Tour of Elk Grove Wrap-up

August 3, 2009 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Not the greatest of performances this weekend, but I was definitely racing out of my league in an elite field of professional cyclists. Also, I think the 6500 miles of driving has caught up to me. Today’s race started out OK as I was near the front and everything was smooth. But then a break went off the front without Ouch/Maxxis. Ouch began to drill it in what the announcer called the “Ouch Pain Train”. I had slid way too far back in the 100+ rider field during some of the “reshuffles” at the 180 degree turn. Eventually, every corner felt like the finishing sprint of a race just to stay on the wheel in front of me. I knew that I was about to crack and unfortunately I was about 35 riders from the back of the pack. Instead of gapping off 35 riders I decided to pull over leading into the 180 — the one place on the course where the field was bunching up and call it a day. Next year I’ll be back and racing the amateur category 1/2 version of the race!

Heartrate data for Saturday’s stage 2 road race:
Tour of Elk Grove Stage 2 Road Race

Heartrate data for Sunday’s stage 3 criterium:
Tour of Elk Grove Stage 3 Criterium

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A little bit more challenging than normal getting this angle of my bike at the cliffs today. Opposing views, top from AL-25, middle from Co Rd 41 looking towards double oak, and the last from double oak way looking back towards AL-25. Cleared it yesterday, but got stuck at this spot today. Since I was already unclipped I decided to take some pics of the trail. If anyone is interested in trying it, the current line is right, middle, left, middle.

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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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