ways of spending a  lot of money to upgrade wheels, tires, components etc.

I get a bit nervous riding downhill for a sustained period of time going over 50 km/h.

I am now focusing on only unclipping on one side (my right side) and keeping my left foot clipped in.

The R3 is proving to be a great bike, and I am getting in better physical shape with each passing week.

You can stuff a lot of things into those three pockets on the back of the cycling shirts.


About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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