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Downer Ave Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 10

I think I may have cracked the top 15 on this one. I was really happy with the finish as it was a complete turnaround from yesterday. Even though I was again at the very front with one lap to go. I was able to hold my position and not get passed by anyone in the sprint. There were thousands and thousands of dollars worth of primes including one ultra-prime for $5600 won by Isaac Howe (Kenda), but I was never in position to go for any of them. That’s ok, though, because I really needed a good finish after yesterday’s performance.

The course was a triangle with turn #1 fast and straightforward, turn #2 acute on rough pavement, and turn #3 and #4 very fast back-to-back to make the triangle. I had a great start and came around the first turn in fifth position. I stayed up near the front for the rest of the first lap. Then on the second lap, there was a major surge on the backside of the course and I got caught in the wrong position and was passed by at least 50 riders so that I ended up in the back third of the field. I spent the next 20 laps or so moving up. The course was easy to pass people on, but it was also very easy to get passed. So my position varied greatly from front to back for a majority of the race. Towards the end, though, I hit it hard to get into the top 10 and then attacked any time the pace eased up. This kept me at the very front leading the field through the start/finish with one to go. I didn’t want to be at the very front so I eased up and then hopped on a wheel about 10 riders back when the surge came. I basically held this position until the end except for getting passed by a few people out of turn #2. So I think I squeezed into the top 15.

Here is a video of the women’s finish plus videos that Kristine took of our race:

Here are the lap splits for this 49 mile crit…

NAME   DIST   SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
Lap 1  0.8 mi 26.8 mph 396 watts 151 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 2  0.9 mi 28.3 mph 435 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 3  0.8 mi 28.9 mph 460 watts 164 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 4  0.8 mi 29.1 mph 463 watts 160 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 5  0.9 mi 27.5 mph 453 watts 166 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 6  0.8 mi 28.1 mph 425 watts 165 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 7  0.8 mi 28.6 mph 457 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 8  0.8 mi 28.9 mph 439 watts 167 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 9  0.9 mi 27.1 mph 442 watts 167 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 10 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 404 watts 164 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 11 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 387 watts 162 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 12 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 438 watts 161 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 13 0.9 mi 26.1 mph 412 watts 172 bpm 0:01:56
Lap 14 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 400 watts 152 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 15 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 457 watts 155 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 16 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 449 watts 156 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 17 0.8 mi 26.6 mph 374 watts 152 bpm 0:01:54
Lap 18 0.9 mi 29.7 mph 550 watts 162 bpm 0:01:42
Lap 19 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 403 watts 167 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 20 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 424 watts 161 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 21 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 446 watts 160 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 22 0.8 mi 27.8 mph 416 watts 156 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 23 0.9 mi 26.8 mph 381 watts 162 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 24 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 444 watts 159 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 25 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 424 watts 157 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 26 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 407 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 27 0.9 mi 26.6 mph 385 watts 154 bpm 0:01:54
Lap 28 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 442 watts 164 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 29 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 408 watts 157 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 30 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 452 watts 164 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 31 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 432 watts 159 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 32 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 411 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 33 0.8 mi 29.7 mph 484 watts 159 bpm 0:01:42
Lap 34 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 443 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 35 0.9 mi 27.3 mph 414 watts 157 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 36 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 384 watts 153 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 37 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 434 watts 154 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 38 0.9 mi 26.8 mph 417 watts 159 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 39 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 417 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 40 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 421 watts 154 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 41 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 464 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 42 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 447 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 43 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 452 watts 158 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 44 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 454 watts 159 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 45 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 451 watts 160 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 46 0.8 mi 29.1 mph 491 watts 163 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 47 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 452 watts 154 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 48 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 403 watts 154 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 49 0.9 mi 25.9 mph 365 watts 152 bpm 0:01:57
Lap 50 0.8 mi 27.1 mph 345 watts 162 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 51 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 451 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 52 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 396 watts 163 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 53 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 395 watts 161 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 54 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 391 watts 163 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 55 0.8 mi 29.4 mph 467 watts 165 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 56 0.8 mi 27.8 mph 402 watts 172 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 57 0.8 mi 29.7 mph 511 watts 176 bpm 0:01:42

Here is a link to the interactive Strava data: http://app.strava.com/rides/810911

Map of the course plus my easy hill repeats for warm-up

Heartrate and speed data for the race

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day:

June 26, 2011 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Fond du Lac Grand Prix – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 9

The Fond du Lac Grand prix yesterday was another great race that I managed to mess up at the end. Let’s start with the positive, though. I was in several breaks and even attacked once to start a break. I rode well at the front for the entire race before blowing the last lap. There was a really cool health fair for the kids where they got free entry into the Children’s Museum after first having fun outside with the police, firefighters, pirate ship bouncy obstacle course, and more.

