The 2008 El Tour de Tucson was my first event where I tried to progressively push myself on the bike through training prior to a race. I rode a lot with my friend Jules Moore, a sweet friend who is amazingly dedicated to the singular goal of going faster. In training parlance, the El Tour de Tucson, a 109 mile huge regional race, was my “A” event for the year.
So what did I learn? Lots of stuff. Training is a delicate balance of many factors, and it seems you do many things by trial and error to find what works for you. Race day practices, tactics, and experience are all real important.
Results? I pushed up my endurance plenty and my speed a little. I finished in moderately good time, but comparatively mediocre, and I finished thinking I could do better. Some day…maybe….
November 19, 2008 – Preparations for El Tour
November 20, 2008 – A Week Before the Race
November 21, 2008 – The Day Before
November 22, 2008 – Race Day El Tour de Tucson