LET’S DO THIS!
Ok, so you’ve signed up for the Beach Babe Ride & Half Marathon. Now what? You’ve got that goal set, which is the biggest challenge; now we just break it down into little goals so you can cross the finish line in style and in time!
You will need to maintain a certain speed to finish feeling good and have the most fun being a beach babe. Track your pace with an odometer for your bike (look at the ones we love in our store) and if you are running, you can use your Fitbit, Polar Heartrate monitor, MapMyRun, or other programs that calculate your speed. Once you know how fast you are going, check out the pace chart below to estimate your finish time. Remember, you have 3.5 hours to complete the half marathon (a 16:10 pace, about a fast walk) and 5.5 hours to complete the 38 mile bike ride (11mph speed on the odometer). This does not include rest times to stop and enjoy the refreshments at Seal Beach & Huntington Beach on the bike course, so pace yourself accordingly.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE BEHIND SCHEDULE
If you are running the half marathon and you are sure you will not be able to make it back to the finish within 3 hours and 30 minutes, you will know that because your average pace will be higher than 16:10 minutes per mile. The course for the most part is out and back, so you can turn around early – but our system will detect you did not finish the entire course and register your results as DNF (Did Not Finish). Not to worry, you can ride back to the finish by grabbing one of our Bike Share cruisers at the bike docking stations along the bike/run path.
If you are riding your bike and think you will not make it back to the finish on time to enjoy the catered lunch and receive your finisher’s gift, you will know that because your average speed on your odometer will be below 11 miles per hour. If you are traveling back from Huntington Beach, there is a fun option to cut 9 miles off the course and be delivered to the finish line, bike and all. It’s called the Aqualink Water Taxi and it departs from the border of Seal Beach & Long Beach at Alamitos Bay Landing. Cost is $5 and they have a bike rack on board for your bike.
Reserve a bike from BikeShare
Ride the Aqualink with your bike back to the finish! Departure times here.
TRAINING GROUPS WE LOVE
We know it takes time to find a good training group or to find an “accountability buddy” to get those training sessions in. We’ve listed a few for you to consider joining to get you ready for the Beach Babe Ride & Half Marathon.
Long Beach TRIBE
Although it seems these folks are primarily interested in triathlon, it’s really a collection of running, cycling, and swimming workouts in one integrated calendar. Join Long Beach TRIBE or simply show up at a workout and enjoy training with a ready-made group of fitness-loving locals. Check out the calendar by clicking on the graphic below.
Jax Bicycles has several locations in SoCal and offers organized bike rides on weekends as well as clinics and a bike blue book program to trade in your old bike for one you love. Check out their calendar by clicking on the graphic below.
If your club would like to be ambassadors to get the word out about our female-focused rides, please contact us at info(at)CaliforniaGirlSeries.com or call (916) 705-3443.