The VeloPro Blog
Ken Massheimer shares the ups and downs training for My First Century and a couple of unexpected benefits.
Coach Kadir's annual Marin Cycling Camp is one of the best times in cycling. Every May for the last 13 years, he leads a fully supported week of blissed out rides in beautiful Northern California. It's a perfect way to ride yourself into shape for the Spring and Summer cycling season. Coach keeps the group small so everyone get plenty of personal attention. Here's how this year unfolded.
It has been a long journey. We kicked-off the My First Century program in January of this year. Ten athletes of all ages, genders and walks of life signed up for a life changing goal, to complete a 100-mile ride. After training for six months, how did our MFC athletes do? Did they reach their goal?
We proud to introduce you to VeloPro athlete Jeff Sigman. Jeff has been with VeloPro from the beginning. This year he's qualified for the famous Paris-Brest-Paris Randonnée! Jeff will be blogging his experiences as he trains for and then experiences this 1200K epic ride.
This past weekend I had a chance to reconnect with the reasons I ride in a profound way. I am an analyst by nature and by profession. As such, I am extremely motivated by metrics and having a training plan that allowed me to track ride time, power and effort was amazing. Since January, and my training with VeloPro, I have spent more than 100 hours on my bike, logged over 1,600 miles and gained 87,000 feet of elevation. My functional threshold power or FTP has increased from 150 W/kg to 212 W/kg. I trained, I raced, and I trained again. I have gotten fitter, faster, and feel ready for my first century ride in the coming week. This weekend however, I slowed it all down and went out to enjoy the scenery and company in eastern Oregon. I still logged those miles, but I wasn’t racing to improve my time or power output, I was just out there to connect with my bike.