Posts tagged ‘Training’
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.
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
I traditionally close out my seasons with an epic ride. This year’s ride was a beautiful ride in the mountains of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. From my time racing and riding at Clemson University, I spent a lot of time in those mountains. One of my favorite descents is the descent out of Highlands on what eventually becomes SC 28. I still have one more race left this coming weekend (Greenville Fall Cycling Extravaganza), so I didn’t push the pace on this nearly 100 mile ride to make sure that I still have a little bit left for one more weekend of racing. Here’s my topocreator map for the ride.
Ivan Basso will be racing again very soon at the Japan Cup on October 26. I personally am glad that he is racing again, and I hope that he really has put the temptation to dope behind him. I like his plan of publishing all of his workouts, power data, etc… online so that people can see how much he is training and how realistic a given performance is. This is similar to the approach by Greg Lemond to address the doping problem.
Greg Lemond is proposing that riders be more transparent with their power data so that an abnormally large spike in power output that cannot be attributed to physiological peaking for an event would be better evidence of doping than blood urine tests. This is a very good idea, but the accuracy and reliability of power meters would call this into question. Plus, how could one define what the upper limit is if you are having a really good day? Also, what if a rider’s power meter were to “break” on the day(s) that they dope? I am guessing that some of this would be combined with regular testing too. Still, Lemond’s idea is good because the more transparency we have, the harder it will be to cheat.
So that is why I like to put all my power data online. Coming soon (probably early next week) I will post my season statistics. I can already tell you that my mileage and time on the bike was up from last year:
|Hrs/week||14.65(avg), 20.18(max)||13.62(avg), 18.01(max)|
|Miles/week||252.2(avg), 337.1(max)||241.5(avg), 358.3(max)|
2008 Totals (1/1/08 – 10/12/08)
10,339 miles and 526,785 feet of climbing (12,848 feet per week)
I’ll do a more complete post with graphs later!
This was a pro-only stage, so I didn’t race today. Still, I drove part of the way to Elk Grove and then biked the rest of the way so that I could watch a few of the pros and warm up the legs. I was very surprised by the roads (much better condition and much less traffic than I was expecting). This really is a beautiful part of Chicago. I was really surprised, beautiful roads and land out here just west of the Chicago O’Hare airport. Here’s a map of the route I took:
The pros were racing a 4.5 mile prologue time trial that overlapped with part of the circuit race course that I’ll be racing tomorrow. Fast and flat, the results showed a lot of people including Matt Winstead, within 20 seconds of the lead. Check out the results.
I won’t hide that I am very disappointed about missing the timecut yesterday in the TT. A focus for me for the remainder of the season will be to work on my TT and improve my overall power output. I went for a ride today and felt miserable, so I believe I will take the next two or three days off the bike completely. As far as racing goes, the next race for me will be the Fitchburg-Longsjo classic in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It’s a great race that I did 10 years ago, and I am looking forward to being an active part of the race.