First and foremost, and HUGE THANKS to Nippy!!! He did the major bulk of all the work it took to organize and successfully pull off today’s July 4th Freedom Ride. Nearly 200 people came out and enjoyed themselves, which was the idea. Maybe we will believe you when you say we can get a few more hundred people for next year!?! Thanks Nippy!!!
Also, thanks to so many parents, families, El Grupo riders and coaches who helped out today to make it so successful. There was some serious team work going on. It was so awesome to see everyone stepping up to help out, especially for Ignacio and I to experience that having had no part in organizing it. We are part of an amazing team and that really showed today. THANKS!
Practice this week is going to step back in intensity. All the coaches had set out a training plan while Ignacio and I were away that intending for the first week to be base miles (long distances with no intensity) and the second week to be more tempo (shorter distances, some intensity). Two factors came into play: over 110 degree weather and trying to keep most of you from riding with intensity! What it seems like is that many of you are fatigued (to use Donovan’s word) and we need to go with the flow, which in this case means slow down a bit in July in Tucson! No problem.
So…no Tuesday or Wednesday morning practice. We will all do the Aquathlon on Wednesday evening, and in fact it will be the LAST one that El Grupo gets to do this summer. Next week we will have the GABA Ice Cream Social to help out at on Monday evening (when that week’s aquathlon is) and then the only other one will be while many of us are in Durango (could be worse!). There will then be a chill recovery ride on Thursday morning, ideally not starting too early.
Please check back on the blog and the training calendar for other upcoming info. We are working on scheduling a viewing of the Tour de France so if anyone wants to offer up their home or has ideas of where we could all watch some together, please let us know.
And finally a big thanks to the coaches, especially Richard, Lauren, and Nippy that truly stepped up and took on tons of responsibility to not only see that practices still ran smoothly, but also organized fundraisers and outside activities while we were away. THANKS!