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Alabama state time trial champion

From worst to first! Anybody who knows my racing knows that I usually finish towards the bottom end of the group in time trials. Today I turned that around — well, sorta … I placed third today in the 1/2/3 category but since I was the only Cat 1 from Alabama in the race, I guess that makes me the Cat 1 Alabama State Time Trial Champion. I was super happy with my time 59’05 considering I had my training front wheel and a 10-15 year old Spinergy wheel on the back of my road bike for the race.

I had two goals for the race: 1) Break 1 hour for a 40k TT 2) Determine my threshold power by recording my average power for the race. I accomplished both goals, and here are the stats:

2008 Sprott TT - Alabama State Championships

2008 Sprott TT - Alabama State Championships

A few highlights from the race and from the power data:

  1. The course was a pretty flat out/back course. Here you can see the turn-around. Note the power spike which indicates the power it takes to get started again after slowing down for the turn-around.
  2. Here you can see a dramatic drop in the average speed which is indicative of the tailwind that we had on the way out. Many people blew up on the way back in, but I just tried to keep a constant power to match what I did on the way out. Even then, I was getting tired and my average power dropped a bit on the way back in (312 watts on the way out, 301 watts on the way back in)
  3. I started out with a relatively low heart rate but it rose steadily all the way to the end, which is interesting since my average power output was dropping by the end. Any thoughts on that?

Duration: 59:07
Work: 1082 kJ
TSS: 98.4 (intensity factor 1)
Avg Power: 307
VI: 1.01
Pw:HR: 8.95%
Pa:HR: 14.17%
Distance: 24.88 mi
Elev. Gain: 157 ft
Elev. Loss: 151 ft

Min Max Avg
Power: 0 776 305 watts
Heart Rate: 119 191 180 bpm
Cadence: 41 106 89 rpm
Speed: 0 29.5 25.0 mph
Altitude: 489 535 511 ft
Crank Torque: 0 1028 291 lb-in

My teammates did well in the race. Wes Douglas smoked it with a time of 57’50” easily winning the Cat 3 championship and having the 2nd fastest overall time for the day. I was next and Lennie Moon was just 3 seconds behind me for fourth. Darryl Seelhorst was riding really well (on pace for sub 57′) until bad luck caught up to him again with a flat rear tire only 4 miles from the end. Kevin White got 2nd place in the Masters division rolling one of the top times of the day as well. Philip Thompson (Eddy Merckx style with no aero equipment) and Faris Malki both had good rides, too.

July 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm 6 comments

July racing update

Fitchburg-Longsjo was an awesome experience at the beginning of the month. Tomorrow is the Alabama state time trial championships in Sprott, Alabama. Table-top flat and I am looking to get some good time trial training and establish a base level for a 40k time trial since this will be my first one. I am hoping to break one hour, but I am going to focus more on riding a steady effort all the way to the end.

Next weekend is the Alabama state road race and criterium championships up in north Alabama. I am looking for a good result there and a chance to visit friends of ours in the area. Then I am planning on heading to Sylacauga for the Bull’s Gap time trial, which was my very first road cycling event 15 years ago! That takes us through the end of July.

August is going to be super exciting with the Tour de Elk Grove 1/2 amateur stage race with $55,000 prize money as the beginning of the month, and then an awesome regional stage race in Chattanooga (River Gorge) at the end of the month.

July 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Photos

Update: Unfortunately, I had to remove these pictures because of copyright issues. Oh well. As a substitute, you can hover over any of the links and WordPress will automatically display a preview of the picture.

I think the pictures (follow the links) tell a pretty good story about how the race played out starting with a driving rainstorm for the last few time trial riders; Colavita-Sutter Home at the front driving the field in several of the races; Stefan Rothe winning sprint points; Mike Olheiser riding off the front in the crit; and lots of great racing. Enjoy!

Stage 1 – TT, last riders in the rain
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Stage 2 – Stefan Rothe and Shawn Milne in the day's break
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Stage 3 – Stefan winning sprint points
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Stage 3 – Me and Mike Olheiser going hard up the climb
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Stage 3 – The peleton bunches up on the climb
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Stage 3 – Colavita Sutter Home drives the field
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Stage 3 – Colavita Sutter Home leads onto the roller coaster road
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Stage 4 – Mike Olheiser goes it alone to gather up sprint points to protect Stefan’s position in the sprint competition
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Stage 4 – Mike Olheiser off the front with Harley Davidson
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Stage 4 – The distinctive 180 degree turn at the top of the course
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Stage 4 – Travis Sherman well positioned in the group
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Stage 4 – Me: "how did I get back here again?"
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July 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

Stage 4 – Downtown Fitchburg Criterium, 2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic

Quick summary: 71st, s.t as winner, moved up to 55th in the general classification, 8 minutes down on the leader. Finished my first NRC stage race!

