|2011's Chinook Pass Ride just|
before Team Mang was born
|The ride that gave birth to the barkada - Tiger Mountain|
That means there are 2 realities we cannot avoid:
- We cannot always ride at the same pace all the time. The fast/strong ones will get frustrated and the slow ones will get left behind. This is the reason we have timangan-paced rides, averaging 18 - 21 mph on the flats (which is where we all want to be at when we're peaking). And we also have the easy-lang-mama (ELM) rides, which are geared toward those building up to timangan pace.
- We cannot and must not force anyone to ride at a pace they're not comfortable with or that's too slow for them. We're all in this for the fun but it's no fun when you're being forced to go too fast and you feel like you're holding the group back; or you're being forced to take long breaks waiting for the slow ones when you're itching to go, go, go.
|This shows the approximate fitness level we're shooting |
for among the 3 groups
The way I see it, there are approximately 3 sub-groups right now in Team Mang (see the chart):
- those who have been riding throughout winter and are strong right now - these are riding at the Timang pace.
- those who are aiming to be able to do 100 miles by April (that includes me), who only started riding in February - let's call them ELM-1 - and are building up to be able to keep up with the Timang group. A few more rides and we should be able to.
- those who have not even started riding yet and are expecting to train for the STP starting in late February (that's a typical training schedule, kicked off by the Chilly Hilly ride - it was my normal schedule last year when we didn't have to train for the Sea Otter Classic). This is the ELM-2 group.
- Actually, you can add a fourth group - those who don't want to train even by March but think they can make it to Portland by starting their training in April. We'll call that the ride support :).
|Last year's May Day Metric brought many of us out|
on our first major ride of the year
What we need right now is for someone to take the lead in training with the ELM-2's to make sure we have rides and routes suitable for a late February startup and building up for peaking in June/July. Obviously all 3 groups cannot ride together all the time. If everything goes well, by late April, ELM-1's should be riding at Timang pace and ELM-2's would have caught up by June/July.
|2013 STP Ride, at the Longview stop|
We do not have any hard and fast laws in Team Mang - we only try our best to be considerate to each other and keep it fun and push us all towards our training goals. But it ain't fun when you're suffering and the best way to beat suffering is to get fit for the goals you're trying to reach. Every now and then, we can all purposely ride together at a decent pace just to keep it real.