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BBL Wrap-up plus Huntsville Climbing

This weekend was quite the kicker of a way to end the training season and dive headlong into racing season … starting next weekend with the southern cross race. Here’s a quick look at what I believe I’ll be racing the next few weeks:

Feb 16 - southern cross (mtb)
Feb 17 - gsmr training race #1
Feb 24 - gsmr training race #2
Mar 3 - gsmr training race #3
Mar 10 - rouge roubaix
Mar 16-17 - union city (crit, rr)
Mar 23 - hell of the south

Yesterday was an epic 102 mile day with BBL with four attack zones and koms, adventuresome climb up bass pro cement road (close to 35% gradient), and followed up by more climbing with Mark through Mountain Brook and Vestavia. Today, Kristine was working up in Huntsville so I tagged along to do some riding/climbing up in Huntsville.

First, the scoop on today’s ride up in Huntsville … Kristine was working her admin assistant job for the army reserve center up in Huntsville, so I decided to tag along to try to get a good long climbing ride exploring some new climbs and putting in a couple hard KOM efforts on others. I ended up falling a few seconds short on the Monte Sano climb (kudos Mark) but taking the Hawk’s Nest one. Here’s a view from the top of monte sano looking back down torwards Huntsville with the space and rocket center visible in the background (look for the tall white rocket).

View of downtown Huntsville and the Space and Rocket center from the top of Monte SanoView of downtown Huntsville and the Space and Rocket center from the top of Monte Sano (click to enlarge and read the annotations)

At this point in the ride, the temp had climbed into the mid 50s with a few clouds and even a little bit of sun. After exploring another Cat 3 climb on the Monte Sano ridge line, I headed down 431 towards Keel and the super steep Blowing Cave climb. As I approached Keel, it started to rain a bit off and on but nothing heavy or steady. By the top of the Blowing Cave climb, though, it was starting to rain a little more frequently so that by the time I had turned around and climbed Keel from the backside and then descend on the frontside it was pouring … and the temp was down into the 40s … and I had shorts and short finger gloves on. I immediately decided to cut out a huge chunk of the ride … Woodville to Skyline (Cat 2) … and trade it for an additional climb up Keel. This worked out well because the additional climbs up Keel kept me warm enough so that I wasn’t hypothermic for the descent down Blowing Cave.

That descent was insane in the heavy rain and cold. I knew I couldn’t get up too much speed because there would be no way to brake hard enough and turn without sliding out. Still, the super steep section towards the bottom (20% avg for 0.3 miles) I outran my brakes and had to negotiate some of the turns at much higher speed than I felt comfortable doing. By the bottom, I was frigid but thankful I hadn’t fallen and that I could start hammering again to try to generate body heat. Fortunately, I had a nice tailwind for a large part of the next ride so I was able to crush the 53×11 to a gas station near 4 mile post rd (east side of cecil ashburn). I spent a while warming up in the gas station drinking $1.09 ($1.18 with tax) 20 oz cappuccino before braving the cold rain again. Absolutely freezing and even with a tailwind and a Cat 3 climb, I still almost crashed coming down Cecil Ashburne with speed wobble because I was shivering so badly! Fortunately, once I made it to the bottom again, there was an awesome tailwind, a lot of open road, and a lot of green lights. I arrived back at the armory sooner than expected. As soon as I stopped riding, though, and my heartrate dropped I got so cold that I was shivering again uncontrollably for a good 5 minutes until I had warmed up in the car in the parking lot with the seat warmer on and heat blasting at 90 degF. Here’s pic of the conditions (it had been raining hard for the last 35 miles of my ride) at the armory after I had stopped shivering enough to get a picture:

Warming up in the car at the reserve center after the ride while Kristine is working. Very cold rain for the last 35 miles of the ride.Warming up in the car at the reserve center after the ride while Kristine is working. Very cold rain for the last 35 miles of the ride.

