Monday, April 22, 2013

Hill Work for Triple T

[It's 10 am Central Standard Time and my Tough Mudder Death Waiver post has 53 view today...interesting.]

...and I suppose the Vino Fondo.

Triple T is less than a month away. If you don't know what that is and don't want to click on the link here is a breakdown:

Friday: Swim 250m, Bike 6k, Run 1 mile...kinda like a prologue for a stage bike race.

Saturday: AM SBR Oly followed by a PM Bike, Swim Run Oly

Sunday: Half Iron

Four races in one weekend is bad enough, especially with a half iron on Sunday. However, they go the extra distance and make all the races tough. Here are what the bike courses look like:

The Olympics

And the Half Iron...this is done twice

By themselves these races wouldn't be so bad. Throw them all together in one weekend and that complicates things a little more. To prepare, we've been doing the following rides:

Two weekends in a row as kind of a outdoor riding season primer

Making things a little tougher

And this past weekend, the toughest ride yet

I think this is one of the few Cat 4 climbs in the area.

Then the Vino Fondo is May 4th which has something like 9000 feet of climbing over 89 miles. For some reason I'm not too worried about it because I doubt anyone I'm riding with will be interested in going too fast. 

The difficult part about doing hilly races is St. Louis does not have long sustained climbs and the elevation change is relatively small. So, we've opted for quantity over quality so to say. It's also been cold here and riding downhill in 40 degree weather after breaking a sweat going uphill is not a pleasant feeling. 

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