Thursday, August 27, 2009

Racing Week August 17 - 23, 2009 - Utah part 1

Tour of Utah Week, the big race I've been anticipating & dreading for many weeks.

Monday - woke up at 6AM, out the door by 6:30, picked up Jim Wingert in Davis around 8AM & drove to SLC. Arrived at the Prologue course around 7:30 PM and rode the course a few times.
30 min ride, then went to the Rossi house where we'd be staying for the week.

Tuesday - while the rest of the guys went for a ride, I tuned up my bikes and rested, trying to get over the lingering symptoms of my cold. I thought my prologue would be around 6:45, but when I arrived at the course around 5:45 I discovered that my start time was 6:17. I didn't get much of a warm-up, so a 2.8 mile race was a real shock to the system, that and the altitude. I thought I rode pretty well, coming in at 6:57, when the best riders were only about 40-45 seconds faster. Turns out a lot of riders finished in that 45 seconds and my time was only 132nd best. I knew it was going to be a long week. (about 45 min total riding)

Wednesday - First real road race Ogden to Salt Lake, with 2 Cat 1 climbs in between. This race didn't start off super fast. I thought it was odd seeing Zabriskie spending most of the early race in the back 10 with guys like me, but he knew how to move up when he needed to. I didn't have too much problem staying with the pack on the 1st Cat 1 climb or the following descent, but was not positioned too well when the 2nd climb started and too far back when the gaps started opening up. I rode with a few guys on the following descent, but ended up on my own over the last 10 miles and finished solo in 89th with no one within over a minute of me on either side. I finished 89th and moved up to 89th in GC. (3:31:13 stage time)

Thursday - Mt. Nebo. - 60 miles flat followed by a 20 mile HC climb. As soon as the neutral ended we were going full gas due south for miles & miles. Problem was the wind from the east. Guys at the front were trying to break away & Rock & the other teams were chasing everything down, so back in the last 25 spots where I was, it was just pedal as hard as you can with your head down, trying to ride on an inch of road and hope the pack would eventually slow down. At 1 point there was a crash about 20 riders up that I was able to avoid, but after hitting the brakes I saw a large gap open up. I chased as hard as I could for about 2 minutes, then was about to give up thinking my race was over when a small chase pack with Ben Jacques Maynes & Floyd Landis went by. I was able to get back on this group and get a ride back to the safety of the peloton. A little while later a break was established and we made a turn into the wind, so it became a lot easier to sit in and wait for the climb. When the climb came, I was again in a bad position near the back of the field, but that didn't matter too much. This was a 90 minute, do it at your pace climb. I went hard, but held back a bit since I didn't want to blow up. I again finished solo, this time in 71st and moved up to 74th in GC. (3:17:34 stage time)

When we returned to the Rossi house they had prepared an incredible pasta dinner for the team and we surprised them with how quickly we ate everything. One thing about this trip was that I was eating a lot more than normal.

Training Week August 10 - 16, 2009

Way late on this one, but not too much to report.

Monday - 45 min spin class
Tuesday - Usual GG Park sprints - 1:30 total ride
Woke up wednesday with a sore throat & feeling sick
Wednesday - easy 30 min on spin bike
Thursday - 1:30 at polo fields with some tempo
Friday - easy 30 min on spin bike
Saturday - Alpine Dam ride - started with BF group, then rode with Dyrwal, he was making me hurt pretty bad - 3:30 total ride
Sunday - easy park ride - saw Irish Greg & rode with him foe a while - 2:00 total ride

Weekly totals: 8:30 riding, 1:45 spinning, 10:15 total.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Training Week August 3 - 9, 2009

