I apologize in advance for the long post. The net of this posting is
that there is a great training program starting in March, 2009 in Mt.
View / Los Altos CA area to help people learn skills, gain strength and
endurance to complete a century ride between Jun 1 - Jul 12. See the
last pargagraph for details. But, here's why I think this program is
In March of 2008 I did not own a bike, and had not ridden any two
wheeled vehicle for more than 10 years and had not been very athletic.
Due to an injury I decided to try cylcing by borrowing a friends road
bike. By May of 2008 I bought my Trek Madone 4.5 WSD and was hooked. I
ended up joining Team in Training to complete the Solvang Century in
November 2008. I finished the 100 very tough, hot miles and did so
strongly. Most of that is due to the strength, conditioning and hill
repeats done by one of the volunteer coaches for our Team in Training
season, Al Painter of INTEGRATE Peformance Fitness (www.integratefitness.com). He is now putting
on a century training program in the spring. The goal will be to get
riders ready for any century event between June 1 - July 12, which
happens to cover the following events near the SF Bay Area: Tahoe
Century, Aids LifeCycle, Sequoia Century, Diabetes Tour de Cure and the LiveStrong Challenge,
to name a few.
I highly recommend the work done by INTEGRATE as I participated in all
of the training sessions put on by INTEGRATE during the Team in
Training series, and it was the only reason I was able to go from not
owning a bike in May to successfully completing a very tough Solvang
century in November. If you know of people who are interested in a
structured program to train for an endurance cycling event, this will
be a great program to get them over the finish line strong. Please
forward this to any of your friends who might be interested.
The training program being set up by this team will be a 12 -16 week
program aimed at building skills, strength and endurance. There will be
an informational meeting on Wednesday January 21, 2009 at 7:30pm at INTEGRATE PERFORMANCE FITNESS, located at 2624 Fayette Dr, Suite D in Mountain View, 94040.
If you're interested or want more information, send an email to Al Painter at email@example.com.