Road cycle (Basso) 1:29:25 44.29 km (2:01 / km) +22m2:01 / km ahr:156 max:168 shoes: D2 2D
It was quite windy, but I went out it what might be one of the last sleeveless temperature days of the year. My only objective was to practice maintaining a decent power level over a longer period. I set a target of 160 watt average into the wind and a 150 watt average with the wind.
My heart rate stayed mostly in the 153-160 range and it felt like I could ride at that level of effort for quite a while. I think 150 would be high to sustain over a 12 hour race, but might work for a 6 hour.
I did set a new post DVT best for 40km, which was nice given that I wasn't really putting in a TT level effort. I might tackle that time next summer, but perhaps only every second week.
I bailed after that to get Mrs to the market before my fancy donuts were scheduled to arrive.
Mountain bike (Giro) 2:48:51 56.01 km (3:01 / km) +357m2:55 / km ahr:138 max:161 shoes: Specialized S Works Mountain
I hadn’t ridden to Spirit Tree yet this year, so with rain forecast to wait until 3pm, I decided I had time to pick up some Pumpkin Cider for Bazil’s parents.
I missed the turn for where I meant to park so started a bit closer to the cidery than usual. The ride out was relaxed. When I stopped for a text chat with Flight, an old guy caught me and wanted to learn more about the recumbent and noted that it was “pretty fast”. When I got to Spirit Tree, another guy stopped by to learn about the bike.
I went in to get a snack and some cider and as I packed up my trunk it started to rain. Too bad I hadn’t repacked my rain jacket after having gotten the bike back from a loan out. I did put my vest back on and walked under a shelter to eat a pumpkin tart. I could see blue in the sky so stayed hopeful.
As soon as the rain stopped, I hopped on to the soaked seat for the return. I thought I would make the most of the break and started at a brisk pace. About a third of the way back, it started to pour and I got wet fast enough that there was no point in rushing. About 10km later the rain stopped for long enough that I got the bike back on the truck. Safe inside for the third shower, but cold and wet by the time I got home.
The weather did play havoc with my altimeter. The chart shows a much bigger climb than the trail actually has, and then a big drop to Holland Marsh level. Attackpoint usually corrects that sort of thing, but must not have trail specifics.
Road cycle (Basso) 2:07:27 53.52 km (2:23 / km) +522m2:16 / km ahr:145 max:171 shoes: D2 2D
A bit chilly for the first hour at 8C, but the wind wasn’t too bad and I had frequent sunny breaks...so a nice fall ride in the hills.
I focused on maintaining a reasonable power level in all intervals. I think 140-150 watts might be sustainable for a 6 hour race, though no guessing when those might be running in a jurisdiction I’m willing to visit in the next year.
I just looked at average power while riding, but saw after the ride that each interval had a hill that took my power up into the 350-400 watt range. Not huge power, but it is satisfying to know I can push to that level without ratcheting my heart rate up.