Here’s the iBike data from the ride and from some of the popular Huntsville climbs…

Summary of all climbs listed below
                                  Dist     Avg% Max%  Gain
Bankhead 4-way stop (Monte Sano)  3.63 mi  4.98 12.0  990 ft
Big Cove - Governor's Bend        2.07 mi  6.57 23.3  786 ft
Blowing Cave Wall (Keel Mtn)      0.30 mi 19.91 26.8  309 ft
Blowing Cave Complete (Keel Mtn)  3.83 mi  4.49 26.8 1050 ft
Keel Backside (north) (Keel Mtn)  1.55 mi 11.20 17.4  895 ft
Keel Frontside (south) (Keel Mtn) 1.88 mi  9.39 25.2  897 ft
Cecil Ashburne (east)             2.02 mi  5.47 12.6  582 ft
Bankhead from 4-way stop (Monte Sano)
Dist:        3.63 mi (0:15:38)
Climbing:     990 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power      46  326.4   684  W
Speed     9.5   14.0  27.4  mi/h
Slope    -4.0   4.98  12.0  %
HR        142  170.0   182  bpm
NP:332W IF:1.13 TSS:33 VI:1.02
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 7:59 AM
48 degF; 990 mbar
Big Cove - Governor's Bend (Monte Sano)
Dist:        2.07 mi (0:14:21)
Climbing:     786 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  243.1   420  W
Speed     3.9    8.7  23.6  mi/h
Slope    -6.0   6.57  23.3  %
HR        119  139.1   150  bpm
NP:261W IF:0.88 TSS:19 VI:1.07
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 8:52 AM
50 degF; 990 mbar
Blowing Cave Wall (Keel Mtn)
Dist:        0.30 mi (0:04:11)
Climbing:     309 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power     187  304.0   409  W
Speed     3.1    4.4   8.6  mi/h
Slope     8.6  19.91  26.8  %
HR        141  148.9   155  bpm
NP:311W IF:1.05 TSS:8 VI:1.02
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 10:03 AM
51 degF; 990 mbar
Blowing Cave Complete (Keel Mtn)
Dist:        3.83 mi (0:19:59)
Climbing:    1050 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  256.1   496  W
Speed     3.1   11.5  35.1  mi/h
Slope   -10.7   4.49  26.8  %
HR        126  141.7   155  bpm
NP:273W IF:0.92 TSS:28 VI:1.07
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 10:02 AM
51 degF; 990 mbar
Keel Backside (Keel Mtn - North)
Dist:        1.55 mi (0:14:57)
Climbing:     895 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  254.0   427  W
Speed     4.6    6.2  21.3  mi/h
Slope     1.7  11.20  17.4  %
HR        121  137.0   142  bpm
NP:257W IF:0.87 TSS:19 VI:1.01
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 10:27 AM
52 degF; 990 mbar
Keel Frontside (Keel Mtn - South)
Dist:        1.88 mi (0:16:00)
Climbing:     897 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  248.6   449  W
Speed     3.9    7.1  23.4  mi/h
Slope    -4.2   9.39  25.2  %
HR        123  134.0   142  bpm
NP:253W IF:0.85 TSS:19 VI:1.02
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 11:05 AM
45 degF; 990 mbar
COLD AND RAINING HARD
Cecil Ashburne from Hwy 431 (east side)
Dist:        2.02 mi (0:10:47)
Climbing:     582 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  276.4   604  W
Speed     0.0   11.3  24.1  mi/h
Slope    -0.6   5.47  12.6  %
HR        111  138.5   146  bpm
NP:287W IF:0.97 TSS:17 VI:1.04
168 lbs; 2/10/2013 12:25 PM
44 degF; 990 mbar
COLD AND RAINING VERY HARD

Now, the BBL videos from the attack zones and the climbs – in reverse order starting with the Bass Pro climb.

Mark and Kyle at the bottom of the bass pro climb (click to view the annotations)Mark and Kyle at the bottom of the bass pro climb (click to view the annotations)

Bass pro climb
Dist:        0.22 mi (0:02:31)
Climbing:     218 ft
          Min   Avg    Max
Power     124  349.7   582  W
Gravity   100  316.0   448  W
Speed     3.4    5.4  11.2  mi/h
Slope     3.1  18.05  33.2  %
Cadence    32   49.1   102  rpm
HR        133  164.7   178  bpm
NP:374W IF:1.27 TSS:7 VI:1.07
168 lbs; 2/9/2013 12:11 PM
58 degF; 990 mbar

February 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm 3 comments

BBL iBike Newton+

Cahaba river pedestrian bridge behind the ballfields (plus iBike Newton pic)Cahaba river pedestrian bridge behind the ballfields (plus iBike Newton pic)

Baseball skills assessment collageBaseball skills assessment collage … Josiah was scheduled for his tryouts at 2:45 … I rode 102 miles and arrived at exactly 2:42, but he had gone early because it was starting to rain. Fortunately I was able to catch them in the parking lot before they left.

