Looking Out At The Road Rushing Under My Wheels
Friday, June 30, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Tapering for Events
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Interesting ride tonight. Kind of cool but no wind. I decided to try to keep my cadence up and ended up averaging 101 at 332 watts. My time was just so-so at 23:01 but that included getting stuck behind a truck that was stuck behind another rider. You can see the drop and then the big spike in power when things cleared out. Not sure how much time I lost but maybe 10-15 seconds. The higher cadence felt really good. I wasn't particularly tired at the end. In the past I rode my faster times at RPM's above 100.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Avoiding Social Media?
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Cleves Time Trial June 13 2017
I rode a marginal time trial tonight. I definitely felt the Monday evening strength class more than the century on Saturday. My glutes were sore last night. I didn't really ride all that hard. Around the two mile mark I wondered why I was there as I didn't really need this effort on the schedule. If I were to guess I'd say power was in the 330's. I also made slight position change just too try it and it didn't feel right. This is a good opportunity to try changes without any risk of losing time in an A race. So, a good training effort but a well below average effort.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
mental Toughness and Aging Athletes from CTS
Saturday, June 10, 2017
I redefined 'bigger ride' as recommended (3.5 hours) into a century. Left at 6am and hit six different counties as I did my tour of the Ohio farm land. Happy to report that the fields are plowed and ready for seed and the alpaca's are their usual inquisitive but distrusting selves. I did get in the intervals (6 min, 6 min, 5 min and 8 minutes at around 315) before my battery died in my power meter. Overall a wonderful ride and about 30 minutes faster than when I did it earlier in the year.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
National Senior Games 5 k Time Trial
5k numbers: 25.68 mph, 395 watts, 95 rpm for the entire distance; first half at 387, 29.55, 95 rpm, includes the turn; second half at 406, 98 rpm. I was a little under 3 minutes down and then 4:20 something back up. I definitely had my mental focus together on both of these events in Birmingham. I wasn't thinking about how bad it hurt, only about how fast I was going and how much power I was putting out. Very glad I can get into that fame of mind for these. This was good enough for first place.
Monday, June 5, 2017
National Senior Games 10k time trial
After 4 silvers (2 each in Cleveland and Minneapolis in 2013 and 2015 respectively) I finally won the gold today in Birmingham Alabama. It was a very hilly course (7-10%) and we rode in a steady downpour all the way. I didn't think I rode all that well but I won by over a minute with a time around 15:02 give or take. Had to go to the small chainring four times and sat up on the climbs and on the descents I went out on the horns as opposed to staying in the aero bars. Twenty plus years of concentrating on time trials and finally a national championship.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Whats in your pack for a cycling adventure? From CTS
Friday, June 2, 2017
Mental Conditioning to Avoid Re-Injury
I rode the 30k USAC national championship time trial yesterday. The course was flat to rolling with really no wind. I rode the first half in about 21:30 at 340 watts. On the way back I dropped to about 310 and 21:00. It was a little more downhill coming back but I really died on the second half. It really showed that I don't train for these longer time trials. I still took 11th place out of 35-38 riders which is my best placing at any USAC Nationals event. I missed the top ten by 12 seconds or so.
Its off to Birmingham for the NSG time trials on Monday and Tuesday.