There was another large turnout at our Saturday spin this morning. It is great to see people continuing to support this cycle. Many are seeing good improvements but today also showed that a lot more work needs to be done. This morning’s cycle was our 4th cycle of pre-season training (already one month has flown by!), and it was our first time hitting a large hill. There really is no hiding place on long hills. They will tell you exactly how much work you need to do and it definitely was an eye opener for some.
The large group that pulled out from the Abbey Court Hotel at 9:05 soon split in two on the road so as to give the first bunch a head start on the climb up out out of Dolla. The racing group continued on to Toomevara before turning right towards Dolla. On reaching the hill it was soon apparent that a lot of people were struggling. One of the problems with such a large bunch is the huge variety of abilities and also the fact that people are on different training/break schedules – meaning people are just at different stages of fitness at this time of the year. We can’t stress enough the importance of opting for the right group on the road.
By the top of the 6km climb, the racing group had caught up with the leading 3 cyclists from the first pack. The group pulled in and waited for the rest to reach the top. When everyone got to the top the group pulled off again. It was soon apparent that a number of our cyclists weren’t recovering after the long climb and soon they were being distanced out the back. They had come as far as they were able this time and most turned back for home. The right reaction to this is to get on your bike even more during the week and the next time you come out with us you will go even further.
On the group went towards Rearcross and Newport. The pace was quite leisurely at this stage, with a strong headwind making life tough for the two people up front but making it easy for the people getting towed along behind. There were some tired bodies as we got to Newport, so many decided to turn with the first group towards Birdhill. The racing group continued on towards the turn for Daly’s Cross.
Once both groups got onto the N7 the final rolling over session began. The tailwind meant the two groups were flying along and it wasn’t long before everyone was back in Nenagh. Things broke up a bit on the road and we will probably need to address the high speeds a little (we train pretty hard compared to most teams in the winter, but there is such a thing as too hard) but all n all it was a nice, enjoyable cycle once again. We hope ye all enjoyed it.
Next up: Sunday lake cycle at 8:00am meeting at Tescos car park. Coffee break at the half way point. This cycle is open to every club member, but it wouldn’t be beginner friendly.
Also, try and make it to our Tuesday turbo session!!