Archive for September, 2008

End of season training

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

2007 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 171bpm

2008 End of season training - Zone 5 starts at 175bpm

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!

September 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Tuesday World’s

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 heartrate and power data

2008-09-23 Tuesday World's training ride. Click for larger image

  1. Warm-up through Mountain Brook
  2. Ruffner Road, bridging to back of main group
  3. Ruffner Road, bridging to the fast group that was off the front
  4. Fast up the John Rogers climb
  5. The highway 78 climb
  6. Old Leeds Road sprint
  7. 6’38″ up Smyer Road all the way to the top of Smyer Circle (avg speed 16.0mph, avg power 372 watts)

September 23, 2008 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Beach training

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.

September 21, 2008 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

A couple weekends off

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

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

Beachside Villas, Seagrove Beach, Florida

September 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

Pepper Place 2008 Wrap-up

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!

Jacob Tubbs, Philip Thompson, and Sammy Flores

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 Pro/1/2/3 Podium (L-R Cleve Blackwell, Matt Winstead, Stuart Lamp (yeah Stuart!))

2008 Pepper Place Criterium Heartrate and Power data

2008 Pepper Place Criterium Heartrate and Power data

September 14, 2008 at 10:33 am 6 comments

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Quick reference stats

Anaerobic Threshold:
Power:315 watts
Heart rate:180 bpm
Maximums:
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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