Road cycle race (Basso) 45:44 24.2 km (1:53 / km) +7m1:53 / km ahr:159 max:175 shoes: D2 2D
Cruzbike TT Challenge week 21 OFFICIAL
The Flight Test
Flight and the yyc crew were pretty sure I could go a lot faster. She went out with me to encourage me to reach my potential. She went ahead to confirm blind corners were clear and reminded me where to keep pushing. I really wanted to beat the guy who stole KOM on my segment, which would mean all 9 minute intervals.
First interval into the wind: right on pace. Maintain pace through the two corners helped. Second interval into the wind was a bit slow, maybe a couple of slow corners, but probably my habitual slacking off.
Third interval had lots of corners, some of which I took a bit slow even with a guide, but I milked the tailwind and gained some time back on my target. Fourth interval had a nice long tailwind section I built a buffer on and Flight reminded me to finish out the last kilometre, 500 metres, sprint - I failed most of the sprint but got up to speed to cross the line with my max heart rate.
Job done. Good chance of top of podium for the last week.
35:44 Past times 38:07 38:27 39:05 39:20 40:05 below on Giro 41:46 42:02 42:32 43:04 43:30 43:43 44:01 44:20 44:40 45:00 45:20 45:50 46:50 47:55 48:16 (middle chainring)
Road cycle race (Basso) 55:28 26.98 km (2:03 / km) +9m2:03 / km ahr:152 max:173 shoes: D2 2D
Cruzbike TT Challenge week 21 bonus ride
I thought I should be able to trim a bit more time off my personal best in the light wind this morning, so went out to give it a shot. South wind meant a tiny bit more work outbound.
I decided to target 175 watts outbound, and cap my heart rate at 165. That worked out well and I had a tiny gain into the light wind. I’ve noticed my 2nd interval tends to be slower and suspect that is because the 2 tightest corners are on that stretch.
I planned to maintain about the same power on the return, expecting to be a hint quicker. 4th interval power is down a bit, probably the long complex turn onto Dufferin where a tractor blew through the 4 way stop - my Farmin showed the average power down quite a bit until I got onto the long north straight.
Finished 13 seconds better than Monday, for a 24 second gain this week - perhaps good enough for another podium. So far the Basso has been on the podium every week.
Road cycle56:30 26.98 km (2:06 / km) +7m2:05 / km ahr:152 max:172
Cruzbike TT Challenge week 21
A stronger wind that I wanted for my final run, but I went out to see how it felt and reserved the right to do intervals in preparation for a Thursday/Friday TT.
First interval objective was to stay close to last week’s average without pushing my heart rate too high. It took a bit more power than I wanted to start out with, but I felt strong enough to hold it.
The second interval has most of the slow corners, and half the headwind, so I lost a bit of time but was comfortable with maintaining that power level and managing a loss I could make up on the return.
Interval 3 was about milking the short Tailwind sections and keeping my heart rate in a range I could hold for 20 minutes - basically I tried to keep it out of the 170s. One tractor meant I needed to bank some more time in the last interval.
Interval 4 had a nice tailwind strip that I used to make up time I would drop in two corners. Again, I managed the heart rate in the 160s so I could push up the tiny grade to close out the course, where I hit my heart rate peak.
Very happy with all personal bests. Now back to my normal routine.
37:56 Past times 38:07 38:27 39:05 39:20 40:05 below on Giro 41:46 42:02 42:32 43:04 43:30 43:43 44:01 44:20 44:40 45:00 45:20 45:50 46:50 47:55 48:16 (middle chainring)