Last weekend was PeloFondo weekend again! If you recall, I participated in my first PeloFondo in January and was instantly hooked.
I have to admit that I didn’t know that it was coming up last weekend. I mean, I knew that I had signed up for PeloFondo and I knew it was the first weekend in May, but I had just returned from international travel and my jetlagged brain just didn’t have the PeloFondo on my mind until I checked my calendar. If you know what I mean. But, I love a good community event and with a dedicated workout buddy (Tanja) and a great team by my side, I was looking forward to sweating and logging miles together again.
What’s a PeloFondo again?
PeloFondo is a Gran Fondo-style endurance challenge for Peloton riders and the main goal is to ride a designated amount of miles over the event weekend. You can join individually or as a team and pledge an amount of miles that you vow to accomplish within 48 hours.
The recommendation for Peloton riders, who use classes, is to not follow the instructors’ cues, but instead maintain a steady, sustainable endurance pace (zone 2, if you know your power zones) throughout the rides. I believe you can also participate as an app rider, as long as you’re able to track (and then manually report) your mileage on your non-Peloton bike.
Tanja and I signed up as part of our Streakers Team again #pelofondostreakers (the same awesome team we join for the Power Zone Challenges). We were a total of 66 riders and together we collectively rode 3238.94 miles in 193 hours. I am so freakin’ proud of our team.
In total, 5522 riders participated in this event time. Our team placed 15th out of 127!
How the weekend went
I went into this PeloFondo a little bit more prepared and strategic this time. It’s not like I wasn’t prepared at all last time. This is endurance event after all and even if you pick the shortest distance, which is 35 miles, you’ll be in the saddle for a minimum of 2-3 hours, but I knew that this would be possible what with my regular workout schedule and all. But this time, I didn’t make the “mistake” to try and crank out the miles all in one sitting. I realized that I can break things up, refuel and recover, and then get on the bike again.
Last time, I hit 100 miles, so I used this as my pledged goal this time. I had planned to split the mileage over both days and ride in two time blocks each day with a break in between. The PeloFondo Team provides a ride schedule for the weekend to include live classes and an assortment of on-demand classes, so people can ride together on the leaderboard and support each other with high fives. My team also came up with a ride schedule for the weekend and I did a couple of those classes. I also chose the “just ride” option for one time block and watched Netflix for part of my miles.
On Saturday, I was on the bike for a total of 4 hours, 2 minutes and I finished five 24-oz bottles of water/electrolytes, a banana, a protein bar, and a handful of gummy bears during my rides. I made sure to do some stretching at the end of each time block and some foam rolling to keep the muscles happy.
On Sunday, I hopped on for two classes in the morning, then had a nice, big pancake breakfast, and finished with another block of three classes in the evening, for a total of 3 hours, 15 minutes for the day.
It was a wise decision to break things up, and I totally see the appeal of riding shorter classes and thereby breaking up the mileage into even smaller chunks. This is a very good mental strategy that I actually employ on long runs, too. It definitely seems to make the miles fly by faster.
Overachieving seems to be the name of the game. So many of my teammates surpassed the mileage goal that they set for themselves, and so did I! I ended up with 127.2 miles for this event. I wish I could have done more rides with Tanja. While we do find time to ride together during the week, the time difference made an event like PeloFondo weekend really hard to do together.
Still, this was a lot of fun with so many friends participating, and once again, I realized that I thrive on challenges and community events like this one. I can’t wait to do it again. Congrats to everyone who pledged miles and got the work done this weekend. You all inspire me every day with your grit and dedication.
Did you participate (and overachieve) in the PeloFondo?
Or, do you want to join me next time? I’d love that.