Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Huntsman 140 Training Season Starts

....with this message and training calendar from the folks at the Huntsman:



WEEK
DATE
TIME
50 | 75 MILE
100|140 MILE
LOCATION


1
3/7/2015
9:00 AM
15
30
Highland High School

2
3/14/2015
9:00 AM
20
35
Highland High School

3
3/21/2015
9:00 AM
20
45
Highland High School


3/24/2015
6:30 PM
HHH Cycling Team Orientation
Huntsman Cancer Foundation

4
3/28/2015
9:00 AM
25
50
Highland High School

5
4/4/2015
9:00 AM
15
25
Highland High School

6
4/11/2015
8:00 AM
30
60
Highland High School

7
4/18/2015
8:00 AM
25
50
Sandy, UT

6:00 AM
SALT LAKE CITY BIKE TOUR
Salt Lake City, UT

8
4/25/2015
8:00 AM
30
60
Highland High School

9
5/2/2015
8:00 AM
25
50
Sandy, UT

10
5/9/2015
8:00 AM
40
70
Highland High School

11
5/16/2015
8:00 AM
40
80
Centerville, UT

12
5/23/2015
8:00 AM
25
50
Highland High School

13
5/30/2015
7:00 AM
20
40 - LRRH
90 - H140
Sandy, UT

14
6/6/2015
7:00 AM
50
100
Sandy, UT

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Lewiston, UT

15
6/13/2015
7:00 AM
25
50
Highland High School

16
6/20/2015
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HUNTSMAN 140
Salt Lake City, UT

 
I'm impressed, aren't you? And here are their words of advice on training:



HOW TO PREPARE FOR TRAINING
·         Base of 15 miles for 50 | 75-mile events & 30 for 100|140-mile events
·         Have your bike tuned and ready for the season
·         All riders MUST wear a helmet at all times
·         Ride 2 to 3 days during the week in conjunction with the long ride on Saturday with the group.  These mid-week rides will help you get use to time in the saddle and should take about half the time it will take you to ride your upcoming long ride that week.
TRAINING TIPS
  • Do some weight training for upper body strength.  You'll need arm and shoulder strength to fend off fatigue.
  • Play games to make the cycling more interesting.  Try pedaling with only one foot and then the other. This helps teach smooth cycling technique.
  • The up-stroke on the pedal is important. Wear toe clips or clipless pedals to optimize each rotation.
  • When training, tackle wind and hills.  You'll likely encounter both on your century ride, so be prepared.
  • Take the century ride in segments.  Don't think of it as a 100-mile ride.  Just do the distance from one rest stop to the next.  Before you know it, you've done 100 miles.
  • Take a break if you get tired.  Even a short break of five minutes will revitalize you.
  • Use a mirror to see behind.  Not all cyclists like using mirrors attached to the helmet or bike handlebars but they are helpful for looking for traffic and other cyclists.
  • Be sure your bike is the correct size.  This includes the correct leg extension and posture.  Keep your back straight and at a 45-degree angle.  You will need a bike that fits to ride 100-miles or more.
  • Use a bicycle computer.  Develop a better understanding of what you can do, keep track of your improvement and enter your training accomplishments in a log.
  • There's no alternative to training!  You must have experience in the wind, heat, cold, rain, steep grades and thirst.  You need to get to a "bonk," which is that condition where you run out of energy and feel you can't go on, but do. Then you're ready to manage the challenge of a long ride.

Okay, so, it's on, and I'm on it!

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