Skills trainings

  • Drills on the road
  • Cadence drills on the trainer

Often, we get into a rut during the winter training cycle. How many of you stay on the same cadence throughout the winter? When you go to the training center, then they set the power via ERG mode. You leave your bicycle in the same gear during the entire workout. The power varies when the ERG mode changes its set level.

You do need other things to be a well rounded cyclist.

Working on cadence drills is just one form of neuro-muscular drill. On the road, you can work on following the white line. This helps to improve your eye coordination and its synchronization with your cycling muscles. It also helps to improve your balance.

Weekly rides 2020

The weekly rides will return in 2020. At the membership meeting on 1/4/2020, we planned the following rides. The start date for the Marshfield ride has not been set, yet.

  • Blue Hills weekly on Wednesdays
  • Hanover rides weekly on Saturdays
  • Halifax rides every other Sunday
  • Alternative starts every other Sunday
  • Thursday Time Trial will be every other Thursday starting 5-14-2020

The Blue Hills ride will be focused more on hill workouts. The first ride will be on 4-15-2020. The meeting spot will be the free public parking lot at Houghton’s Pond on Hillside street in Milton. Workouts will include the option of the classic loop, repeats on the access road, and repeats on Chickatabot road in Quincy.

The Hanover ride will start from Route 53 by the BikeWay. The first rides will be on 4-18-2020. The first group will leave at 7AM. The Women’s group and the moderate pace group will roll at 8 AM. The front group will use the 50 mile route starting on 6-2-2020. The standard 37 mile route will on 4-18-2020.

The Halifax ride will start from Route 58 and Route 106 in Halifax. Park at the Cumberland Farms. The first ride will be on 4-19-2020. We will run this ride every other Sunday. The standard route to Marion will be used.

The Thursday Time Trials will start on 5-14-20 from Halifax. A route map is being made by Mr. Chris Corbin. Mr. Corbin will be the time trial manager.

Suggestions for alternative ride starts should be sent to Mrs. Liz Malone-O’Hara or Mrs. Wendy Torkelson. The alternative rides will allow members to showcase different routes or for the club to participate in rides with other clubs.

How to set FTP

First, we need to know what FTP is. FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power. This is something that an academic researcher developed in Texas. This was not developed by a pro team’s coach. FTP is the power that you can produce for one hour within an aerobic capacity. You don’t necessarily have the ability to sustain this power for 2 hours. You can produce this power for 1 hour without any interruption.

How do we typically set FTP? We listen to folks with training programs. They have us take a test for 20 minutes and multiple the power by 95%. This does not work. Zwift does the same thing.

Were you riding through a big climb in Zwift and it lasted for 20 minutes? You set a new power record. Your heart rate was 180bpm. Perhaps you only spun the cranks at 55rpm. Was this not anaerobic? Zwift applied the 95 percentage against your new power record and displayed a window. Within the window it stated that your FTP increased. Can we rely upon this display?

Well not quite. Your heart rate was 180. Was this aerobic? No.

The best way to determine your FTP and your actual zones is to complete the 1 hour test. You might want to rest for two days to ensure full recovery prior to completing the FTP test.

warm-up for 20 minutes; ride for 1 hour.

While you are pedaling for the 1 hour, try to reach a heart rate in the 150 to 165 range. Hold your efforts while you maintain this heart beat. Pick flat terrain for this effort. Try to avoid stop lights and other traffic control devices. Pick a route with long sections that do not require stopping.

It takes practice to maintain that smooth pace and produce the power for an hour. If you don’t feel that you succeeded on the first try, then repeat the process on another day.

When you finished pedaling the second section, use the average power of the second section as your FTP.

Sundays – Where do we go?

The club offers several streams of different pacings and distances.  This enables people to progress from beginner level to intermediate level rapidly.  We help develop you and progress your fitness.  So, now you can go on a tour!

The other week, Judy and Maria, went on a 400 mile bike tour.  Tracy rode from Montreal to Boston.   Ian is riding to Canada, next week.  We help you develop towards your goals.  Part of it is showing how to form those goals and measure progress.

Every Sunday we do the “flatter” area.  The coastal route on Saturdays has more elevation gain.  It is nice to have a change of pace.

Every Sunday the A group and the B group ride different routes that are created by the ride organizers.  It is nice to do something different.  These also enabsample route 08-13-17le to adjust the intensity of the rides and customize the rides to suit the level of the riders.  It also keeps everything fresh.

I generally try to find flow.  Right turns are always better.  Intersections that take less time.  30 seconds versus a 5 minute wait?  No brainer!  I also seek those low-traffic roads and the butter-smooth pavement.

Usually the A group does at least 50 miles on Sunday.  We often reach pacing of 22mph on large segments of the ride.  We can come back with an average of 19.6 or 20.5.  The B group averages 18-19mph.

Chasing those Strava Segments also helps your training.  Together, it is like we work intervals.

Bill

 

Wompy Tuesday & Wednesdays

WOMPY TUESDAY August 1, 2017

The views today were magnificent. Judy killed the bumps (as Melissa calls them), especially on the cliffs as she blew by all of us. To avoid the reconstruction of Rockland Street, we took the Whitney Spur Rail Trail back to Wom20476046_10208880732287056_2202617777595150807_npatuck State Park.

Today’s riders.
Welcome to first time Wompy Tuesday riders John and Dan. Hope to see you again next Tuesday.
Also riding were, Dana, Melissa, Mike, Judy, Darlene and myself.

Same ride tomorrow, Wednesday. 8:00 am.

Paul

We really have a lot of club members working hard! This is wonderful. Last week, no one could beat Coach Tony. He is holding the top spot week after week. Awesome!

Rob rode another century and he is riding those left and right!! Great job!

Aaron is on the board with lots of mileage and elevation gain. Great job!

The Time Trial is moved to 06-30-17 at 7PM due to the threat of thundershowers. Norwell ride is at 8AM on Saturday. 30 and 50 mi options.leaderboard 06-19-17 week

Martha’s Vineyard Tour May 13 2017

8:15AM BOAT DEPARTURES FROM FALMOUTH – WOODSHOLE ! ! !

We will ride the ferry over to MV for a 50 mile tour. We will meet at the Woodshole Ferry Building and take the MV Steamship authority to MV. We will stick together for a social ride to see the Island. This ride is spouse-friendly. We will have a lunch stop on the reservation in Aquinnah overlooking the water(food is on your own).

Go to Depot Avenue in Falmouth MA for parking.
Please park your bike at the bike path parking lot for the Shining Sea Trail. Ride to the Ferry Building. The bike path terminates at the Ferry Building. The parking on the bike path is free.

You must purchase a round trip ticket(good for both locations) and a bike ticket. Total cost is $25. It is $8.50 for each way plus $4 for your bike.

We will take the 8:15 boat to Vineyard Haven. We will be taking a 3:45 boat back to the mainland.

This is an all day ride. We will stop for lunch on the ride in Aquinnah.
Please RSVP.

Bill

Upcoming rides 04-22-17

Wednesday night rides @ Cumberland Farms – Halifax

cumberland farms location 04-10-17

olympic-road-cycling-logo-hiSouth Shore Bikers will have a new start location for the Wednesday night rides in 2017. We will meet at the Cumberland Farms plaza in Halifax.  It is located at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 106.  Healthy Habits Nutrition is located in the plaza.  They offer recovery shakes.

Example - Halifax 27.5 route
Example – Halifax 27.5mi route

Our Wednesday rides will start on May 10th.  The start time is 6PM.  Please be ready to roll at 6PM.  If you have road headlights and taillights, then please bring them.

Safety is critical on this ride.  You must the follow the ride leader’s instructions at all times.  We will travel on quiet country roads but we also will travel on roads such as Route 58, which have a wide shoulder but will contain lots of workers traveling home to their families.

We will meet at the Cumberland Farms plaz

Linda with ex-pro Tyler Hamilton
Linda with ex-pro Tyler Hamilton

a at the intersection of Route 58 and Route 106.  The ride leader is Linda.  The ride will be 2 hours in length.  The routes vary at the discretion of the ride leader.  The plan is to utilize most of the available sunlight.