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Alabama State Road Race – Update

It was a very exciting race, and it came down to an exciting three-up sprint which I led out, head down, 40mph (slight downhill) thinking that I had the jump to hold it to the line – but Mike Olheiser and Matt Winstead came around with less than 50 meters to go. That meant third place (bronze medal) for me. I am definitely happy with the result. Darryl Seelhorst was riding strong for his first P/1/2 race. More details (and power/hr data) to come tomorrow!

July 19, 2008 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Alabama State Road Race and Criterium Championships

We’re leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to head up to Hartselle, Alabama for the state road race. 72 miles, 4 laps of an 18 mile course. After the race we’re heading over to Guntersville, Alabama to stay with the McCrory’s whom we haven’t seen in a while so we’re looking forward to catching up with them and maybe getting to go to church with them Sunday morning … before Josiah’s first bicycle race, ever! Analise is racing, too, and then I’ll get to race at 2:00 (although my race will be a bit longer than theirs!)

July 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Take Back the Tour

If you click on “real-time”, you can watch several of the riders heart rate, power, cadence, and speed statistics in real-time. It’s pretty cool! Give it a minute or so to update itself before you first start seeing any real values.

July 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

Versus! Tour de France Stage 11

We found out yesterday that we could add Versus to our extremely cheap cable lineup for only $10/month. I am sure that it is a mistake somehow, but we now have Charter 10Meg Internet, basic digital service (channels 2-13), the discovery channel (23), and the sports package including Versus (212) for only $45/month! Anyway, I’m totally excited that Kristine and I just got to watch the finish of today’s stage live on our very own TV.

July 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

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?

Statistics:
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
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch022.html

Stage 2 – Stefan Rothe and Shawn Milne in the day's break
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch097.html

Stage 3 – Stefan winning sprint points
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch042.html

Stage 3 – Me and Mike Olheiser going hard up the climb
Photo Credit: talldoofyirish, flickr
Original URL: http://flickr.com/photos/exit17/2646182532/in/set-72157606027631280/

Stage 3 – The peleton bunches up on the climb
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch046.html

Stage 3 – Colavita Sutter Home drives the field
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch045.html

Stage 3 – Colavita Sutter Home leads onto the roller coaster road
Photo Credit: Action Images
Original URL: http://www.truesport.com/bike/2008/photos/jul/fitch048.html

Stage 4 – Mike Olheiser goes it alone to gather up sprint points to protect Stefan’s position in the sprint competition
Photo Credit: lucky3128, webshots
Original URL: http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2114030450043984782RXEgOP

Stage 4 – Mike Olheiser off the front with Harley Davidson
Photo Credit: lucky3128, webshots
Original URL: http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2181489060043984782pvIteQ

Stage 4 – The distinctive 180 degree turn at the top of the course
Photo Credit: lucky3128, webshots
Original URL: http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2638302040043984782PbbHLN

Stage 4 – Travis Sherman well positioned in the group
Photo Credit: lucky3128, webshots
Original URL: http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2740043860043984782dtUfrb

Stage 4 – Me: "how did I get back here again?"
Photo Credit: lucky3128, webshots
Original URL: http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2465548090043984782brlSWV

July 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

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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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