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How to Win a Bike Jersey & Triple Team Entry

2012 Bike Jersey - San Diego Century

Cold and wet weather can put a damper on riding motivation and it looks like we’ll see some challenges with the weather this week.  We hope the questions and giveaways for this week can help to keep the motivation rolling.

If you haven’t participated yet, we will be giving away San Diego Century bike jerseys this week (and every week until 5/19) with some fun website contest questions.  Share your rides from the week and your rides from the weekend and there’s always a chance to pick up San Diego Century gear, and more gear coming from our sponsors.  This week we’ll have two winning options for the week: a jersey giveaway question for Friday and a “Triple Team” giveaway option on Facebook that ends Sunday.  The contest question winner will receive a free 2012 San Diego Century bike jersey.  The “Triple Team” winner will receive a free “Triple Team” entry for the winner and 2 friends to ride the 103 mile century (or another distance if preferred).

Whether or not you want to participate, be sure to check out our 2012 merchandise, including the jersey, t-shirts and caps.

This week’s question is “What is your preference when the weather is tough:  Spin class, riding on the trainer, cross training, or watching Tour de France classics by the fire?”  Share your answers and your workouts for the judges.  Post a comment below with your answer to get in on the Jersey contest.

Need a suggestion on how to record your rides with your phone, or draw a map of your ride route online?  Here’s a list of online services where you can start for free and upload ride tracks from your phone, import your Garmin files (or Polar, Timex, etc) or draw your route.

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The best comments between Monday and 5:00 pm  Friday 3/2  are eligible.  The judging team from San Diego Century will select the winning comments on 3/3 and 3/4, with the winner posted the week of 3/5.

More details on the jersey giveaway:

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The 3/2 promotion will include one San Diego Century 2012 Bike Jersey.  No purchase necessary.  Entries limited to one per person.  One prize per person.  Previous 2012 winners are not eligible.   Items will be awarded based on best comments on this post between February 27 and Friday March 2, 2012 at 5 pm, with winners selected by San Diego Century judges.

More details on the “Triple Team” giveaway:

The 3/4 “Triple Team” promotion will include one free San Diego Century “Triple Team” entry.  The Triple Team entry is registration for 3 riders to the 103 mile route.  No purchase necessary.  Participants must be 18 years or older and a US resident. One “Triple Team” entry will be awarded to the randomly selected winner. Entries awarded as follows on Facebook and via email:   FACEBOOK: one entry with your email on the FACEBOOK promotion tab, and one additional entry for each Facebook friend that enters on the Facebook promotion page.  EMAIL:  You may also enter via email by visiting our contact us page, putting “Triple Team Giveaway” in the subject line and providing your email address along with the email addresses of the cycling friends you would like to join you for the Triple Team registration.  You will receive one additional entry per valid email address.  All emails provided will be included on our member list, and you may unsubscribe at any time.  We do not share our member lists or promotion email lists with anyone.  The “Triple Team” winner will be awarded based on random selection from valid entries received via Facebook and email.  Valid entries must be received by 11:59 pm Pacific on March 4, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.  The winner will be drawn and the winner’s name posted on March 5, 2012.

There are 20 comments for this Post

  1. Megan Brazina -

    Living in the Palm Springs area, also known to locals as simply “the Desert,” we don’t see very many bad weather days. However when there is rain or incredible wind speeds (Such as was the case during this months “Tour de Palm Springs”) my favorite way to keep on track is by cross training. I start with a 2-scoop Muscle Milk Protein Shake then choose to hit the one of the many gyms near my house and get in 30 min of time on the treadmill, keeping the speed low Between 3-5 mph) and climb the mountain (inclines between 20 and 30). Followed by 45-60 minutes doing low-weight high-rep sets of lunges, squats, hamstring curls, calf raises and oh so many more. Then I’ll cap of the workout with a short 20 minutes on the stationary bike to cool down on. While my preference is to be outdoors and riding as much as I can, this indoor workout allows me to work on my muscles and be sheltered from the rain/winds!

  2. Kristina Eastham -

    Tough call – I’d say a tie between cross training and spin class depending on the day, but only if cross training is hot yoga. Spin class is nice if you haven’t been biking much, but hot yoga lets you get warm to the core, stretch those tight muscles and make your next ride, when the weather is better, feel like less work.

  3. Mark Clement -

    I only spin when there isn’t enough time or daylight for a “real” ride.  

    Coming up next week in Solvang I will ride in my first ever Century. 

    For the past 8 weeks I’ve been training with a great group of veteran riders based in San Diego.  They are all, “been there, done that, got the event jersey” kind of folks who love to be on the bike especially when the weather is nice.  

    In week four of the training program the conditions were not optimal, in fact they were dismal.  Not a single rider in the group of 14 wanted to go.  On that very wet day I did two Torrey Pines repeats and climbed Soledad before finishing 35 miles in the wet and cold.  It was exhilarating.  