The stats: Heart rate (157 avg, 180 max), Speed (27.8 avg, 37.0 max), Cadence (88 avg, 138 max), Power (340 avg, 862 max), Climbing (1857′), Time (1:51:25), Distance (51.2 miles)

The details: I wasn’t sure how my legs would be feeling today, but the race wasn’t too bad. It was hard to move around and fight for position, but I felt like I got some more good practice doing it. I tried to help out on one of the early sprint laps and made it up to the Colavita-Sutter Home train but I wasn’t sure what to do then and there were already some guys off the front so I just faded back into the pack.

The rest of the race I tried to move up/surf around but not with much luck. I did make it up to the top 30 towards the end of the race, but that was about as far as I could move up. The last few laps were crazy as there were a few wrecks that you had to dodge. I came to a complete stop for one of them but was able to catch back on to the back of the pack and then move up far enough to finish 71st for the day which moved me up to 55th overall.

I am very satisfied with how the race turned out and thankful to Stephen Collins for funding the trip and Mike Olheiser for inviting me to guest ride with them. For the overall, Stefan Rothe held onto 2nd in the points competition, but Mike slipped to 11th on GC because of a poor decision by the officials to give a Healthnet rider the same time as the winner yesterday even though they crashed farther out than 3k to go (approx 4k to go). Here is my HR data:

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Stage 4 Criterium

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Stage 4 Criterium

  1. Trying to move up for Stefan
  2. Pretty low heart rate, but still difficult to move
  3. Start of the finishing laps
  4. Speed drops to zero trying to dodge wreck
  5. Finals two laps

July 8, 2008 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Stage 3 – Fitchburg State College Circuit Race – 2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic

Quick summary: 53rd, “the ramp”, “the roller coaster”, moved up to 60th in the GC

The stats: Power (348 avg / 800 max), Heart Rate (158 avg / 179 max), Speed (27.8 avg / 41 max), Cadence (85 avg / 123 max), Climbing (3196′), 72 miles (2:35:25)

The details: I was a little nervous about this race because I got dropped from it pretty early in 1998 when I was racing with the pros as a college student. We raced the same exact course as we did back then, but this year I was able to hang with the pack which dwindled each lap until there was only about 50. Mike Olheiser was able to lead Stefan Rothe out for several of the intermediate sprints moving him solidly into second place in the points competition. Mike got boxed in at the finish and wasn’t able to move up but still finished with the front group. With a few crashes and people getting spit off the back, Mike moved up a couple spots to 10th in the GC.

The race wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be, probably thanks in part to the feed zone, but it was still amazingly fast — 27.8 mph for just over 2 and a half hours. I staged at the designated area, first in line thinking that I was going to get a great start. Unfortunately, half the field knew that there would be no punishment for going to the real start line and jumping in as soon as the course was clear. So I started not in the first row, nor the second, but rather the 6th row about halfway back in the peleton. By the circuit’s long descent, I had moved close enough to the front to attack off the front so that I could cruise up the climb on the first lap. I had a decent gap, but the group was moving faster and I wound up towards the back of the group by the top of the climb. The next lap was tough until a break got up the road without Colavita Sutter Home. They moved to the front and set tempo for the next 50 miles or so gradually bringing the break back.

After the first few insane laps, I got into a good rhythm on the climb always making sure to carry some momentum into the bottom of it no matter where I found myself in the pack. I also made sure to be in my little chain ring before the bottom of the climb so that there was no chance of dropping my chain — which lots of people did and quickly found themselves off the back of the group. I was nervous about the top of the climb which had a 90 degree corner followed by a flat section, then a downhill onto the “roller coaster” (which I’ll describe in a minute). I thought that the pace would be insane across this section, but the feedzone was positioned there and I think that caused enough confusion to keep people from hitting the afterburners until the start of the downhill. But the afterburners were definitely hit on every lap, starting with “the ramp” that marked the start of the “roller coaster”.

What am I talking about? The “ramp” was a one foot paved angled drop from one section of pavement to another section of pavement that stretched across the entire road. This marked the start of “the roller coaster” — an extremely fast slight downhill that had a 90 degree righthand turn towards the beginning, then a very bumpy road with a gradual lefthand bend. We would hit between 35-37mph on almost EVERY lap. It was hang on to the wheel in front of you for dear life, single-file, until you hit a gradual climb marking the end of “the roller coaster”. At the top of the gradual climb, we made another 90 degree turn and the start of the circuit’s primary downhill which today was into a slight headwind. At the bottom of this downhill, a 90 degree turn put you immediately onto the steep climb to the finish.