I am in such a workout rut Mon-Fri, but it's been working OK, so I'll keep doing it.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 45 min lunch spin class
Tuesday - GG Park sprints - hard - 2:00 total
Thursday - Polo field tempo - 2:00 total ride
Saturday - City loop ride with Greg - 2:00 - a few short hard hills
Sunday - Patterson Pass RR - 35+ We had 4 (Cole, Daly, Lyman & me). It was hot, & I was called out for being wasteful with the limited water. (Sorry about that, I'll be more sparing next time). I pushed the climbs and would get a little gap on the field over the top, and as the race wore on there were fewer and fewer left until only 7 of us remained after the 3rd time over Patterson Pass. I kept throwing in attacks, but it wasn't enough to drop or tire out Bosch who took the sprint over Nils (2nd) & Cole (3rd). Bryant, me & Irish Greg picked up the remaining 3 t-shirts.

Weekly totals - 9:45 riding, 2:15 spin classes - 12:00 total.

Next up, Tour of Utah.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Training Week July 27 - August 2, 2009

After the crit crash on Sunday, I decided to take a few days off, so M-T-W I didn't exercise. Though I did trade in my old Dodge Caravan for $4,500 (Cash for Clunkers) & bought a new Honda Fit. I would have preferred to buy American, but Ford didn't have a compact hatchback (Focus is only in a sedan for now & the Fiesta won't be here for a while), & I wasn't really interested in the Chevy Aveo.

Anyway, back to the training:

Thursday & Friday - 45 min lunch spin classes.
Saturday Elite District RR @ Fort Ord. - 105 miles - 10 laps. Pace on the climbs was brisk on the 1st 3 laps until the winning break of 5 got away. (Mach, Moore, DuBost, Riffelmacher, Pickett). I was near the front when I saw this happen, and in most cases would have chased, but with 75 miles left to ride & not feeling that great I decided to sit in and let others chase.
The break stayed away & I didn't do too much, just got in my long training ride & finished near the back of what was left of the pack in 17th.
Sunday - easy 90 min park ride.

Weekly totals - 6 hrs riding, 1:30 spin class - 7:30 total.

Training Week July 20 - 26, 2009

Been laggin on the bloggin again.

Typical work week workouts:

M-W-F 45 min lunch spin classes
Tue - GG Park Sprints - 2 Hrs.
Thu - 90 min ride, nothing too hard.

Sat - Drove up to Woodfords with Charles, our 40+ district race started at 11:10.
It was hot, probably around 90, so glad the race was only 55 miles. Race started off real fast with Todd Weitzenberg being real aggressive. The pack pretty much blew up on the 1st climb and on the stretch to the finish, Todd got away with David Albrecht & Brenon. After that what was left of the pack slowed. I kept trying to jump across, but couldn't escape without company until the climbs on the 2nd lap where Chris Wire & I got away clean. We worked together for a lap, but then saw the pack getting close as we started the climbs on the 3rd lap, so I had to take off. I was able to bridge up to the lead 3 and with Brenon in there, we had 2 of the 4, but we played nice until the final lap with Brenon taking some extra long pulls (thanks!). On the final climbs Todd went 1st, then I punched it with all I had left and was able to get a gap and TT it to the finish for my 1st district championship win. For a race that was only 55 miles (about 2:20 riding time), it really took a lot out of me since I wasn't used to the altitude & 90 degree heat.

Sunday - Minden Crit - my plan was to sit in for at least 30 minutes, then try 1 all out attack to get away. Well, for some reason I never stick to the plan & started attacking after about 10 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter, but nothing was getting away. Charles was looking strong & being real aggressive, which was great to see. On the final lap, I was leading the pack into turn 1 and was going just a bit too fast, so I slid out of the race. Got some nasty road rash, but at least no one else went down or hit me, so it could have been a lot worse. Sorry to those who were forced outside of me & lost their position for the final sprint.

Driving back from Tahoe on 50 was a huge mistake. 50 & 80 were parking lots @ 105 degrees & we were without AC, no fun for sure. I'll be sure to take 88 home next time.

Weekly totals: 8:00 riding, 2:15 spin class, 10:15 total.