Yesterday my new iBike Newton+ arrived, and so I ran through the basic setup to get up and running for today’s BBL ride. I still need to do my on-the-bike calibration ride, but looking at the numbers both during the ride and afterwards – the iBike Newton+ seems to be delivering pretty reliable power numbers even without that extra calibration step. We had a small turnout for BBL with a number of riders out for a variety of reasons — including the cylocross world championships up in Louisville, Kentucky. Still, we had a great time on the Kelly Creek – Tunnel – Wall – Mountain Top loop.

Once I get my Quarq fixed by SRAM I’ll be able to explore some of the more “wind tunnel” advanced features of the Newton. In the meantime, I’ve made a video and highlighted the data for each of today’s attack zones organized as follows – video first, attack zone data next, and attack zone graph last. I did this for all three attack zones / KOMs which I happened to take a clean sweep of today!

STERRETT ATTACK ZONE (1st place)
Dist:        2.77 mi (0:06:57)
Energy:     138.1 kJ
Cals Burn:  132.1 kcal
Climbing:     186 ft
Braking:      0.0 kJ (0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  331.3  1049  W
Aero        0  264.9   774  W
Rolling    27   45.7    66  W
Gravity  -657    1.3   482  W
Speed    14.2   24.0  34.5  mi/h
Wind     13.5   23.2  37.1  mi/h
Elev      448    499   571  ft
Slope    -6.4   0.02   9.1  %
Caden      33   85.7   111  rpm
HR        139  162.4   184  bpm
NP:379W IF:1.28 TSS:19 VI:1.15
CdA: 0.328 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 2/2/2013 11:20 AM
43 degF; 1061 mbar

iBike graph for the sterrett attack zone (click to enlarge)iBike graph for the sterrett attack zone (click to enlarge)

VANDIVER KOM (1st place)
Dist:        1.79 mi (0:07:21)
Energy:     152.3 kJ
Cals Burn:  145.6 kcal
Climbing:     498 ft
Braking:      0.0 kJ (0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power     180  345.4   642  W
Aero        0   58.2   211  W
Rolling    18   27.9    43  W
Gravity    25  253.2   387  W
Speed     9.5   14.7  22.4  mi/h
Wind      4.4   14.1  23.2  mi/h
Elev      565    822  1064  ft
Slope     0.4   5.18  11.8  %
Caden      60   76.9   100  rpm
HR        141  170.8   180  bpm
NP:352W IF:1.19 TSS:17 VI:1.02
CdA: 0.328 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 2/2/2013 11:45 AM
45 degF; 1060 mbar

iBike graph for the Vandiver KOM (click to enlarge)iBike graph for the Vandiver KOM (click to enlarge)

MIMOSA ATTACK ZONE (1st place)
Dist:        2.32 mi (0:06:07)
Energy:     135.6 kJ
Cals Burn:  129.7 kcal
Climbing:     241 ft
Braking:      0.0 kJ (0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  369.5   957  W
Aero        0  236.7   851  W
Rolling    20   43.5    75  W
Gravity -1043   60.9   768  W
Speed    10.8   22.8  39.4  mi/h
Wind      0.0   21.2  37.9  mi/h
Elev      607    669   748  ft
Slope    -9.5   0.80  14.6  %
Caden      57   82.0   104  rpm
HR        122  165.6   181  bpm
NP:406W IF:1.37 TSS:19 VI:1.10
CdA: 0.328 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 2/2/2013 12:08 PM
48 degF; 1059 mbar

iBike graph for the Mimosa attack zone - annotated (click to enlarge)iBike graph for the Mimosa attack zone – annotated (click to enlarge)

