Training for Padres Pedal the Cause
Whether you’re an experienced rider or just getting started, training is vital to preparing for any long ride or race. The Padres Pedal the Cause event offers a variety of courses in different distances and degrees difficulty so you can join in the fight against cancer while still customizing your distance to fit your experience and ability. However, even for those riding the novice courses, training is an important part of avoiding injury and fatigue so you can focus on having fun and reaching your goals.
One of the best ways to train for any long ride is to vary the courses you ride on, as well as the intensity of your rides. Base training—which means riding for two or more hours at a steady pace—is an ideal way to train so that your body becomes used to longer rides and uses oxygen and burns fat more efficiently. Ultimately, this kind of training allows you to build endurance so you can ride faster and longer.
Beginning training means finding plenty of different rides in your area that meet your training needs. Luckily, several of our Pedal Partners in the San Diego area offer free rides. You can get a lay of the land and learn about different rides around the city to maintain a challenging training regimen. Even better, you’ll meet other cyclists to ride with, helping you stay motivated and enhancing your Padres Pedal the Cause team!
RIDE Cyclery, a Padres Pedal sponsor, offers free rides weekend mornings at 8 am, so you can join up and maintain your training schedule. On Saturdays, RIDE offers a Women’s only ride for a motivating experience among other women. On Sundays, RIDE offers both a road ride and mountain trail ride, so you can try out a variety of rides around the San Diego area, from the Calavera Trails to The Loop. In many cases, these rides separate cyclists by skill level, so you won’t be asked to ride anything beyond your skill set.
Revolution Bike Shop, another partner, holds free monthly rides on the first Saturday of each month. Their rides are intermediate, making them challenging for newer cyclists, but they make for a great break from regular training for experienced cyclists who’ve been riding hard. Specifics for each ride are posted on the site, but include routes like the 42-mile Del Dios/Elfin Forest/Coast Loop.
Another Pedal Partner, UC Cyclery, has a free San Diego Bicycle Club ride every Saturday morning at 8:30 am. Offering new rider orientations, development groups for learning pack riding skills, and a number of different groups with varying skill levels and riding routes, these rides are a great way to build your skills and endurance as you prepare for the Padres Pedal the Cause event.
Training is essential to building the strength and endurance for Padres Pedal the Cause. Take advantage of these local free rides and make sure you’re ready for an inspiring event!