Training – Saturday group ride

There have been a number of club members regularly doing a long spin on a Saturday morning for the past while.  As it has now garnered a steady following, we are looking to formalise this session and make it an official club training session.
Some preliminaries:
  • The purpose of this session is to provide a quality endurance ride for club members who are focussed on pushing performance.  It is targeted at members of the High Performance Group and people serious about attaining that standard.
  • As a rough guideline, the average speed tends to be between 27-31kph over approximately 100km depending on terrain and conditions.
  • There will be no mid-cycle coffee stops.  Coffee stops are, however, encouraged at the end.
  • If someone is not able to stay with the pace, the group will not slow down.  The aim would be that as more people join, different pace groups would form naturally.
  • For each ride we will, where possible, identify ‘escape routes’ or turn off points where someone can take a more direct route home if they are struggling for any reason.
  • All participants must be Triathlon Ireland or Cycling Ireland members.
Sat 14 Dec 2013
At the moment there is a severe south-westerly forecast for Saturday morning.  We’ll have to wait and see closer to the time to make sure it’s safe, but for the moment we’ll plan to go ahead with a spin.
Leaving City Hall @ 8:30am  SHARP.
Proposed route to best take advantage of a strong southerly:
We’ve thrown in a few hills at the end to make it more interesting and to bump up the mileage to 100km.  Just to note that the hills will be kept at a steady aerobic (Z2) pace.  We’re doing these with leg strengthening in mind, not KOM plaudits 😉
There are options to take more direct routes home at Carrigaline, Belgooly, Kinsale and Ballinhassig should you wish to cut the spin short.
Finally, there are bound to be teething issues as we expand this out to the club as a whole so please give feedback after joining us or if you have any other suggestions.