Last Sunday I did my first Trainerroad Gran Fondo. This is not my first Gran Fondo, but my first since I started using Trainerroad. I thought I would post my experience.
This was 100 miles (although in honour of @Nate_Pearson I took a wrong turn and made it 103 ). It had 6000ft of climbing. I don’t normally look at that. I’m not sure if that is a lot over 100 miles or not. It was 7 hours and 22 minutes of riding with an average cadence of 89. That was about 40 minutes faster than last year.
I like to spin around 90-95rpm. I found I had rarely had to get out of the saddle. I spun up most of the hills pretty well. I wouldn’t say I was fast up them, but I would say I had a constant speed up most of them.
Nearer the end, I felt I wanted to get out of the saddle a bit more on the hills. This is where I found it more interesting. I found that my thigh muscles just above my knees would spasm a bit. I had never had this before. My old training programme had more slower cadence, harder gears, and more out of the saddle workouts. I’m sure I spent more time in the saddle up the hills this year. I think this is a good thing.
I have found as I use Trainerroad more I like to spin faster and it feels a bit uncomfortable when I “slow” down to around 90 rpm if there is no tension on the peddles.
After listening to the podcast I tried harder on the fueling side. I had two large SIS bottles with me. The first had two packets of SIS Beta Fuel, the second two packets of SIS Go Energy. It was not a warm day so those lasted around five hours. I also had two bananas, two SIS gels and two SIS banana fudge bars. I felt fine from an energy point of view all the way around.
I will be 50 in a few months so I will never get much faster, but my aim with Trainerroad was to be stronger for more of the distance. This would seem to be the case. I felt stronger for longer. I was faster because I slowed less.
Hopefully, this wasn’t too boring for you all. Back in the saddle next week