Now back to the racing – this is definitely amazing training and experience, but it is unfortunate how expensive this trip is turning out to be with a $52 entry free for yesterday’s race and coming away with nothing. Maybe I can make up for it today with the Downer’s Grove race in Milwaukee having $10,000 worth of primes up for grabs. Surely I can find my way to the front for one or two of them! I was first in the field (five man break up the road) across the finish line at the start of the last lap. Two riders attacked coming out of turn #1, and I tried to chase and close the gap to them, but I didn’t make it so I was still leading the field now in 8th position on the road (5-man break, 2 guys dangling just ahead) heading into turn #3 when the surge for the finishing sprint started. I was expecting it, so I ramped up my own speed but still got passed by about 5 or 6 people heading into turn #3. Then I got passed by a few more people going through the final turn. Then in the final sprint I was passed by 7 or 8 more people including one right on the finish line even though my speed at the finish was 35mph. Everyone else must have been sprinting at 37-40mph. To summarize, I lost 20 positions on the last lap including 18 positions between turn #3 and the finish — finishing out of the money and out of the points. Here is all my data from Strava (my iBike broke during the race as the front cover fell off – I’m guessing that repeated days of pro racing at 30+ mph on Wisconsin bumpy, cracked roads places a lot of stress on the iBike)

Strava heartrate and speed data

Map of the race and warm-up. I found some good hills east of town.

June 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

Ripon TT (aka “rest day”) – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 7

Instead of the time trial, I opted for a four hour easy paced ride in search of hills along the Ice Age trail. It was a beautiful ride … check out the panoramic view I stitched together from photos I took at the top of the lookout tower on Lapham Peak, and check out the pictures in the gallery below.

Panoramic view from the top of the Lapham Peak tower (click to enlarge)

Map of the hilly route through Waukesha over to Lapham peak (Cat 4 climb) on the Ice Age trail (click for a more detailed version)

One more note about yesterday’s Schlitz Park criterium … I forgot to mention the dramatic temperature drop during the middle of the race. You could see clouds and fog moving in, and the temperature dropped 10 degrees over a span of 30 minutes with the temperature bottoming out at 55 degF here on the first day of summer in Wisconsin! Here is the temperature graph from the race yesterday:
Heartrate and temperature graph from the Schlitz Park criterium

June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Schlitz Park Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 6

Strava map highlighting one lap of the race.

This has to be one of my all-time favorite criterium courses, although I would not want to race it in the rain. Fortunately for us in the pro men’s field, we dodged the thunderstorms and raced on a completely dry course. This was not the case for races earlier in the day, including the pro women’s field (see pics in the gallery below). The race starts on Pleasant St at river level (Milwaukee River). The first turn takes you onto Brewer Hill where you climb all 68 ft that course gains in one shot. Then after a flat section across the top, you dive down through a series of twists and turns to make it back down to Pleasant St for the finishing sprint. In the middle of the race, I was thinking how beautiful it was to be following a single file line of riders through so many turns at speeds approaching 35mph on the downhill series of turns lap after lap. This was the most technical course of the entire series, and there were no wrecks!

Here is how the race played out – a small break established itself within the first few laps of the race. They stayed away for the entire race, but never lapped the field. Towards the middle of the race, I tried to get into a chase group. This lasted for a lap. Then with 5 laps to go, another move went off the front of the field. I saw it but hesitated. Then I decided to jump anyway and rode the rest of that lap and part of the next one solo trying to chase back onto the chase group. It was all for naught though, because the field caught me and eventually reeled back in the chase group with 3 laps to go. I had burned a lot of matches with that move, but I still really wanted a top 20 result so I fought hard to move up on the last two laps and ended up 19th.

iBike stats – a couple interesting things highlighted in red. The interesting thing about the braking is how little there was of it. You really didn’t have to brake that much anywhere on the course because everybody was so smooth!

6/21/2011   6:10 PM
Dist:       37.37 mi (1:30:12)
Energy:    1608.7 kJ
Cals Burn: 1537.9 kcal
Climbing:    3468 ft
Braking:    -24.5 kJ (-1.5%)

       Avg   Max
Power 297.2 1125 W
Speed  24.9   36 mi/h
Wind   19.1   36 mi/h
Caden  77.0  118 rpm
HR    158.3  177 bpm

iBike graph – note the entire lap solo with 5 to go … not a very good way to save energy for the finish …

And here are my Strava lap splits … with a link to the interactive strava data here – http://app.strava.com/rides/786672