COMPLETE RIDE
Dist:      104.76 mi (5:51:38)
Energy:    4063.1 kJ
Cals Burn: 3884.5 kcal
Climbing:    8491 ft
Braking:   -226.0 kJ (-5.6%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  192.6  1049  W
Aero        0  130.8  2294  W
Rolling     0   34.1    93  W
Gravity -2481    1.5   778  W
Speed     0.0   17.9  48.8  mi/h
Wind      0.0   16.1  52.5  mi/h
Elev      408    706  1107  ft
Slope   -19.9   0.02  18.9  %
Caden       0   81.8   130  rpm
HR         68  133.6   185  bpm
NP:247W IF:0.84 TSS:409 VI:1.28
CdA: 0.328 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 2/2/2013 8:28 AM
44 degF; 1063 mbar

February 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

BBL iBike data and videos

Fun day today at the BBL. I mainly wanted to put a post up with my iBike data for those of you curious about the iBike. I’ve highlighted the attack zone data below first – along with a video for the Sterrett attack zone and the Vandiver KOM. I forgot to turn the video back on for the Mimosa attack zone. The format for the post below goes like this: 1) data 2) graph 3) video. Then I’ve got the data and graph for the entire ride at the end.

Sterrett Attack Zone (1st place)
Dist:        2.64 mi (0:05:53)
Energy:     119.1 kJ
Cals Burn:  113.8 kcal
Climbing:     121 ft
Braking:      0.0 kJ (0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  337.3   767  W
Aero        0  264.7   830  W
Rolling    33   51.5    70  W
Gravity  -632    9.7   481  W
Speed    17.2   27.0  36.5  mi/h
Wind      8.2   20.5  36.0  mi/h
Elev       77    126   182  ft
Slope    -6.0   0.11   7.9  %
Caden      47   86.8   107  rpm
HR        123  158.7   182  bpm
NP:366W IF:1.32 TSS:17 VI:1.08
CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 5/3/2011 2:52 AM
48 degF; 1013 mbar

iBike graph for the Sterrett attack zone - I ended up winning this one after covering Mark's attack on the final hill and then taking off before the swarm led by Jeff Fuller, Jim Brock, and Darrell O'Quinn could catch back up to us. This one shows clearly when I was drafting and when I had my nose in the wind (not often)iBike graph for the Sterrett attack zone – I ended up winning this one after covering Mark’s attack on the final hill and then taking off before the swarm led by Jeff Fuller, Jim Brock, and Darrell O’Quinn could catch back up to us. This one shows clearly when I was drafting and when I had my nose in the wind (not often) – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Vandiver KOM (2nd place)
Dist:        1.72 mi (0:06:31)
Energy:     134.6 kJ
Cals Burn:  128.7 kcal
Climbing:     458 ft
Braking:      0.0 kJ (0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power     175  344.2   642  W
Aero        0   51.1   300  W
Rolling    23   30.2    39  W
Gravity    49  260.0   482  W
Speed    11.9   15.9  20.5  mi/h
Wind      3.0   12.2  27.6  mi/h
Elev      199    451   660  ft
Slope     0.8   4.92  10.9  %
Caden      54   83.5   113  rpm
HR        151  180.3   185  bpm
NP:358W IF:1.29 TSS:18 VI:1.04
CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 5/3/2011 3:16 AM
50 degF; 1013 mbar

iBike graph for the Vandiver KOM - you can see where the climb flattened out and I had trouble finding a gear that would hold that I could still keep up with Mark - couldn't do it and he rode away from me to take the KOMiBike graph for the Vandiver KOM – you can see where the climb flattened out and I had trouble finding a gear that would hold that I could still keep up with Mark – couldn't do it and he rode away from me to take the KOM – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Mimosa Attack Zone (3rd place)
Dist:        2.56 mi (0:07:08)
Energy:     126.5 kJ
Cals Burn:  120.9 kcal
Climbing:     236 ft
Braking:     -0.0 kJ (-0.0%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  295.5   793  W
Aero        0  189.1  1560  W
Rolling    16   41.2    79  W
Gravity -1889   27.9   571  W
Speed     8.5   21.6  41.6  mi/h
Wind      0.0   17.7  44.6  mi/h
Elev      221    302   375  ft
Slope   -14.2   0.39  12.0  %
Caden       8   84.4   123  rpm
HR        105  151.1   177  bpm
NP:338W IF:1.22 TSS:18 VI:1.15
CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 5/3/2011 3:37 AM
50 degF; 1013 mbar