    I am told that Solvang can be a wet ride, my teammates are already making contingency plans that include, everything from sag support to wine tasting if there is rain in the forecast.  The thought of not riding didn’t cross my mind and frankly isn’t an option.  “Wet” is temporary and skin is naturally waterproof.  

  4. Mark Barrette -

    “What is your preference when the weather is tough: Spin class, riding on the trainer, cross training, or watching Tour de France classics by the fire?”

    Hey Greg,

    My approach to training in rough weather:

    1. Rent a tour du france rider.
    2. Strap a chair to him.
    3. Bring beer and an umbrella.
    4. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

    As much as it sucks when we get the rare “rough weather day” in Laguna Niguel, I think about my cycling days in Canada with the Ottawa Bicycle Club and it puts it into prospective. Do I need my insulated booties? – Nope. The rubber gloves? – Nada. How about a touque under the helmet? – Whats a touque??? Tire spikes in my hybrid cross trainer while I circumvent the icy patches? – Don’t ask!
    As much as my 50 yr old body doesn’t want to hit the road on the bad days, I check out the weather in Ottawa (currently VERY COLD) and get my ass on the bike.
    As we all know, once we get over that first 5 minutes of hill work and the “aughhh – what am I doing out here”, we start feeling like Lance climbing the L’Alpe d’Huez in 2001. Ok – my “Ullrich look” to drivers and pedestrians as I pass them is not as powerful, but I still love it all the same. “I am a cyclist – rain or shine. Watch me go”.

    • Greg (SDC & BTC Marketing) -

      Ok, Mark, whether or not you get the jersey vote, you’ll get the editor’s award:) Fun post. I’m from the midwest myself, so definitely shake my head at the complaints when it’s under 65F and less than 75% sunny.

  5. Ruy Machado -

    Living in San Diego we do not have too many days when we can’t ride, but if the roads are wet I keep an extra bike for those days…my favorite ride on a cold wet morning is taking the Old Highway 101 from Del Mar to Oceanside a good 45 miles ride round-trip on a moderate pace.

  6. Brent Hedden -

    Unless there is a monsoon,or tidal wave, I actually like to ride in the rain. Coworkers think I’m crazy. Even a pair of clip-on fenders will keep any mud at bay.

    • Greg (SDC & BTC Marketing) -

      Definitely not crazy, just passion:) Thanks for the clip-on fender tip. And even without fenders, isn’t it just a little gratifying to walk in the door with that nice mudstrip up the back of your jersey?

  7. Gene Jackson -

    I use to spin quite a bit while I served in the US Army. I am 59 yrs old now, retired, disabled , and a veteran seeking ways to adapt and stay involved in community events.

    I do get caught in the rain occasionally. From riding my bike from the Northern Central part of San Diego County to downtown where I reside.

    If there are AARP, AAA or Retired Veterans please put me in contact with them. And I will be proud to wear your jersey.


    • Greg (SDC & BTC Marketing) -

      Gene, so great to hear that you’re riding and we’re honored to have you getting involved with the San Diego Century. Are you on Facebook? If so, we could easily send a shout out there for AARP, AAA and Retired Veterans. How does that sound?

  8. Naomi Dauermann -

    When the weather turns wet and cold, my favorite thing to do is run in the rain! I warm up easily and enjoy using my cycling rain jacket for these occasions — it is just too hot to use on the bike. Then, if my schedule permits, I like to add stair-climbing or spin at my gym and there’s nothing like a zumba or Israeli dance class to throw a curve ball at my cycling muscles! If I get all three in on a wet day, I’m really happy. I’m doing a lot of hills and distance as I’m training for a mountain century in May.

  9. allan navarro -

    Inclement weather, I train in the gym. I run then ride a stationary bike. I try to burn the same calories and ride the same miles.

  10. Evan Nishimura -

    I’ll hit the gym and do some weights and work on my core. I’m not a biker first and foremost and enjoy running on my off days just as much. If it’s raining (or hailing) I’ll blast out some bench presses and tricep press downs. Next, on to some leg raises and back extensions. If I feel really energetic I’ll do a quick 20 min of spin. Nothing like getting out on the road or the trails though!

  11. Triple Team Winner & Jersey Winner for 3/4 | San Diego Century Bike Ride -

    […] love it all the same. “I am a cyclist – rain or shine. Watch me go”.   -Mark B.       See all the posted answers here>>    And on Facebook>>  Stay tuned for the next contest ending 3/9 where we will be giving […]

  12. Tim Krupa -

    I definitey prefer to do some cross training. I generally do a weight trianing routine on my Bowflex unless I did one the day previous, then I break outa P90X workout (and beat myself up).


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