With two laps to go, I was caught in a group of about 25 gapped off the back. I helped a smaller group of about 10 emerge from this and bridge back up to the pack which had dwindled to maybe 75. Then the same thing happened on the last lap accept this time, I wasn’t able to bridge back on. I finished at the front of the first main group behind the pack 1 minute back from the winner in 53rd.

Here is my HR and power data:

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Stage 3 Circuit Race

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Stage 3 Circuit Race

  1. My attack off the front on the first lap
  2. A little bit easier while Colavita was riding “tempo” at the front
  3. Getting harder here
  4. Gapped off, chase back on with 2 laps to go
  5. Last lap!

July 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm 3 comments

Stage 2 – Wachusett Mountain Road Race, 2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic

Quick summary: 77th, 3 minutes and 48 seconds behind today’s winner, which moved up 45 spots in the general classification to 82nd, about 6 minutes 45 seconds back from the overall leader

The stats: 104 miles, 24.2mph, 306 watts avg power, 150 bpm avg heart rate, nearly 8000′ of climbing!, 4:18:05

The details: Whew. Hard race. 9 laps of a hilly 11.5 mile circuit followed by a 3k climb to the finish. Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy descent where I maxed out at over 60mph! My stats show 59.3, but that is at 5 second intervals, I know I topped out over 60. Several other people in the race registered in the mid 60s for a top speed — and we did that descent 8 times!

First, the race was a little crazy because there were a lot of us and the officials were half-heartedly trying to enforce the yellow line rule. NRC races are not supposed to have a yellow-line rule for road races! There was one rough stretch of pavement, but mostly the roads were a ton better than the TT course yesterday. The first lap was fast and I did the climb at the front of the group. The second lap was also fast, but I started out nearer to the back of the group for that climb. The next five laps were not as fast with my teammate Stefan Rothe up the road with Shawn Milne (Team Type I). Then on the eighth lap I got caught on the backside of a major split in the peleton. I helped chase back onto the group by the bottom of the major downhill. The same thing happened again on the last lap except this time the peleton split roughly in half, and I was in the first chase group of about 10 riders on the wrong side of the split. We nearly caught back up right at the bottom of the finishing climb. A lot of people from the peleton had given up so I passed about 10 people on the finishing climb, but I also eased up towards the top to try to save my legs some for tomorrow’s tough circuit race.

The team had a great race with Mike Olheiser taking the first KOM sprint and then placing 12th overall for the day. Stefan Rothe got into a breakaway with Shawn Milne and was away for over 5 laps (55 miles) before flatting and falling back to the field. Everyone else stayed with the main field until the last climb when everything shattered.

Ok, that’s about it for tonight. Here’s my heart rate and power data along with my stats each time up the circuit climb and the last time up the finishing climb:

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Road Race (Stage 2)

2008 Fitchburg-Longsjo Road Race (Stage 2)

  1. First and second time up the climb were very hard
  2. Max speed of over 60 mph!
  3. Chasing back onto the group after getting gapped off on the feedzone climb
  4. Chasing again nearly onto the back of the pack before the start of the finishing climb
  5. The finishing climb – absolutely beautiful view from the very top of the ski resort mountain. Breathtaking wilderness view.

July 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm Leave a comment

Stage 2 – Wachusett Mountain Road Race Quick Update

Somewhere in the top 75, maybe top 60. Mike Olheiser made it into the top 10, and Stefan Rothe was in a 5 lap breakaway (55 miles) with Shawn Milne (Team Type I). Good race. More details soon!

July 4, 2008 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

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I left the house just under 30 hours ago and ridden 311 miles with well over 32,000 feet of climbing (the ibike under reports gain even more than the 1000). Easiest climb to get home. Plus my dead Garmin 800 still crashes every time I try to boot it up, presumably trying to load the in-progress #everesting 237 miles and 28,000 feet in. Thankfully I was using my Garmin 1000 to silence all the doubters who question the accuracy of my 800 and somehow trust the 1000 data because it's lower and that somehow makes it more accurate. Does anyone know how I can retrieve the file? Summit #everesting #fizik #stravaproveit just before the manatees.

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Anaerobic Threshold:
Power:315 watts
Heart rate:180 bpm
Power:1097 watts (5s)
Heart rate:198 bpm (5s)
AT power estimated by critical power curve in Golden Cheetah, which predicts I should be able to maintain 315 watts for 1 hour.

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