Archive for June 18, 2011

Grafton Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 3

Dropped a LOT of money at the bike shop today to buy replacement pedals.

Today started out with a trip to Wheel and Sprocket – very nice bike shop based out of southeastern Wisconsin. I picked up the Speedplay pedals shown above for $352. With that fresh on my mind, I was really hoping to win some money in the race tonight at Grafton. I finished 14th last year, but this year I rode a really good race until 2 laps to go and finished out of the points and out of the money. The highlight of the race turned out to be taking 4th in the mid-race USA crits points prime. I missed the counter-move that ended up sticking even though I was right there when the move went. I was still recovering from trying to go for the prime and then being in a five-man break for a lap. I fought hard to stay towards the front, and with two laps to go I was sitting third wheel. Unfortunately I got bumped kinda hard going into Turn 5 and started losing position from there all the way to the end of the race and finished maybe in the top 40 or maybe not. Update – just saw the results – 51st. Wow, there were a lot of people in front of me.

Here is all of my power and heartrate data…
Strava map highlighting one lap of the course. Here is the link to the interactive Strava data – http://app.strava.com/rides/763664

One interesting note about the power graph below is how visible the mid-race prime and break are — particularly in terms of cadence and heartrate — much, much smoother in a break than accelerating, braking, etc… constantly in the field.
iBike power data for grafton criterium

NAME	DIST	SPEED	 POWER	   HR	   TIME
1 lap	0.8 mi	24.2 mph 310 watts 152 bpm 0:02:04
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 400 watts 163 bpm 0:01:49
1 lap	0.9 mi	27.2 mph 420 watts 162 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.0 mph 388 watts 165 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap	0.9 mi	27.0 mph 422 watts 167 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap	0.9 mi	27.2 mph 440 watts 166 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.9 mi	27.0 mph 422 watts 165 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.7 mph 419 watts 161 bpm 0:01:48
1 lap	0.8 mi	29.7 mph 440 watts 165 bpm 0:01:41
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.2 mph 403 watts 166 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.9 mi	27.0 mph 400 watts 166 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.7 mph 436 watts 163 bpm 0:01:48
1 lap	0.9 mi	26.3 mph 385 watts 160 bpm 0:01:54
1 lap	0.8 mi	29.1 mph 476 watts 166 bpm 0:01:43
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 415 watts 162 bpm 0:01:49
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.3 mph 430 watts 168 bpm 0:01:46
1 lap	0.8 mi	29.4 mph 481 watts 169 bpm 0:01:42
1 lap	0.9 mi	29.1 mph 495 watts 170 bpm 0:01:43
1 lap	0.9 mi	28.8 mph 482 watts 168 bpm 0:01:44
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 430 watts 166 bpm 0:01:45
1 lap	0.8 mi	29.1 mph 467 watts 168 bpm 0:01:43
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.7 mph 413 watts 169 bpm 0:01:48
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.0 mph 420 watts 169 bpm 0:01:47
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 412 watts 167 bpm 0:01:45
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 405 watts 168 bpm 0:01:45
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.2 mph 386 watts 176 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.7 mph 394 watts 170 bpm 0:01:48
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.3 mph 393 watts 168 bpm 0:01:46
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.7 mph 385 watts 165 bpm 0:01:52
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.0 mph 307 watts 166 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.0 mph 422 watts 167 bpm 0:01:47
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.0 mph 420 watts 171 bpm 0:01:47
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 390 watts 170 bpm 0:01:49
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.2 mph 388 watts 171 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.8 mi	29.7 mph 453 watts 173 bpm 0:01:41
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 429 watts 169 bpm 0:01:44
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 447 watts 169 bpm 0:01:44
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.2 mph 388 watts 165 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap	0.9 mi	26.3 mph 399 watts 168 bpm 0:01:54
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.0 mph 360 watts 168 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.7 mph 416 watts 174 bpm 0:01:52
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.0 mph 319 watts 170 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 434 watts 172 bpm 0:01:49
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.7 mph 379 watts 174 bpm 0:01:52
1 lap	0.8 mi	26.0 mph 412 watts 174 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 378 watts 177 bpm 0:01:49
1 lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 467 watts 184 bpm 0:01:44

Finish of the women’s race

This looks dangerous – bike swallowing railroad tracks encountered during warm-up ride (not in the race)!

