Seems that now that a large majority of athletes are looking to train for long events, especially with gravel racing coming popular. Whether you are training for a one of these long gravel events, a Fondo, an endurance mountain bike race or etc you are going to need to put in some long weekend rides!
Sometimes the motivation to do these long rides solo can be a bit daunting. One of my favorite things to do back when I was racing full time was look for group rides to join. Yes many of us already do group rides, but I’d look to ride either before or after to get more time.
Personally I preferred to put in time before the group ride. The motivation to ride more after you friends have split off and headed for home was less. Riding before you have the excitement of looking forward to the group ride. Plus it’s a great way to work on endurance and race winning moves by putting the harder effort at the end.
This past weekend I had one goal and that was to get in 125 miles. I knew there happened to be a 65 mile group ride happening close to me. I got up early and did 2 hours before and only needed to do 45 minutes after. The 3.5 hours on the group ride went by fast with the motivation of riding with friends. Was easily able to accomplish my training goal for the day.