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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

Shorewood Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 1

Today was the first day of the Tour of America’s Dairyland, 11 consecutive days of racing all over southeastern Wisconsin. First, the thing that probably amazed me most about today … I had to wear arm warmers and the temperature dropped into the 50s by the end of the race. Keep in mind that summer is supposed to start in a few days! Here is a picture of the temperature after the race:

59 degrees by the end of the race … at the beginning of summer???

Annotated map of the race. Here is the Strava link – http://app.strava.com/rides/750355

SHOREWOOD CRITERIUM - STRAVA LAP DATA
Name 	Dist 	Speed 	Power 	   HR 	   Time 
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.3 mph 378 watts 163 bpm 0:02:57
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 412 watts 173 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 438 watts 178 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 441 watts 179 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 423 watts 179 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 417 watts 182 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 431 watts 179 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.8 mph 429 watts 177 bpm 0:02:48
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 413 watts 180 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 405 watts 178 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 438 watts 178 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 417 watts 175 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.0 mph 458 watts 177 bpm 0:02:41
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 443 watts 175 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 420 watts 172 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 418 watts 177 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.1 mph 388 watts 174 bpm 0:02:52
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.8 mph 404 watts 174 bpm 0:02:48
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.9 mph 409 watts 174 bpm 0:02:47
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 415 watts 174 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 423 watts 174 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.8 mph 399 watts 171 bpm 0:02:54
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.7 mph 465 watts 173 bpm 0:02:37
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.9 mph 410 watts 175 bpm 0:02:47
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.3 mph 450 watts 182 bpm 0:02:39
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.2 mph 371 watts 179 bpm 0:02:58
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.0 mph 379 watts 176 bpm 0:02:53
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 396 watts 181 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 437 watts 180 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 452 watts 180 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 474 watts 183 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	30.3 mph 446 watts 187 bpm 0:02:34

And now for the race report, the course was a classic four-corner rectangular course with a chicane shortly after Turn #3. The road between Turns #1 and #2 was really rough. There were cracks, bumps, manhole covers, and more along the entire road. There was one bump high enough to launch you (and your bike) a few inches off the ground. I went over it a lot because it was one of the places to pass people. The rest of the course was pretty good pavement except for dips and bumps around manhole covers.

I started towards the front of the group and fought hard to stay there. I was a little tentative since this was my first criterium after my bad wreck at Sandy Springs. I decided to stay on the inside of all corners to maximize safety even if it meant having to accelerate hard out of corners. Still, there were a few close calls including one near-miss where the rider in front of me slammed on his brakes hard enough to lift the rear of his bike a couple feet off the ground essentially doing a reverse wheelie on his front wheel. I thought for sure he was going down and taking me with him, but he kept it upright.

Towards the end of the race, I was able to move all the way up to the very front. I think people were getting tired. With 3 laps to go, I got a bit swarmed though and never could move back up to the front. I fought to maintain my position and then passed a bunch of people at the end who had sat up. I’m hoping I squeezed into the top 30, although points were only awarded 20 deep. There is always tomorrow!

Here is my iBike power data:

This race was in Shorewood, Wisconsin – a northern suburb of Milwaukee. Beautiful town right along Lake Michigan. Check out the pics below:

June 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

One more ride in Nicaragua – to the beach!

I went for one more ride here in Nicaragua yesterday before a day full of very productive meetings talking about the future and vision of Nuevas Esperanzas. The ride started out through the one-way streets of downtown Leon before heading out on the main boulevard which was being repaved when we were last here in 2009. The road is absolutely amazing two and a half years later. There were many horse-drawn carts coming to town and horse riders so the only really challenge was avoiding the horse droppings that were sometimes hard to distinguish from mud washed onto the road during the heavy downpours the night before. The terrain was gently sloping on the way out of town, but then became much more rolling as you approached the coast. The volcanoes were visible through the nearby trees and plantations rising up above low lying clouds.

Strava map of the ride showing the line of volcanoes. And here is a link to an interactive map of the ride with elevation data: http://app.strava.com/rides/702182

Check out the pictures from the ride below … if some of the images below look blurry, click on them for a full-resolution image!

Volcan San Cristobal and Volcan Casitas – the highest volcano in Nicaragua (San Cristobal) and the volcano which triggered a devastating mudslide during Hurricane Mitch wiping out entire villages

Two more volcanoes in Nicaragua’s portion of the ring of fire

A beach road at Poneloya

The beautiful Nicaraguan coast on the Pacific Ocean

June 9, 2011 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Volcan Telica, Nicaragua

Post ride covered in tiny bugs similar to gnats that dissolve and die on contact!

Fun ride today out over the small hump of the volcano ridge line near Volcan Telica. The bike rode beautifully except for the bottom bracket and cranks coming loose towards the end. I didn’t have a camera with me, but there were tons of visual images that I’ll recount stream of consciousness style here …

* Roads were nearly empty with it being a Sunday morning and so few people owning cars. Every 10-15 minutes, I would get passed by a loaded bus who would honk well in advance of passing as well as giving you plenty of space on the wide open road. There were a few cars in between, particularly closer into town.

* So many modes of transporation: people were walking, riding bikes, several people riding on the same bike, motorcycles, several people on the same motorcycle, people pushing motorcycles, horseback (raced one horse), horse-drawn carts, school buses (local buses), microbuses (small vans that travel larger distances non-stop), a few eighteen wheelers, a few cars, and one or two taxis.

* The volcano hillsides were so green (we usually visit in the dry season, but it is the middle of the rainy season right now — speaking of which, it is thunderstorming right now as I write this)

* Steam and possibly ash coming from Volcan Telica made for quite a sight

* Porcupine, skunk, rabbit, and snake caution signs … gotta watch out for those rabbits!

* “Hasta America?” – I was asked by one person waiting for a bus …

Here is the Strava map and a link to the complete Strava data: http://app.strava.com/rides/680069
Strava map showing my route betwen the volcanoes

Chocolate milk in a bag – the perfect recovery drink

June 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm Leave a comment

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