Riding in the Rain, getting in practice for any type of conditions on race day.

Well despite the threat of rain, six brave souls made their way to tim hortons this morning, Jeff, Peter, Gord, and I believe Ian and Robert (two newcomers - sorry guys if I got the names wrong, my memory is brutal) were out for the ride. The weather was decidedly overcast but no rain when we began just a lot of wheel spray for those who were drafting.

my total stats, 106.3kms, avg speed of 29.2km/h, max of 60.5, total calories burned 4675 (i particularly like this chocolate cake number!!), avg heart rate of 129, max hr of 164, total ascent of 822m

We used the long route that DY had up for today thinking that anyone that wanted to latch on from the PUCC would look for us. Sure enough Greg found his way and rode with the group for about 30 minutes. Once we got north of the city almost to whitevale, the group split into 2 as I needed to get in more miles and thus wanted to complete the webb road loop north of stouffville while the rest of the group was going to do the slightly shorter turn around at the coffee shop. In getting out of the city, I have the following stats.

29.86kms at an average speed of 26.4km/h, max of 48.4km/h, total ascent of 232m, avg HR of 125, max 164

The webb road loop is outstanding hill work with solid rollers. Given i was riding my tri-bike, the riding position is fantastic for the downhills but a little less efficient in my view for making climbs and it always seems like the climbs are longer than the downhills. Like usual the wind was in our face going north and east, which makes webb even tougher. This week I made the correct turn back toward stouffville at the town line and just roared back averaging just over 40km/h for the 11 km stretch from the corner of webb and brock and back to stouffville. It is amazing what a wind assist can do for speed.
It started pelting down rain as I headed back to the coffee shop, where I hoped i would find the five other riders waiting, which they were, thank goodness. The stats for this part of the ride were:

34kms at an average speed of 32.8km/h, max of 58.1km/h, total ascent of 327m, avg HR of 144, max 161

After a cup of java, we made our way back in the pouring rain. The rain and the cold made for some challenging riding, but it also ensures that we become accustomed to riding in all conditions. While we might want to always be riding in sunshine, the elements make riding fun (otherwise take a car, safer, faster, drier and you dont have to carry gels and water bottles!). We made great time coming back to toronto with the wind at our backs. The rain stopped somewhere around the zoo. My stats for this part of the ride were:

42.2kms at an average spped of 28.9km/h, max of 60.5km/h and total ascent of 262m, avg HR of 121, max 156

A good day's work. Jeff will hopefully post the before and after photos.
qb

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Comment by DY on April 26, 2009 at 9:28pm
"Good Job" Storm Troopers! It seems in my quest to help newer riders I have lost my "hardcore" tenacity:)

Sorry I wasn't there.

D.
Comment by qb on April 26, 2009 at 9:32pm
Albert it was a good day for a ride except for the rain on the way back. Even with that I think we all had rain gear, which meant we were prepared for the worst. I would say the only mistake I made was not having the knee warmers, because once the rain started falling the cold weather got into the bones. Sorry to hear about the strain, hopefully a little ice and some rest will help
Comment by Jeff N on April 27, 2009 at 9:34am
Thanks for the ride, it was Good fun! Just like winter training in Denmark, or so I have read. Photos are coming as soon as I figure out how to get them out of my phone.

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