SpinAdventurers: Please pardon my interruption and welcome back!

Michael Collier rides with disabled veterans along the Pacific Coast Highway. Photo courtesy of Ride 2 Recovery.

By Michael Collier

Howdy SpinAdventure followers. I am so glad to be back after a few months leave, and I plan to begin posting again in the coming days and weeks. The new year has passed and now it is time to get on the bike, stretch out, practice your core strength exercises and build that vastus medialis oblique muscle — the quad that bulges right above your knee and makes you look like a professional track racer.

For endurance cyclists who have been reading SpinAdventure since it began in 2013 and are familiar with the site, you know that I will include posts on how to make the most of your training as you pursue your for cycling goals in 2017.

If you are a rider who is new to SpinAdventure, welcome. Hop on your bike and get going on your plans for an awesome, challenging riding season. Build muscle and ride hard when possible. It makes a difference when a rider is well-trained by early Spring.

My first endurance goal is to finish a double century  (200 miles). I plan to register and complete the Joshua Tree Double Century on March 11. For those of you who aspire to complete your first century ride this year, there are dozens of good ones to choose from across California and beyond. We focus mostly on California endurance rides. In the California Triple Crown series alone, there are more than two dozen events, and each of them will challenge even the hard-core cyclists.

Getting ready for an ambitious riding schedule will be tougher than usual this year because the very wet, cold weather that has been sweeping the state is showing few signs of letting up. Train indoors if needed. Turn on Zwift and ride virtual with your pals. Cycling is a collective activity. Ride with your buddies as often as possible.

Set your sights on being strong enough by Spring to ride even more events than you had planned on tackling. If you find yourself overly tired, that likely means you have not had enough recovery time. It takes more than a few glasses of chocolate milk to get back to normal.

See you on the road, my fellow spinners! And please give me feedback. What are you interested in as a cyclist. What help do you need to up your game?



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