We had a great time at the Mini shifting clinic and Hill workout in Tierrasanta neighborhood of San Diego (off of the I 15, and 52) this Sat!
Andrea, Leah, Laura, Cindy, and Bevin were in attendance. Here are Bevin and Andrea!
In the mini shifting clinic, we covered
The importance of maintaining a steady cadence (try for near 80rpm) in order to sustain energy and not overload your legs on one hill.
How to shift into easier gears on the front ring and the back cogs
How to select gear/cogs for different steepness of inclines
How and when to stand up vs. sitting down when going up a hill
For the hill workout we all stayed together, as we were about the same fitness level
Part A: Two x on 1 mile hill at 3-5% grade. Practice maintaining cadence and get warmed up
Part B: Three x a 3.5 mile loop in the neighborhood with 1-6% grade. Work on maintaining ‘flow’ throughout the course, and maintaining cadence when we got tired.
This was the first time that we used Tierrasanta as a training location, and everyone seemed to really like it. The positive attributed included: a) low traffic level, b) good inclines that were challenging, yet not overwhelming, c) good course/loop length, d) bike lane or wide shoulder on our loops, c) nice neighborhood with trees
Total riding time: About an hour
Total distance ~12-13miles