Archive for July 31, 2009

Tour of Elk Grove – Stage 1 Time Trial

After a nice relaxing afternoon at Panera, it was time to ramp it up for the time trial. I wasn’t feeling great during my warm-up, but I was able to get my heart rate and speed up and I have finally made the timecut in a professional NRC time trial race! Here’s my heart rate data:
Tour of Elk Grove Heartrate data

July 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm 1 comment

Tour of Elk Grove – Prerace 2

No pressure for me on this race as it is coming near the end of a very long family road trip. I’m here to have fun, hopefully win a little bit of money, enjoy hanging out with our friends here in the Chicago area, and get more experience for future racing. Here’s a map of our trip so far … only one more leg to go (from Chicago to La Porte, IN and then on back home to sweet home Alabama!)

Summer trip Mercy Ships, Las Vegas, Davis, Cascades, Elk Grove

July 31, 2009 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Tour of Elk Grove – Prerace

What do you get when you mix a professional bike race with a Panera located just a few blocks away — a hilarious mix of shaved legs, compression tights, team cars, and young 20-something men surfing the free wireless internet with their laptops. I just finished picking up my packet and then headed over to Panera for a pre-race meal. I have seen no less than five different teams represented with the latest being Champion-Porsche. I also got to say hi to Matt Winstead (a fellow Alabamian) riding for Team Inferno. Also represented in Panera — Mountain Khakis, Rock Racing and myself TriaMarket/DonohooAuto.com. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be eligible for this race with an amateur/cat 1 license — but I’ve been given the all clear and I’m excited about the time trial starting in a few hours. The word from one of the volunteers at packet pick-up was 115 pre-registered, and 25 no-shows so far. I would expect that would equate to about a field of 100 riders — much larger than last year, but still a much more manageable number than the 185 at Cascades!

July 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Tour of Elk Grove

Today is the start of the 3-stage Tour of Elk Grove with over $152,000 prize money. I am hoping to crack the Top 25 on stages 2 and 3 to help pay for our trip in addition to the generous sponsorships I have received. With the overall GC likely to be separated by less than a minute largely determined by today’s 4.5 mile time trial, I do not have any GC ambitions unless I can sneak into an unexpected break tomorrow or Sunday. The field here is sure to be very strong with Chris Horner from Astana as well as strong teams from Kelly-Benefits, Rock Racing, Bissell, Jelly Belly, and maybe BMC?

July 31, 2009 at 11:20 am Leave a comment


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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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