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Training Log Archive: veinbuster

In the 1 days ending Aug 27, 2021:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Road cycle1 7:28:40 124.51(3:36) 200.38(2:14) 123
  flexibility1 10:00
  Total2 7:38:40 124.51 200.38 123

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Friday Aug 27, 2021 #

5 AM

flexibility 10:00 [1]

Just the essentials so I could get out early.
6 AM

Road cycle (Basso) 7:28:40 intensity: (13:08 @1) + (46:06 @2) + (3:32:20 @3) + (2:44:55 @4) + (12:11 @5) 200.38 km (2:14 / km) +123m 2:14 / km
ahr:137 max:175 shoes: D2 2D action blue road

Ride To Conquer Cancer day 1 (or 3 counting my June outings).

I went out a day early because the weekend forecast is dodgy, with decent odds of rain and guaranteed to be hot and humid. I planned to do a double age and see if I felt good enough to redo the Hammer (a century).

I had gathered everything last night, but it still took a while to load the truck and get my compression sorted. I got to the Marsh just before the sun came over the trees, in fact 400m before. The look in my mirror was quite spectacular, but not one that photos particularly well on my old iPhone.

The cycling farmers beat me and were parked in the ditch and pulling carrots when I went by 10 minutes after sunrise. The plan was to go at a sustainable pace. I rarely got my heart over 151 - the spike in interval 27/28 is false. A recurrence of the anomaly that went away for a while after replacing the strap battery. I did later wonder if it is duration related. Maybe I just get it too salty around the 4 hour mark. It also briefly dropped out 3 times that I noticed. Probably time for a new strap.

I keep from getting depressed about how far I still had to go, I measured progress against first age, then second age, then Hammer. It made the whole thing feel pretty doable.

For the first age, I tended to run in the 140s watts range. The second was in more traffic, with more corners, so naturally dropped to the 130s. I deliberately did NOT push hard to get back up to speed, which I do on shorter rides. I had lunch with Mrs after the second age.

I felt pretty good so committed to the Hammer, and told her I might do both days distance. A few things played into that. First, back in 2016, I wondered if I was strong enough to do the Alberta ride out and back on the same day. I didn’t try because I didn’t want to be on busy road, including a stretch of the Trans Canada on my own. Second, I had contemplated doing 3 age ride on the equinox and it would be silly to stop 5 km short of 200km. Third, a guitar playing, cyclist friend in Norway, said earlier this summer he thought his next challenge would be 200km, so I felt it was appropriate to encourage him by doing it myself.

Back to the ride, as I approached the Hammer distance, it became clear that a decent amount of blood was stuck in my legs, so I stopped watching power and set a peak heart rate of 145. That did bring my power down another 10 watts or so, not a big deal given I wasn’t being timed. I still felt good passing the century, so planned the next 40km - I mean I only had 1/5 of the distance left.

Same strategy, but traffic started getting terrible. Far too many people were zooming through the Marsh to beat the commuter/cottager congestion. Fair enough given the 400 was moving pretty close to my speed, but racing through intersections at nearly double the speed limit (50) is scary stuff. So NEVER go there after about 2pm, at least of Friday. So I slowed a bit more, just so I had capacity to react.

The last 20km I decided to just grupetto to the finish. I looped through quieter road as much as possible. I felt tired finishing, and just sat slowly eating the banana I forgot to put on the bike, but pretty good.

Getting home, I noticed the extra time stressing the compression glue points was hard on my upper thighs. A couple of days and it will be back to normal. 40 minutes on my Normatech has my legs close to normal again.

I don’t expect to ride this far again, with the possible exception of a special event, or a 6 hour race.

Bottom lone: I’ve done the full ride distance, so can bow to the weather on the weekend. An easy age if things look good.

Age rides 44, 45, 46

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