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Winter Training Update
27th Feb 2015Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts 0
Winter Training Update

Returning to Bloomington after winter break means a couple of things for Beta Cycling. First, we have completed our training trip in Panama City Beach. Second, back to training inside. Third and most important, Little 500 is right around the corner.

Taking advantage of nice days

Taking advantage of nice days

During the fall semester we focus most of our attention and training on creating a base. Spending over 15 hours a week in the saddle riding through the hills of Bloomington. All of that changes when we return from winter break; we now dedicate more time to riding inside on the rollers. Spending time on our little 5 bikes, working on our spin and doing intense roller workouts. This is the time when the race is won and lost, and we have done an excellent job since arriving back on campus.

The best example of this happened a couple weeks ago. Bloomington had been hit with a cold front and the temperature hadn’t been above 30 degrees for about 5 days straight. We were all getting a little stir crazy and took our chance to get back outside on a sunny day. The wind was calm, the sun was shining, but it still felt like 2 degrees outside. John, AJ, and I decided to try and meet up with the bakehouse guys for a solid workout.

Taking on the cold

Taking on the cold

When we arrived we quickly realized that no one else was going to be joining us. We decided to do a ride to Martinsville and back (about three hours of riding). As soon as we started off for the ride we realized just how cold it was going to be. While our phones told us it was 5 degrees out, the wind from riding the bike made it feel like it was -5 degrees, but we were bundled up and prepared for the challenge. We made sure to keep the pace relatively quick in an effort to stay warm but it could only help so much. By the time we reached Martinsville, AJ could not feel anything from his waist down and John and I were quickly losing feeling in our hands and toes but we had reached the halfway point.

When we finally arrived back at Beta we were all begging for a warm shower and food. We had completed the ride but it had taken a toll on all of us mentally and physically. At the end of the day though, we all realized we were very happy we had gotten outside. We did not see a single other rider the whole day, showing us a couple of things. We had gotten the best ride out of anybody in the field that day, and we were stronger mentally than any other team. These brutal rides are awful during them, but make you feel like a real cyclist once completed.

The cold has continued to linger around, and we are becoming more and more anxious for the track to open. We continue to train daily with our eyes still set on April 25th. We would like to thank the alumni support we have received up to this point, we could not do it without you guys!

in _kai_
Kyle Knight
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