RIDES: SLOW AND STEADY BUILDS THE BASE
Putting together a group ride can be challenging. If everyone’s not on the same page about there wheres/whats and whens of the ride, it can be frustrating as well. A huge mistake I made last year was dropping hammers in the winter when I should have been more Mellow Johnny for a few months. Luckily, we were able to gather a group of us this morning with the same goal of building a base. Here’s what Joe Friel, author of The Cyclist Training Bible has to say about the importance of base miles:
“When you ride for two or more hours at a steady pace—a typical base ride—your body responds with changes that allow you to use more oxygen and burn more fat as fuel. Your mitochondria—the parts of your cells that produce energy—also multiply and enlarge. And you churn out more enzymes that help turn stored fuel into energy. The result: You can ride faster and longer.” (Joe Friel via Bicycling.com)
Mitochondria. Enzymes. Base. Got it? Good. Now go plan a group ride, be social, take more photos, and take it easy every once in a while!
SATURDAY SCENES: NYACK-BOUND, THE HILLY WAY
Blessed in NYC with another “warm” winter day for riding bikes. Unexpected guest appearances, broken spokes, and all the hills made for a great group ride.
WEDNESDAY IS HILL DAY
Earlier this week, we took the back roads to Nyack for the first time in a few months. Phil had a great day and destroyed all the big climbs of the day, not to mention pulling us the entire way home on 9W.
WEDNESDAYS, WITH PHIL & JOHNNY
Wednesdays are the new Saturdays for Phil, Johnny, and me. Today was also the first day where none of us had to wear two pairs of gloves to withstand the cold. Eat it, winter. Where are you, spring?