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Team TEW Trains for the Gran Fondo NY 2012

PC Riding the Gran Fondo NY 2011

 A couple of months ago, we announced that we’re sponsoring the Gran Fondo NY, which you can read all about here.  At that point, there were 184 days left to train; now the fire’s in the can, and we’re down to 60 days and 19 hours until the Gran Fondo NY begins.  The clock is ticking and for many of us at Team TEW, the training began at the beginning of March.  On May 20th, the day of the ride, there will be two options, the  Medio Fondo NY, which is a 65 mile ride; and the Gran Fondo, which is 100 miles long.  Both rides involve a fair amount of climbing.  From now until then, Tuesday’s blog posts will be devoted to shop-talk, including profiles of each rider, because half the fun of training is talking about the ride.

Our first profile shout-out goes to PC, our captain in-office and on the bike.

Peter’s currently training for the Gran Fondo, but his relationship to cycling began in 1980, when he rode 780 miles up Highway 1, from Crescent City (just south of the Oregon state line) to Big Sur and back up to Monterey.  In 1990, he did the same ride, with the same group of friends, and then didn’t get on the bike again until Tom came up with the idea to ride Mt. Ventoux, and now he says, “I’m completely hooked.”

His current goal is to ride the 100 miles in under 8 hours, including stops.  And though he’s had an upgrade since then: for his 50th birthday, Tom gave him a Parlee Z5, an all carbon bike with electronic gears, that at the time (2010) was the lightest stock frame on the market; PC, like all of us, has his work cut out for him.

Last year, he rode the Medio Fondo, which, including the ride home, was an 85 mile day.  “This year, there was never any doubt that I’d do the 100,” he says.  “I have to keep with the youngsters.  I got to show that the old guys can still represent.”

During the winter, he rode an average of 30-55 miles once or twice a week.  When the new year began, so did his GF training.  Since then, he’s been riding more than twice a week, on Saturdays and Sundays over the GW Bridge, with one or two rides in Central Park during the week.  This weekend, he rode 42 miles on Saturday:  “Saturday was a nasty, hilly, ass-kicking ride with Jorge and Rain (from the Standard).  Jorge is a beast,” he wrote.  “He rips on the flats and climbs long steep hills fast and easily.  Very annoying.  About 3800 feet of climbing.”

On Sunday, PC rode solo, “over the bridge, up 9W to the NY State line, then back the same route.  No real hills, just 1500 feet of climbing the whole ride, but I rode hard and the wind was in my face coming home.  Did the 48 [miles] in 2:56, 16.2 mph for the ride.  The rust is off.  Felt great riding sunday.  I’m looking to ride a solid 20 more times before the Fondo.”

When asked how riding has affected his life, PC laughs and says, “Apparently it makes me more tolerable around the house.”   I’m sure we can all say the same about ourselves…

Rainlove Lampariello at the NY State line

Other Team TEW training highlights for the week:

Karen (c’est moi) rode 24 miles in Central Park on Friday, beginning with mist, ending with rain, and followed  with 38.6 miles over the bridge to Piedmont on Saturday, in just over 2.5 hours.  I mashed the big gears to strengthen the quads.  Did yoga at Jivamukti on Monday morning, and rode 33.6 miles Monday evening, over the bridge to the State Line, focusing on spinning to loosen up the legs!

JP rode 2.5 hours on the trainer on Saturday.  Played 2 hours of fast-paced, indoor soccer on Sunday.  Ran 2 miles Monday morning, and rode a 26 mile loop on Monday evening.

Laura rode 25 miles outdoors on Sunday, after training indoors since Jan 7th.  (We’ll have more on her training regimen in the next couple of weeks.) Today, she plans on riding again.

Rainlove, who rode with PC and Jorge this past weekend, says, “I ride because it allows my mind to think of nothing except the rhythm of the road.  People work at trying to get their minds to this point with meditation and all you have to do is ride.  It is a thing of beauty.  Clears everything, no thoughts at all while on the bike, except for the next hill.”

Well said!

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