Continue to train on your Spring Break! You can lose a lot of conditioning over 5 to 7 days.
Continue to build your strength and speed, especially hill work. The next three races have real hills: hills of various lengths and steepness. Keep your training intensity high.
Petaluma has a long uphill from the start, with numerous flowy switchbacks. Incorporating Diaz Ridge into your workouts this week would be of benefit. It’s a steep, steady climb and will help with racing mechanics on tight turns. Try to work in some intervals on your long uphill climbs: 3 minutes hard, 3 minutes recovery and repeat 3 or 4 times. Train with your friends and push and encourage each other.
Petaluma is also mostly single track so China Camp or Tamarancho would be good training loops to do.
Your hard rides should be between 15 to 22 miles.
Those of you racing Sea Otter: Tuesday, Thursday hard with recovery rides Wednesday and Friday. Take Saturday off for your Sunday morning race.
The rest of you can stick with your Wed., Friday, Sunday hard rides. We’ll see you on Wednesday after Spring Break.
E-mail me if you have any questions or need more specifics.