       DIST   ELEV  SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
Lap 1  0.7 mi 68 ft 23.1 mph 268 watts 151 bpm 0:01:55
Lap 2  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 348 watts 160 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 3  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 342 watts 161 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 4  0.8 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 352 watts 161 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 5  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 351 watts 163 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 6  0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 318 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 7  0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 351 watts 161 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 8  0.7 mi 68 ft 26.8 mph 370 watts 166 bpm 0:01:39
Lap 9  0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 293 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 10 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 306 watts 154 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 11 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 331 watts 156 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 12 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 349 watts 158 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 13 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 341 watts 162 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 14 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.9 mph 296 watts 157 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 15 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 323 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 16 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 347 watts 157 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 17 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 349 watts 158 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 18 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 350 watts 158 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 19 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 319 watts 158 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 20 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 351 watts 159 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 21 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 368 watts 159 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 22 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.6 mph 381 watts 162 bpm 0:01:40
Lap 23 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 372 watts 165 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 24 0.7 mi 68 ft 22.5 mph 287 watts 156 bpm 0:01:58
Lap 25 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 310 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 26 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.9 mph 335 watts 159 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 27 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 358 watts 156 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 28 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 353 watts 159 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 29 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 365 watts 159 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 30 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 340 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 31 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.6 mph 391 watts 161 bpm 0:01:40
Lap 32 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.1 mph 317 watts 158 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 33 0.8 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 368 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 34 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 302 watts 155 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 35 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.7 mph 300 watts 153 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 36 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 302 watts 153 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 37 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 340 watts 155 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 38 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 352 watts 156 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 39 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 330 watts 153 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 40 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 328 watts 152 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 41 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 362 watts 159 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 42 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 322 watts 154 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 43 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 334 watts 155 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 44 0.7 mi 68 ft 21.8 mph 257 watts 151 bpm 0:02:02
Lap 45 0.7 mi 68 ft 22.5 mph 258 watts 153 bpm 0:01:58
Lap 46 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 352 watts 164 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 47 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 353 watts 165 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 48 0.7 mi 68 ft 27.4 mph 397 watts 163 bpm 0:01:37
Lap 49 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 382 watts 161 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 50 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 339 watts 162 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 51 0.7 mi 68 ft 28.0 mph 439 watts 168 bpm 0:01:35

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day. Hover over each one for a caption.

June 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

Greenbush Road Race – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 5

Notice anything missing in this picture??? Answer – my iBike came loose on one section of bumpy road. There was no way to tighten it back up while riding so I had to wait for one of the screws to come completely off. Then I could spin the iBike around to unscrew the other screw. Finished the race with the iBike and my iPhone in my pocket.

This was a fun race course through the Kettle Moraine State Forest area near Greenbush and Elkhart Lake. The course was rolling with several steep rollers having gradients well over 10%. I got into an early move that lasted 3/4 of a lap. The field brought us back, and I drifted too far back in the pack so I missed the counter attack and a subsequent chase group that hung in front of us for a while. Then as people in our group started to pull out of the race, the chase group left the field for good which meant that the rest of us were racing for something like 12th or 13th. Still, I wanted to make a race of it so I tried to get in a few moves, and I tried to keep the pace in the field rolling.

On the last lap, Steve Tilford attacked after exiting the forest. A couple guys bridged up to him, and I was sorta in disbelief that I had just missed another move. An ISCorp rider attacked into the headwind a little while later. I was at the front and determined not to just wait for a field sprint. So I attacked to bridge up to the ISCorp rider. I attacked hard and was able to get away cleanly. I looked behind and saw that the field hadn’t responded so I poured everything into it not saving anything for the sprint. I made it to the ISCorp rider right as we were making the lefthand turn to take us through a long section of crosswinds. We worked hard together and could see the field strung out behind, but they had waited too long to start chasing. Up ahead we were closing on the break of three who appeared to have merged with the remnants of the chase group that had been gone since the second lap. I need to see the results to see my exact placing to determine if that is what happened. In any case, we couldn’t quite close the gap to that group, but we stayed ahead of the field. I couldn’t compete with the ISCorp rider in the sprint after doing a lot of work so I sat up and eased in just ahead of the field.

iBike power data for half of the greenbush road race

Here is a map of the course, plus here is a link to interactive stats from the ride – http://app.strava.com/rides/778406.

And here are the Strava lap splits…

NAME  DIST   SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
1 lap 9.9 mi 25.6 mph 375 watts 157 bpm 0:23:07
1 lap 9.8 mi 25.8 mph 376 watts 149 bpm 0:22:59
1 lap 9.9 mi 24.8 mph 343 watts 147 bpm 0:23:53
1 lap 9.8 mi 24.4 mph 328 watts 148 bpm 0:24:16
1 lap 9.9 mi 23.5 mph 302 watts 144 bpm 0:25:09
1 lap 9.9 mi 22.9 mph 287 watts 144 bpm 0:25:48
1 lap 9.9 mi 22.9 mph 279 watts 141 bpm 0:25:52
1 lap 9.9 mi 24.9 mph 338 watts 154 bpm 0:23:49

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day — some from the race and some from Minneapolis / St Paul where the rest of the family had a fun day on quite a few adventures of their own.

June 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

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Anaerobic Threshold:
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Heart rate:180 bpm
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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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