Afton Hill Repeats Ride #4 * Tomorrow, Thurs, April 26 * Be there!

Hi Riders,

Thursday is climbing day!  Rest your legs today and be ready to fly up the hill tomorrow.

Afton hill repeat ride #4 is tomorrow, Thursday, April 26.  We’ll ride in 60 degree temps under blue skies, so it’ll be an ideal night!

32 riders climbed last week, so let’s bump this number up to 40.  That means YOU!  The ride is open to riders of all abilities.  Fast or slow, it doesn’t matter.  All that’s important is that you are there and doing your best.

Be on your bike and ready to go in front of Selma’s Ice Cream at 5:20.  I’ll do a quick pre-ride update at that time.  We’ll then head out for a short warmup at 5:30 sharp then on to the hill!

If you can’t be there for the start at 5:30, no worries.  Get there when you can and join us on the hill as we’ll be there until around 7:15.

Invite your friends and I’ll look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

NOTE:  I mentioned this last week and will repeat again this week……..with respect to parking, please avoid parking right in front of Selma’s.  Leave that area for customers.  There’s plenty of parking on the street, and there are 2 lots surrounding the park and ball field, so please refrain from parking in front of Selma’s.  We did an excellent job of keeping it open in front of Selma’s, and let’s do the same tomorrow.

Afton Hill Repeats Ride #3 * Tomorrow, Thurs, April 18 * Join us!

Hi Riders,

Get your climbing legs on and join us tomorrow, Thursday, in Afton for our weekly hill repeats ride.  The weather looks to be great, nearly 50 degrees!  The warm temps, plus some sun and light winds will make for a GREAT evening on the hill.

Our rider numbers have grown each week, from 16 the first week to 23 last week.  Let’s hit 30+ riders tomorrow.  The more people we have riding makes for an even better experience.  There will be pacing partners for most riders, which is a huge benefit.  And remember that the ride is open to riders of all abilities.  We’ll have riders that are fast hill climbers and riders that are not as fast.  And that’s OK.  You’ve all heard me say that “the best way to get better climbing hills is to……….climb hills.”    There’s no reason to be nervous or intimidated.  We ride repeats on a closed loop, so nobody gets left behind.

I expect most riders will be on a road bike, but you can ride your tri bike, your MTB, your ‘cross bike or hybrid.  Doesn’t matter.  Climbing is climbing.  Up is up!!

Be on your bike and ready to go in front of Selma’s Ice Cream at 5:20.  I’ll do a quick pre-ride update at that time.  We’ll then head out for a short warmup at 5:30 sharp then on to the hill!

If you can’t be there for the start at 5:30, no worries.  Get there when you can and join us on the hill!

If it’s your first time on the hill this year, I suggest riding 3 – 4, and ride them hard.  If you’ve ridden one or both of the first 2 weeks, continue to add at least 1 more quality climb.  And by quality, I mean “ride it hard.”

Climbing hills provides the best return on your training time, so whether you’re key events this year include century bike rides and events, triathlons, MTB or road bike races, your time on the hill will be well spent.

Let’s have a minimum of 30 riders tomorrow, so that means you!  Invite your friends and I’ll look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

NOTE:  With respect to parking, please avoid parking right in front of Selma’s.  Leave that area for customers.  There’s plenty of parking on the street, and there are 2 lots surrounding the park and ball field, so please refrain from parking in front of Selma’s.

2018 * The Year of the Century * Your BEST Century

Let’s make 2018 the year that you make a quantum leap from the rider you have been to the ride you aspire to be.  The year that you finally get to the next level.  The year that you see significant gains in power, speed, climbing ability and bike handling.

LEt’s make 2018 the year that you ride your first century, or the year that you CRUSH your next century.  Let’s get past the fear of riding 100 miles.

Let’s learn what it takes to prepare for a century, physically and mentally.  Let’s learn how much you need to eat and drink under varying conditions, and WHAT you need to eat and drink.

Let’s make sure you get plenty of practice getting comfortable in the saddle on long rides leading up to your key century.

Let’s make sure you get plenty of practice in pacing, so you know how hard you can ride without overexerting yourself.

Let’s work on building your confidence.

I’m going to help you with all these things, and more.  My goal in 2018 is to help each of you ride your best century.

It may be your first or you may have ridden dozens.  Either way, this is going to be YOUR year.

Whether you’re riding an MS 150, a flat century or a hilly century, a century on your road bike or on your mountain bike, 2018 will be YOUR year.

Spring has arrived and it’s time to get serious about your training, so Let’s Get Going!!!

 

Afton Hill Repeats * Tomorrow (Thurs, April 12) * Be There!!

Afton Hill Repeats * Tomorrow (Thurs, April 12) * Be There!!

Tomorrow promises to be the best day of the week – the best day of the spring so far!  It’ll be just about 50 degrees and very light winds, so take full advantage and join us in Afton for some quality hill repeats!

I expect a big group tomorrow, so if you’re able to make it, there will be plenty of other riders on the hill and that will make it great.  And as always, keep in mind that the ride is open to riders of all abilities.  Since we ride repeats on a closed loop, nobody gets left behind.

The road will be in great shape and as a result, I suggest you ride your road bike.  Any other type of bike is fine, but road bike will make the most sense.

Be on your bike and ready to go in front of Selma’s Ice Cream at 5:20.  I’ll do a quick pre-ride update at that time.  We’ll then head out for a quick warmup at 5:30 sharp then on to the hill!

If you can’t be there for the start at 5:30, no worries.  Get there when you can and join us on the hill!

If it’s your first time on the hill this year, I suggest riding 3 – 4, and ride them hard.  If you rode last week, make it your goal to ride at least 1 more.  Ride them hard and push yourself until you lose the pop in your legs.  At that time, if you ride any others, simply ride them to get the climbing in.

Invite your friends and I’ll look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Afton Hill Repeats * Ride #1 * Tomorrow, Thurs, April 5 * Yes!

Afton Hill Repeats * Ride #1 * Tomorrow, Thurs, April 5 * Yes!

Hi riders,

We’re ON for tomorrow’s first hill repeat ride in Afton!

Yes, it will be cool.  Yes, there will be some salt/chemical residue on the road.  Yes, there may be a couple wet spots (though when I drove through there this afternoon it was dry).  Regardless, let’s ride tomorrow!

Please be on your bike and ready to go at 5:20 in front of Selma’s Ice Cream.  At that time I’ll do a quick pre-ride briefing then we’ll take off for a short warmup at about 5:30 and be on the hill at about 5:45.

As always, this ride is open to all experience levels.  We’ll ride several repeats up “the coulee,” the long hill on the main road heading south out of Afton (St Croix Trail).  We’ll be on a closed loop so nobody will get left behind.  And you can ride a road bike, an MTB, a Fat Bike, whatever you like.  We ride the hills hard, whatever that turns out to be for you.  Depending on your fitness level, ride 3 – 5 hills then we’ll be done.  So expect a 75 – 90 minute ride.

Come prepared for the cool temps, come prepared for some hard, challenging hills and come prepared to push yourself.  But just come, and bring a friend!

Message me with questions.  See you tomorrow!!