June 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm Leave a comment

Thiensville Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 2

My day started out with a wonderful breakfast at the original pancake house – pecan pancakes, great coffee, and fiesta omelette

And my day ended with this – a broken speedplay pedal!

Actually, the broken pedal happened about a quarter of the way through the race, and the awesome SRAM mechanics had me up and running with replacement pedals to hop back into the race on the next lap. I was placed at the back of the pack but was able to move all the way to the front by the end of the race. There was one big wreck on the backside of the course with 3 laps to go. The course went through a couple blocks of houses with nice grassy yards which turned out to be escape routes for riders in that wreck and also when getting pushed out going into Turn #5. That is one of the visual images from the race that will stick with me — a rider going off the course and riding down a small embankment into somebody’s yard and then out the other side to hop back on the course!

A break of three escaped with about 10 laps to go in the race? I ended up 33rd which meant I was 30th in the field sprint. I fought hard for position, but cramped coming out of the last turn. I had a good wheel to draft though and was able to coast with only a few pedal strokes behind a large, fast rider to the finish. Only 9 more days of racing left!

And here are all the stats …
Strava map of the Thiensville criterium course. Interactive data available here on Strava – http://app.strava.com/rides/756346

Name  Dist   Speed    Power     HR      Time
1 lap 0.9 mi 25.6 mph 341 watts 160 bpm 0:02:06
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 450 watts 170 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 417 watts 171 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.8 mph 439 watts 172 bpm 0:01:52
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 394 watts 172 bpm 0:01:57
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 424 watts 170 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 23.9 mph 297 watts 172 bpm 0:02:15
1 lap 0.9 mi 9.8 mph  10 watts  160 bpm 0:05:30
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 430 watts 167 bpm 0:01:57
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 443 watts 169 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 440 watts 172 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 421 watts 169 bpm 0:01:54
1 lap 0.9 mi 29.3 mph 444 watts 168 bpm 0:01:50
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 421 watts 170 bpm 0:01:57
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 449 watts 168 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 452 watts 175 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.8 mph 466 watts 178 bpm 0:01:52
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 446 watts 175 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 29.0 mph 470 watts 175 bpm 0:01:51
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.0 mph 406 watts 172 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 368 watts 171 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 438 watts 167 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 29.8 mph 478 watts 178 bpm 0:01:48
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.3 mph 430 watts 171 bpm 0:01:58
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 412 watts 170 bpm 0:01:56
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 401 watts 172 bpm 0:01:57
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 429 watts 170 bpm 0:01:57
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 412 watts 170 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.4 mph 412 watts 168 bpm 0:02:02
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.0 mph 332 watts 161 bpm 0:02:04
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.4 mph 385 watts 163 bpm 0:02:02
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 390 watts 172 bpm 0:01:54
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.5 mph 425 watts 165 bpm 0:01:53
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.0 mph 428 watts 165 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 385 watts 169 bpm 0:01:59
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.2 mph 378 watts 168 bpm 0:02:03
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.3 mph 372 watts 171 bpm 0:01:58
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 369 watts 174 bpm 0:01:59
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.0 mph 389 watts 167 bpm 0:02:04
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.4 mph 371 watts 169 bpm 0:02:02
1 lap 0.9 mi 26.8 mph 398 watts 174 bpm 0:02:00
1 lap 0.9 mi 27.3 mph 435 watts 174 bpm 0:01:58
1 lap 0.9 mi 28.0 mph 426 watts 179 bpm 0:01:55
1 lap 0.9 mi 29.8 mph 481 watts 184 bpm 0:01:48

And here is my iBike power data…
iBike power data for Thiensville criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland Day 2

Finally, here is a mix of pictures from the day … some from my race and some from over four hours away in northwest Wisconsin where Kristine and the kids are enjoying a brief summer vacation in beautiful Shell Lake.

June 18, 2011 at 12:11 am 1 comment


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Anaerobic Threshold:
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Heart rate:180 bpm
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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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