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Tour of Elk Grove – 1/2 Stage 2

Quick summary: 18th today, 17th for the GC
The details: Coming later today (we just got in from our 12 hour drive back home)

August 4, 2008 at 4:30 am Leave a comment

Tour of Elk Grove – 1/2 Stage 1 Power/Heartrate data

Some interesting statistics from the race yesterday:

Data Value Unit
Duration 1:46:55
Sampling Rate 5 s
Cycling Efficiency 24.9 %

Number of Heart Beats 17655 beats
Minimum Heart Rate 115 bpm
Average Heart Rate 165 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 189 bpm
Standard Deviation 8.8 bpm

Minimum Speed 12.1 mph
Average Speed 27.6 mph
Maximum Speed 38.7 mph
Distance 49.1 miles
Odometer 1798 miles

Minimum Cadence 38 rpm
Average Cadence 86 rpm
Maximum Cadence 116 rpm
Coasting Time 0:04:00 (3.7 %)
Coasting Distance 1.5 miles (3.0 %)

Minimum Altitude 505 ft
Average Altitude 522 ft
Maximum Altitude 538 ft
Ascent 49 ft
Descent 102 ft
VAM 27 ft/h

Minimum Power 5 Watts
Average Power 315 Watts
Average Power (0 W incl.) 295 Watts
Maximum Power 850 Watts
Pedaling Index Average 19 %
Pedaling Index Maximum 49 %
Left Right Balance Average L53 – 47R Left – Right
Left Right Balance Maximum L89 – 11R Left – Right

Here’s the graph of the data:

2008 Tour of Elk Grove Stage 1

2008 Tour of Elk Grove Stage 1

  1. Attacking to bridge to a small (short-lived) break
  2. One lap before they called the $500 halfway prime, I went with one of the best looking breaks of the day. We stayed away for almost two laps getting caught right at the prime sprint. I was still fresh enough to go with the counter-move but that didn’t last very long.
  3. Working hard to keep position at the end of the race leading into the final sprint.

Here is the data for the finishing sprint:

2008 Tour of Elk Grove - Stage 1 Finishing Sprint

2008 Tour of Elk Grove - Stage 1 Finishing Sprint

  1. The first of the four finishing corners
  2. The second corner
  3. The third corner
  4. The fourth corner
  5. The final sprint

August 3, 2008 at 8:39 am 1 comment

Tour of Elk Grove – 1/2 Stage Race

Quick summary: 15th place, 101 starters, 86 finishers.
The details: Fast, flat race with lots of crashes. I was in a couple of ill-fated moves, and it certainly looked like we were heading for a field sprint. I fought for good position most of the race but somehow managed to be at the wrong place for all the time bonus sprints and primes. Towards the last two laps, I made sure to attack up the side any time the pace slowed just to keep my position in the group. Also in the last two laps a move got away right after a $500 prime. I was in the front and watched it go thinking there was no way it would stay away — well, it must have had just the right composition because the field didn’t chase right away and the group of four just barely managed to stay away to the end. Meanwhile, back in the pack I was fighting for position and attacked hard up the right-hand side just as there was a surge. We reached the technical part of the course (four 90 degree turns in a row) and the pace was close to 30 mph going into the first corner, accelerated hard out of each corner but still lost some positions in each of the corners so that I had slid back into maybe the top 20 or 25. Coming out of the last corner, I jumped as hard as I could and was making up some ground on the lefthand side in the sprint when the main body of the sprint moved left and the lefthand curb appeared to move to the right (maybe not but that’s what it felt like). The sprint was very umm physical with bouncing and bumping – 50 meters from the line, I got hit from the left and from the right at the same time but luckily we all stayed upright and I came across the line 11th in the sprint, 15th for the race (with the 4 guys from the break finishing just ahead of the sprint). Ok, too tired to post any more tonight, but I’ll upload power/heart rate data tomorrow.

August 2, 2008 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Tour of Elk Grove – Stage 1

This was a pro-only stage, so I didn’t race today. Still, I drove part of the way to Elk Grove and then biked the rest of the way so that I could watch a few of the pros and warm up the legs. I was very surprised by the roads (much better condition and much less traffic than I was expecting). This really is a beautiful part of Chicago. I was really surprised, beautiful roads and land out here just west of the Chicago O’Hare airport. Here’s a map of the route I took:

Biking in the western Chicago suburbs

Biking in the western Chicago suburbs

The pros were racing a 4.5 mile prologue time trial that overlapped with part of the circuit race course that I’ll be racing tomorrow. Fast and flat, the results showed a lot of people including Matt Winstead, within 20 seconds of the lead. Check out the results.

August 1, 2008 at 10:27 pm 2 comments

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Quick reference stats

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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