iBike graph for the Mimosa Attack Zone - I was having problems with a stiff link on my chain so I ended up setting a max cadence of 124 RPM when I finally found a gear that would stick ... still held on for 3rd in the sprintiBike graph for the Mimosa Attack Zone – I was having problems with a stiff link on my chain so I ended up setting a max cadence of 124 RPM when I finally found a gear that would stick … still held on for 3rd in the sprint – CLICK TO ENLARGE

iBike data for the ENTIRE RIDE
Dist:      103.94 mi (5:58:22)
Energy:    3781.5 kJ
Cals Burn: 3615.2 kcal
Braking:   -174.7 kJ (-4.6%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  175.9   793  W
Aero        0  117.9  2724  W
Rolling     0   33.2    95  W
Gravity -2123    1.6   603  W
Speed     0.0   17.4  50.1  mi/h
Wind      0.0   14.6  54.3  mi/h
Elev       77    347   823  ft
Slope   -16.5   0.03  19.1  %
Caden       0   81.3   134  rpm
HR         71  132.0   185  bpm
NP:231W IF:0.83 TSS:415 VI:1.32
CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0057
168 lbs; 1/26/2013 8:35 AM
50 degF; 1013 mbar

BBL 2013-01-26 iBike graph for the entire ride - note the addition of the gear ratio graph -- pretty cool to show you when you switched gears.BBL 2013-01-26 iBike graph for the entire ride – note the addition of the gear ratio graph — pretty cool to show you when you switched gears. – CLICK TO ENLARGE

January 27, 2013 at 1:03 am 3 comments

Tornado anniversary and return of the iBike

A lot going on in the cockpit ... video camera, iBike, and Garmin.A lot going on in the cockpit … camera, iBike, and Garmin.

This is my last week off before the start of the spring semester at Samford, so I wanted to get in at least one more long ride. I’m riding my Scott Addict right now because the Trek is down for the count with a crack in the frame. Because I switched bikes to my Scott, I could re-mount the iBike again (the Bontrager stem on my Trek is far too thick for the iBike mount to fit). The only problem is that when I went to mount the iBike, I discovered I was missing a screw for the mounting bracket … a quick trip to the local hardware store with the iBike and a screwdriver in my back pocket and I was able to find the right screw.

In my opinion, the absolute best thing about the iBike is its ability to measure gradients quite accurately — much more so than the barometric pressure calculated gradient from the Garmin. The iBike has an internal gyrometer/accelerometer which can calculate gradient based on immediate changes in pitch, unlike the Garmin which requires motion and change in air pressure to calculate gradient based on the change of elevation over time. The ability of the iBike to measure power is a secondary benefit … and not too bad either compared to all the other power meters I’ve owned. You do have to get it calibrated correctly, but that is a one-time setup step which is supposedly eliminated on the new iBike Newton.

Excited about the iBike, I wanted to measure the gradients on the Emerald Lakes climbs which I discovered over Christmas and rode again a couple weeks ago on the way out to Skyball. I’ve posted videos below where I am calling out a small selection of the iBike gradient readings (it updates itself about every second, but I’m only calling out readings every few seconds). The front side climb Cat 4 climb (from the Lake) has the steepest pitch topping out at 30.4%, but the 20+% section is much shorter than the 20+% section on the backside Cat 3 climb. The descent back down the 30% section is dangerous. I was trying to be conservative and still hit 53mph (last video). I’m glad I was trying to be conservative because any faster, and I might very well have ended up IN Emerald Lake.

Red tailed hawk flying above its nest in tornado damaged neighborhood.Red tailed hawk flying above its nest in tornado damaged neighborhood.

