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    what NOT to do before Hill TT

    I just came back from Mt. Diablo TT. So here is my cautionary tale of what not to do. On Tuesday I did a crit in Davis, after that I stayed off the bike because of a business trip. On Thursday evening I had this brilliant idea of trying out hotels gym, I ran for a while (I don't run!), tried the stepping machine, even one of those pedaling machines (I hated it with a passion). Came back late Friday, calf muscles still sore from Thursdays "work out'. Hmm you think I might have over did it with unfamiliar exercises? I think so. Went to bed around 1am. As I was falling a sleep a strange thought crossed my mind, did I remember to swap 11/23 for something that won't destroy my knees on a climb? If you guessed no, then you are correct. Swapped out the cassette and passed out on a bed.

    Woke up at 5:30am, feeling somewhat sick. No biggie I always feel that way when I wake up so early. It goes away after few minutes. I get to the parking lot with registration table around 7:10 still feeling sick (might have been a new cereal I had in the morning). Get to the registration table around 7:15, there is a line exiting the parking lot and going around the fence. My start time is around 8am. oops. Around 7:40 and 5-6 people in front of me, they finally realized that there might be people with early start times that still don't have the numbers. So I and few other poor bastards got bumped to the front for processing. I set some kind of record for pinning the number to my jersey, and pumping up tires, hop on my bike and I'm off to a start line that is 1.6 miles away. Get there with few minutes to spare. Ride around in a futile attempt to wake up my legs.

    At a start line my HR is 164 just standing waiting for my turn. Not good, but I thought screw it. Nothing I can do about it now. Few seconds later I was off. About 1.5 miles before the finish line my legs decided to wake up. Yey, better late then never I guess. Overall my training hill climbs are faster then what my performance was at this TT. My body wasn't in it, my mind wasn't in it. Very disappointed, but I got my self in to this citation. So to summarize I'm an idiot, for not finding a way to do some rides on a business trip, doing a typical exercises before the race (my legs are hurting even today), going to bed late, eating new food in the morning, and showing up with only 50 minutes before my start. I don't do all these mistakes, but I guess my mind was somewhere else this week.

    The right things to do:
    Don't try new pre-race foods on a day of a race.
    Get plenty of sleep.
    Show up early so you have time to warm up. Take in to account that there might be a long line at the registration table.
    Stick to your training schedule and don't try something new right before the race.

    On a side note, I think I'm horrible at judging grades. I don't remember ridding up any 15% grades, that were mentioned in a flyer.

    So how was everyone else race weekend? I'm really looking forward Watsonville and Albany crits. If Davis crit is any indications, I improved drastically from last year.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
    The right things to do:
    Don't try new pre-race foods on a day of a race.
    Get plenty of sleep.
    Show up early so you have time to warm up. Take in to account that there might be a long line at the registration table.
    Stick to your training schedule and don't try something new right before the race.
    don't know how important the 'get plenty of sleep' part is. conventional wisdom, or not, it's not how you sleep the night before the event, but two nights before.

    out of curiousity, how long was the TT?

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    I did a semi tough group ride Thursday night that I thought effects would bleed into this mornings TT. They didn't, my legs felt good.
    The day before a race I don't ride and IF I do then the race was unplanned last minute or it's around neighborhood Fri night to adjust seat etc. It seems if I ride hard Between Sun. and Thurs. I have a good Sat.
    I eat oatmeal if a morning race and drop a GU packet 1/2 hour to start.
    At least your heartrate was up when you started
    I feel like a soiled kleenex dropped in the gutter in the red-light district of Paris.

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    The days before a race don't make up the ideal time to 'try new things'

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    don't know how important the 'get plenty of sleep' part is. conventional wisdom, or not, it's not how you sleep the night before the event, but two nights before.

    out of curiousity, how long was the TT?
    Well if you are getting plenty of sleep in general then, not sleeping full 8 hours won't really effect your performance. I mainly ment it, so you can wake up easier and don't feel like crap for a while because of only 4 hours of sleep.
    It was 6.2 miles with elevatoin gain of 1740ft of climbing. According to they flyer.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
    Well if you are getting plenty of sleep in general then, not sleeping full 8 hours won't really effect your performance. I mainly ment it, so you can wake up easier and don't feel like crap for a while because of only 4 hours of sleep.
    It was 6.2 miles with elevatoin gain of 1740ft of climbing. According to they flyer.
    Well, you went out and did it, and in 105 oF heat no less! (well at least that was the temp in livermore today).

    I felt miserable so I just did an endurance instead of tempo ride and went home after 2.5 instead of 3 hours. It was way too hot.

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    I did the Diablo TT as well and, like you, got tied up in the monster registration line. I arrived well over an hour early and spent 30-35 minutes in line (and I pre-registered!). My warmup consisted of the 1.6 mile ride to the starting gate, with a couple of sprints along the way. As a result, my heart rate was at 165 before I even hit the hill. Oy!

    Anyhow, I think the lone 15% grade was on the inside of the last switchback. Other than that, it was a nice steady climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
    So how was everyone else race weekend? I'm really looking forward Watsonville and Albany crits. If Davis crit is any indications, I improved drastically from last year.
    I did two at Coyote and one at Lafeyette. Stooopid hot. Getting used to 95+ now though, four weeks in a row racing in 95-103 degree weather.

    Tenatively they are looking at having Pat Caurant's memorial ride the day before Albany so I'll probably see you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
    I did two at Coyote and one at Lafeyette. Stooopid hot. Getting used to 95+ now though, four weeks in a row racing in 95-103 degree weather.

    Tenatively they are looking at having Pat Caurant's memorial ride the day before Albany so I'll probably see you there.
    Vino, I expected to see you back in the 35+ race with me at Lafayette. I think it was close to 100 by the time we raced!

    Very sad about Pat, I only met him once but have read a lot about the great things he did. I'll be there for the memorial ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man
    Vino, I expected to see you back in the 35+ race with me at Lafayette. I think it was close to 100 by the time we raced!

    Very sad about Pat, I only met him once but have read a lot about the great things he did. I'll be there for the memorial ride.
    Pizza, congrats on the upgrade to 2. You sure earned it.

    I was cooked a bit after Coyote, so I just did the 45+ at Lafeyette. We went early, it was only 80-something.

    I took a couple of weeks off after Tour De Nez, I was absolutely fried mentally and physically. Right now I'm parcelling out efforts to get in good form for the District Masters up here (you coming up?). I hadn't planned on doing any races until then but with the memorial ride I figure I'll go ahead and do Albany.

    Tough year for the team, the rash of injuries and crashes are just footnotes to losing Dan and Pat. Both of them were the kind of people we could always use more of, quality individuals.

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