The Long Loop: Gravel Cyclist After Work Training Ride – Gainesville, Florida

Need to forget about the labo(u)rs of the day? Yes! If you’re like yours truly, you work a regular job that takes up most of your day, and you do your best to avoid the stress. Low stress is proven to promote a long and fruitful life, aided by engaging in a relaxing or athletic pursuit… mine and possibly yours happens to be cycling of the gravelly kind. Circa late April 2020, we are in the time period that is Covid-19. If you can ride outdoors, do your best, and please spare a thought or two for our cyclist friends who are not so fortunate, in a complete lockdown… they’re locked to an indoor trainer or not riding at all 🙁

gravel cyclist after work training ride

In this video, ride along with me for one of my weekday fixture routes. These routes are one of three (I do have more but keeping it simple for this video), that I like to ride. There’s no heavy-duty planning, just a good ride on some local favo(u)rite roads that feature almost no vehicular traffic. These three routes are the same that feature during my Winter night-time training rides – yes – there really is a Winter in Florida, although it lasts about three weeks or three days 🙂

gravel cyclist after work training ride

My crew and I host one or two rides every week during the Winter, one being the Tuesday Night Gravel “Worlds” ride. On those rides, hard riding is encouraged on the dirt and gravelly sectors, with a regrouping happening at the end of each one. We like to encourage people to get a good workout sans fear of being left behind in the dark. This route is the longest of the three and the most difficult.

gravel cyclist after work training ride

This particular ride kicked off with me riding like a robot to a power meter (the things I do to ensure an accurate, unbiased and UNPAID review) before I settled into a pleasant tempo to help clear the mind. On this day, the weather and course conditions were absolutely perfect.

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2 comments on “The Long Loop: Gravel Cyclist After Work Training Ride – Gainesville, Florida

  1. Agreed. After a long day in front of the computer this was really fun to spend some time with on the trainer. Thanks for the time you spent putting it together, JOM!

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