When I was planning out the return route, I noticed that the climb up to the top of the Summit Pointe neighborhood off of Tyler Loop road would probably be an auto-detected Strava cat 4 climb. The picture of the hawk above is just below the summit of the climb. I was trying to maximize climbing on the ride so I created a route through that neighborhood up the climb not realizing that I would be doing the ride on the 1 year anniversary of the Chalkville EF-3 tornado (just under EF-4) which went through a corner of the neighborhood. I came to the realization that it was the 1 year anniversary late in the video below as I was narrating the damage still visible a year later. Click the “youtube” button to watch this on youtube, and you can jump to specific parts of the video using the video bookmarks in the description area below the video.

Finally, here is a photoshop – annotated view of the iBike data from the ride. I was concerned with the cold weather that the iBike battery might not make it the entire ride so I cut it off after the Vesclub climb and didn’t turn it back on again until I got up to Trussville.

ibike graph annotated for the emerald lakes rideibike graph annotated for the emerald lakes ride (click to enlarge and read the annotations)

iBike statistics - Emerald lakes ride (partial)
Dist:       77.57 mi (5:12:38)
Energy:    3691.5 kJ
Cals Burn: 3529.1 kcal
Climbing:    8806 ft
Braking:   -609.4 kJ (-16.5%)
          Min   Avg    Max
Power       0  196.8   692  W
Aero        0  120.6  2982  W
Rolling     0   19.2    68  W
Gravity -4009    4.0   548  W
Speed     0.0   14.9  53.1  mi/h
Wind      0.0   15.3  55.9  mi/h
Elev      -14    454   865  ft
Slope   -24.0   0.08  30.4  %
Caden       0   72.8   126  rpm
HR         79  131.3   165  bpm
NP:226W IF:0.81 TSS:345 VI:1.15
CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0039
168 lbs; 8/14/2011 2:25 PM
52 degF; 1013 mbar

A few notes about the data … the climbing total is quite a bit lower because it’s missing 23 miles of the ride and the iBike is applying smoothing (either in the software or via how the barometric elevation sensor is recording) and doesn’t pick up all the rollers in its climbing total that the Garmin does. Also, the distance is short because I turned off the iBike to save battery after the Vesclub climb and didn’t turn it back on again until Trussville. Also, the “168 lbs” in the statistics at the bottom is my weight plus the weight of the bike plus weight of clothing, etc…

January 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm 2 comments

Wisconsin wrap-up

Long ice beard in Weyerhauser with Blue Hills I had just ridden through in the backgroundLong ice beard in Weyerhauser with Blue Hills I had just ridden through in the background. The beard is frozen breath, whereas the mustache is frozen snot (I had nasal congestion issues all week).
Kristine caught up to me near the very end of the ride and got this pic as we were pulling into Weyerhauser.Kristine caught up to me near the very end of the ride and got this pic as we were pulling into Weyerhauser.

We’ve been back in Alabama for a couple weeks now, but I still have photos and videos from one last ride in Wisconsin. Perfect timing for me to finish up this post as we are under a winter storm warning today for a couple inches of snow and ice here in Birmingham. Back up in Wisconsin on January 2nd, my first ride of 2013, I left Kristine’s parents’ house in Shell Lake and rode about 65 mile southeast down to Weyerhauser, Wisconsin through the Blue Hills outside of Rice Lake. This was the coldest ride of the trip with an average temperature of 10 degF. I started pretty early in the day, and it snowed the whole time with most of the ride into a stiff headwind. The snow was just beautiful as it was falling, and especially up on top of Meteor Hill – the high point in the Blue Hills. See this video I took of the snow shortly before descending off of Meteor Hill.

Even though the temp had warmed up a bit by the top of Meteor Hill — maybe 12 degrees or so – this was still the coldest part of the trip because I stopped for a while at the top and took too long of a video (the one above) with my gloves off. Then once I started again, I was on really deep, rutted snow on a long gradual downhill. This meant that I spent a lot of time braking instead of pedaling and generating body heat. Plus, the area was really rural so it would not have been good to have any kind of accident so I was especially slow and careful, which meant my heartrate stayed around 100bpm for 9 miles on the long gradual descent. This meant I was VERY, VERY cold by the bottom. Fortunately, this dumped me out onto a good hilly Co Rd F right through the heart of the Blue Hills where I could warm back up again by going hard. All-in-all I think this was the best ride of the trip.

Here are some of the bikecam videos I got — ordered with my favorite ones first.

January 17, 2013 at 9:19 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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