Posts tagged ‘race ride’
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).
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:
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.
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
Baseball 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
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
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
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
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) – 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 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 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
What a great way to the end season – with the unique group ride / race / kom / party that is the Tour de Cullman. Carson Glasscock does a great job of organizing this every year and put on another great one this year even after the tornadoes in April knocked over every tree in his yard and did significant damage to his house. Driving up from Birmingham, you can still see where several tornadoes crossed I-65 with trees stripped and fallen over in all directions, and there are still a couple tall light posts twisted and folded in half serving as reminders 6 months later.
Enough about that, though, because the atmosphere today at the Tour de Cullman was one of celebration and having a good time. From the traditional parade roll-out all the way to the after-race party, people were laughing and talking. The serious part of the ride is a 16 mile section in the middle ending on the top of Skyball Mountain – a 4 mile climb. Pretty much as soon as the lead moto dropped the flag, Pat Allison put in an attack. It was quickly shutdown, and the group was still together as we made the left turn to tackle the steep 10-15% initial climb. I went to the front and set a fast tempo. By the top, we were down to five riders. Across the top, Pat drilled it and we were down to just three – me, Pat, and Paul Tower.
From that point until the end, it was a three-man team time trial. We traded pace pretty well, but I was saving up in case either of them tried to get away early on any one of the numerous short steep hills on the course. The right turn onto the Skyball KOM climb came much sooner than expected. When we started up the climb, Paul and I continued to work as Pat surveyed the situation. We cruised up the bottom flat part of the climb at a fairly easy pace which didn’t fit into my plans of attacking on the steepest part of the climb because everybody was still fresh.
Nevertheless, going into the lefthand turn onto Fat Dunn Rd, I attacked hard but couldn’t get a gap. I eased up but because the gradient was so steep at this point, we were still pushing well over 300 watts. Then I could see the next really steep section of the climb had actually been turned into a dirt road (they must have stripped the old, cracked, potholed road completely away and laid down dirt/gravel). I decided to attack again, and this time Paul came off the pace.
So Pat and I reached the top together with me in front. Pat kept me in front for the next mile or so before he attacked hard on the dirt road. I lost his wheel and started to chase with him just in front of me. We were flying. My Garmin recorded a top speed of 38mph on the dirt road downhill before the last turn with 200 meters left to go. It was at this turn that I finally caught up to Pat. I knew the finish was close so I went ahead and started my sprint and was able to hold him off to the finish to take my third win in three years.
Pat and I descended down the other side to try out the climb from that side, but this time Pat was able to take the sprint at the top. The group had a huge head start on us for the return trip to Cullman, so we drilled it for pretty much the entire ride back until we caught them just outside of town.
Then it was time for the after ride party and awards. One of Carson’s friends had brought over a portable stone brick oven that he had built and started making pizzas, which were awesome! The lady playing the accordion at the top of Skyball was joined by two people on the guitar, and the beer and cokes were flowing as everybody relaxed and recounted the race this year and races from past years. Awesome.
Here is all the data: