It’s hard to know what to do here at the end of the season. Last year I had my best races of the year at the Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic, but that was after 4 weeks without racing – just training. It doesn’t help that at the beginning of this season, I bumped up the start of my zone 5 heartrate by 4 beats. So the graphs below showing my weekly training summary (time in hours) from last year and this year aren’t exactly comparing apples to apples:
2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm
2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm
Any thoughts on how to maintain form for criterium racing all the way until October? One potential problem that I run into is that this is absolutely my most favorite time of year to ride, and yet I have a feeling that to maintain good form I should cut down my hours on the bike and increase the intensity!
Great ride tonight at Tuesday World’s. This is Birmingham’s weekly fast-paced ride that winds its way through Homewood, Mountain Brook, and Irondale. Lots of folks out there, even this late in the season!
2008-09-23 Tuesday World's training ride. Click for larger image
- Warm-up through Mountain Brook
- Ruffner Road, bridging to back of main group
- Ruffner Road, bridging to the fast group that was off the front
- Fast up the John Rogers climb
- The highway 78 climb
- Old Leeds Road sprint
- 6’38” up Smyer Road all the way to the top of Smyer Circle (avg speed 16.0mph, avg power 372 watts)
I just got back from a very fun beach vacation that included two great days of training with my teammate Lennie. The roads there are pretty flat, but you do notice the little rollers when you are trying to maintain 25-28mph with a tailwind or 20-23mph into a headwind! 110 miles over two days in just over 5 hours total riding. The steady intensity adds up with an average power reading of 270 watts today for a 2 hour 17 minute ride and 263 watts yesteray for a 2 hour 47 minute ride.
We’re heading to the beach this weekend with Lennie and his family. It’s going to be fun, but I am hoping to get in at least one long easier paced ride, maybe even riding part of the way back to Birmingham on Sunday before Kristine picks me up. No matter what, I am definitely not racing this weekend or next. Only two more race weekends left!
Saul Raisin’s Raisin Hope / Tour the Town Criterium on October 5th. Then the Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic the following weekend October 11th-12th. Then that’s it!
This weekend … check it out – we are going to the beach! Here’s a map from Birmingham to Seagrove Beach, Florida where we will be staying.
Birmingham to Seagrove Beach, Florida
We are taking our bike trailer because we are close to some very cool bike paths so we want to take the kids on a ride. I think we are going to take a bike for Kristine, too, so this will be the first time she has been on bike since UC Davis!
Beachside Villas, Seagrove Beach, Florida
Wow, it was a great fun evening with my team taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd (Philip Thompson, Jacob Tubbs, and Sammy Flores) in the Category 3 race and then taking 3rd and 4th (Stuart Lamp and Darryl Seelhorst) in the Pro race. There were a lot of attacks but nothing was getting away. Each guy in the team including me made it into some breaks and worked hard to try to control the group. In the end, Stuart initiated a move with two or three laps to go that Matt Winstead and Cleve Blackwell bridged up to. Stuart held on for a strong 3rd place finish and Darryl took the field sprint for 4th place. I got a little confused and thought there was one more lap to go so my finish wasn’t that great, but it doesn’t matter because overall we had an awesome night!
My teammates sweep the Cat 3 Race! Left to right: Jacob Tubbs, Philip Thompson, and Sammy Flores
2008 Pepper Place Criterium Pro/1/2/3 Podium (L-R Cleve Blackwell, Matt Winstead, Stuart Lamp (yeah Stuart!))
2008 Pepper Place Criterium Heartrate and Power data
We just got back from the afternoon kids races, and we’ll be heading back later this evening for the later races including the one I’ll be racing at 8:45pm. Here’s some pictures from the afternoon:
Analise and Josiah after the 2008 Pepper Place 6 and under kids race.
Analise (and the hedgehog in the basket) warming up before the race.
Analise, Josiah, and Kristine at the start line
Analise took off and rode the fastest she has ever in a race. She actually ended up passing a few of those kids on her right!
Josiah did well, too, with a little help from Kristine. He was actually pedaling! Usually we have a hard time just getting him to keep his feet on the pedals while Kristine pushes.
The podium: Analise, Josiah, and the hedgehog!
Get ready Birmingham for some fast racing this Saturday night! I want a lot of people to be there to cheer everyone on so I’m going to start out with the quick details and directions to the race.
Check out the official 2008 Pepper Place Race Flyer online.
Saturday, September 13, 2008 – 8:45 PM
My race is at 8:45pm and it will last about an hour. Lennie Moon (along with several other of my teammates) is racing my race as well as a race earlier in the evening at 6:30pm. There are kids races even earlier in the day at 2:00pm. Analise and Josiah are both going to race! Former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis will be at the races and making guest appearances throughout the night.
The address of a good place to park is:
2817 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
From 280 at the Summit, head west towards Birmingham
Follow 280 onto Red Mountain Expressway into downtown Birmingham
Exit 280 at the 3rd/4th Avenue South exit (maybe 1/2 mile past St. Vincents Hospital)
At the end of the ramp, turn left onto 27th St
Turn right onto 2nd Ave South
The race course will be immediately in front of you
Look for parking on the street on 2nd Ave, 28th St, or any of the parking lots nearby
A large (hopefully!) group of my friends and family will be on the corner of 2nd Ave and 28th St.
2008 Pepper Place Criterium (Click on the picture for a larger map)
2007 Pepper Place - Analise's first race
2007 Pepper Place - Hoping to improve on my 10th place finish last year.