Morning ride today with three friends, all of us strong riders in our mid to late 40s. The ride is a nice 70k loop from Canmore to Lake Minnewanka in Banff. There was a very strong headwind and the temperature is a brisk 3 degrees centigrade. We see a woman riding about 500 meters ahead and eventually catch her at a pace of about 30kph (18mph). All of us had to push a bit and are probably in zone 3, maybe zone 4. It turns out that the woman is Chandra Crawford, an Olympic gold medalist cross country skier. She tells us that her coach told her to do a zone 1 ride today, her heart rate is under 100.
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9/15/07 at 12:01pm