Training for Granfondo Weeks 8 and 9

I did a combination of short rides, spin classes, hikes up the Grouse Grind and two rides up Cypress Mountain, each approximately 70km.

I was able to see improvement in my speed vs heart rate, and managed to break an hour on teh Grouse Grind (BCMC), while keeping at Zone 3 max heart rate of 168 until 48 minutes, and then giving it all I had to the end.

The SPin classes are proving valuable in pushing the envelope. The original plan was to do Zone 3 workouts on the spin bike, but I am able to hit the required power levels at quite low heart rates, so I am not convinced of this approach. I prefer to do a ZOne 3 workout by hiking the BCMC trail.

Last weekend’s Cypress ride was mainly in Zone 3. This weekend, I went with two others in the clinic who had never done Cypress and hadn’t done too many hills in general. I took the opportunity to stick at Zone 1 for the first 11km of the climb, and then crank it up to Zone 3 at the end.

Next weekend will be a short ride as I have some other commitments to take care of.


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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