'Fast' Training Rides
...just a few thoughts as part of the general discussion about rides, speeds etc.
I've done 3 evening 'chaingangs' so far, and they are very good for practicing riding with others at reasonable tempo speed. The pace has been a bit variable, and there is not
too much through-and-off/bit-and-bit, nor taking turns at pace setting-though this is constrained by traffic conditions etc. (Caroline's worthy attempts last night at getting us
to try through-and-off showed that more practice and a like-minded group are needed!).
Anyway, as the nights draw in, for some of us, there is little appeal in riding in the dark, so maybe some weekend rides similar to the chaingang could be attractive.
I would personally favour a weekend training ride of about 30mls, no stops, and taking at high-speed (Level 3 - tempo) with determined bit-and-bit/through-and-off/pace sharing.
Maybe these rides shouldn't be 'regular' club rides, but arranged more ad-hoc, but in any case, it would be good to see what other people want too - maybe make some email lists
of people who are up for certain types of ride.
Which then raises the question: what is 'high speed'?
For the likes of keefer and gareth, that will obviously be faster than the likes of myself currently.
For myself, comparing heart-rates between the chaingangs and my solo training rides of similar distance, I would like the rides to turn out a wee bit faster than the chaingangs
currently are overall.
So how to group people together of similar speed?
Well, looking at the group last night, I know Caroline,Laura,Bob,Phil,Andy and myself have all done club 10ml TTs, and have generally broadly similar times for those TTs, within
+-10%. Others like JonH would also probably fit into this. With such a group, it should be possible to keep the group together - the slightly slower people (and those with
hangovers...) can shelter more, and spend less time at the front. If the pace gets too fast, then people should be vocal in slowing it down.
Using TT results should also allow other speed-groups to be identified. Those somewhat faster (e.g. Martin, Jane, Gareth, Keith etc), but also maybe there are those who are
slower and would still like to do similar group 'training' runs at Level 3 (for them), but at a lesser speed.
So, diverging slightly, an idea for an internal club event: Gill and I have regularly gone down to Eelmore and Hillingdon circuits, and done our own private TTs. I wonder if
organising a club closed-circuit time-trial would appeal, with specificly encouraging people who have not done a TT, that (like Gill) don't want to do main-road club TTs, but who
would like to get themselves a 'benchmark' TT time, no matter how slow. Maybe it would be possible to organise this at Eelmore (11 laps for 10 miles), or Hillingdon (about 10.5
laps for 10 mile).
(And on a similar subject to club events - was there any further discussion of the 'American Pursuit' idea?)