BackgroundHBC has now announced two challenges for 2015: (1) the 7-days-riding challenge for January (Score: Sam doubled the goal and rediscovered riding in the rain; Max failed to complete his own challenge but did accomplish the "B" goal of getting out more in January than any prior year; nobody else entered). And (2) the 10K feet of climbing over 7 days challenge for February (Score: nobody got close, but Sam went skiing).
Time for MarchBefore I announce it, I will introduce the thought process:
- We are about to get to the long riding season when the weather warms and the sun stays up longer and Randonneuring gets underway. (Or, gets underway for those of us who don't go in for sub-freezing-temperature permanents.) Challenges for April and May are likely to look more like "25K feet climbing" and "300 miles riding" than the "just get on the bike" challenges for the past two months.
- That said, I have not had time to get meaningful outdoor rides in. I'm either riding early in the morning before light or late afternoon after dark and on the weekends it has been snowy, cold, icy, and on some days like today, all of the above at once. 30' daily rides is possible if not always convenient, but serious riding is a pipe dream.
- There also is a value to training, by which I mean "riding in a way that I would not if I were not convinced it would provide benefits."
The ChallengeProgram your Garmin with seven workouts between 30' and 1 hr. in length. The workouts need not be extreme but should be something more than "ride 1 hour no goal." Options include high pressure intervals, Zone 2 steady-state, and even drills like single-leg rotations or back-pedaling. Complete the workouts on seven consecutive days, riding outside if you like or inside on the trainer. Nothing wrong with throwing the workout in the middle of a longer ride if desired -- for example, the DC Rand 200K is next Saturday, and I plan to look for 30 minutes of concentration somewhere mid-ride.
The point of this: kind of like the January challenge, but intended to be things that are not necessarily pleasant.
Anybody else in?