TFT* Part VII: A few more training ideas

A few more thoughts on training for TOMRV*, especially for first-timers like the Steves, Mike, Mark, Nancy and Tim:

Learn to stretch. Learn how to do it even on the bike. I’m not sure I’d do the first one you’ll see in this video, but you might be more coordinated than I am. (Just in case you’re not, please don’t do it right in front of me on the road. I don’t want you taking me down with you.) You will definitely want to stretch now and then throughout the ride.

Seek out headwinds. There will almost certainly be a headwind either all day Saturday (100+ miles) or Sunday (85 or so miles). Maybe both.

So, seek out headwinds during your training. Get used to riding in the drops if you’re doing the ride on your road bike. You’ll move along noticeably faster, and with significantly less effort, than if you’re sitting upright. If you’re taking a hybrid or your mountain bike, you are way, way tougher than I am.

Seek out hills. You won’t be able to avoid them on this ride, so go out of your way to find them now. As I think I’ve said before, you don’t have to attack them, but get used to them.

Find a gear you can use to spin up a long, steep hill at a pace that will leave you some energy for the next one. And the next one. And the next one.

It’s a challenging ride, but there’s good food at the end of the day Saturday in Dubuque, and lots of it.

And it looks like they still have Whitey’s in Davenport for the traditional post-ride ice cream before the drive home.

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