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    Tysons Corner Cat 4--DrPete gets his confidence back

    Today was a good day.

    I didn't realize just how much I'd had my confidence shaken by my last race 2 weeks ago. Suddenly I was questioning my fitness, my tactics, my bike handling, you name it. So today's race was a big chance to get back on track, and I did it. Today's race is an hour around a 1.1 mile loop with 3 90's, a long descent, and a big-ring climb up to the finish.

    I warmed up smarter than my last race. I took a couple quick laps around the course at a recovery pace, then kept my warmup on the trainer to control it a bit better. Also, after being one of the last guys to the line at the last race, I was determined not to let that happen again. I lined up in the front row this time...

    Right off the line, one of my teammates attacked. Convenient, because I fumbled around with my clip-in and lost some ground. There was a good amount of attacking, but they all got reeled in. With about 10 laps to go, the good stuff starts happening.

    Good thing #1: The most viable break I've ever been a part of. I see a guy off the front taking a solo flyer, and take advantage of the post-climb resting and a little momentum through turn 1 to attack the pack. I fly around turn 2 and catch the solo flyer on the descent. I look back and hell, we've actually got a decent gap! So I keep on truckin' trying to get the break to stick. We put a little more time into the pack, but keeping the speed up with a 2-man break up the climb was tough. By the 3rd time up the hill, the pack is fighting for a prime, we're both ready to blow up, and we're caught.

    Good thing #2: Enduring the pain. After I got caught, I was in PAIN. I kinda let myself drift to the back of the pack and think "hmm... I'll recover here for a little while." Then I realize I'm having trouble even staying ON the back. Come on, Pete, stay on it. A little pain now saves a lot more than going OTB. So I spend a couple laps with my inner voice screaming at me to hang on, and by the 3rd trip down the descent I got my legs back.

    Good thing #3: I managed to work my way back up the pack in the last 5 laps to take a run at the sprint. I didn't do a fantastic job keeping my position on the descent and into turn 3, so I actually ended up in 30th-40th at the base of the climb. I managed to drop the hammer and pick a decent line to finish 19th out of 100 starters and 63 finishers.

    All in all, a good day, and most of all I got some good experience in the break, digging deep to get recovered, and staying reasonably competitive to the finish. Time to go look at the Powertap file... Only bummer is that my PT went to sleep at the start line and I didn't notice it till 2-3 laps into the race... Oh well.

    Also, great to meet rapidcarbon and MDcatV out there--MDcatV's team put on a great show in the 3's race...

    Here's the lowdown from the PT for the race (minus 2 laps)...

    Time: 55:17 (again, missing a couple laps)
    Average Power: 225 Max: 1212
    Normalized power 317W, IF 1.053 (Might be time for another round of testing...)
    Last edited by DrPete; 04-01-07 at 03:38 PM.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Tysons must be a soulless place to ride...
    Die schokoladenseite des radfahrens.

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    excellent.
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    I just had the best tuna sandwiches ever.
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    OK Pete,

    Now that you have your MoJo back, repeat this line before your next race:

    My name is Doctorus Pete Maximus, surgeon of the Armies of the North, captain of the BF Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Giovanni Pinarello. Father to an unborn son, husband to a bike-widowed wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    OK Pete,

    Now that you have your MoJo back, repeat this line before your next race:

    My name is Doctorus Pete Maximus, surgeon of the Armies of the North, captain of the BF Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Giovanni Pinarello. Father to an unborn son, husband to a bike-widowed wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.


    Has someone been reading quotes from "Gladiator" somewhere?

    Welcome back.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete


    Has someone been reading quotes from "Gladiator" somewhere?

    Welcome back.


    Or the The Princess Bride

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    nice work. nice read. good day, indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefox
    Tysons must be a soulless place to ride...
    It's easy, though--go fast, take a left at the nondescript office building.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthalpic
    Or the The Princess Bride
    Wasn't that Inigo Montoya?

    Quote Originally Posted by IM
    Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Way to go Pete! Now when RoJo drops the hammer on his next race both my inspirations will be back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthalpic


    Or the The Princess Bride
    Maximus would beat Mr. Tightpants' arse any day of the week, and thrice on Sunday

    Keep it up Doc.

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    Way to go doc! I love your reports because I can see such great progress from when you were ust a little weedhopper cat 5!! Keep it up!

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    DrPete are you really a doctor? What kind?

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    Good work, Doc!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN
    DrPete are you really a doctor? What kind?
    General surgeon. Hopefully a vascular surgeon in a couple years.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    General surgeon. Hopefully a vascular surgeon in a couple years.
    It's just that I got this curious bump on my..



    How does a doc post so much?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN
    How does a doc post so much?!
    I've got the "year off," i.e. working in a research lab until july. Lots of idle computer time, along with other luxuries like weekends, sleeping at night, and the like.
    Last edited by DrPete; 04-01-07 at 04:06 PM.
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    I can't believe how high your VI is. It's amazing. You must have a whole lot more anaerobic work capacity than I do. Seriously, in today's race I wasn't pedaling for a whopping 19% of the time and I spent 33% of the time above 375 watts (which is my Anaerobic Zone) yet my VI was still only 1.04.

    --Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo
    I can't believe how high your VI is. It's amazing. You must have a whole lot more anaerobic work capacity than I do. Seriously, in today's race I wasn't pedaling for a whopping 19% of the time and I spent 33% of the time above 375 watts (which is my Anaerobic Zone) yet my VI was still only 1.04.

    --Steve
    It takes a lot of watts to accelerate my big a$$ up the road...

    Really, though, one thing that always surprises me is the fact that just about all of my races are all about anaerobic endurance. I mean, I've never hit a high for 1-minute or 5-minute power in a race--I have to test those specifically on training rides. Maybe it's a style difference or something...

    Hey, wait a sec--I didn't post my VI. But it was 1.41...
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Nice ride and report!
    "I'm going to work so that it's a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one who can win it"......a quote from my hero Steve Prefontaine

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Really, though, one thing that always surprises me is the fact that just about all of my races are all about anaerobic endurance. I mean, I've never hit a high for 1-minute or 5-minute power in a race--I have to test those specifically on training rides. Maybe it's a style difference or something...
    I posted about this a few days ago. In a crit, I'm definitely limited by AC rather than FTP.

    Hey, wait a sec--I didn't post my VI. But it was 1.41...
    Since I knew your average watts and your normalized watts, I was able to do the math. But seriously, I've never ever seen a VI that high. Not even close. What I'm guessing is that you're able to do a lot of work in the 2x FTP range whereas I'm only able to do anaerobic work in the 1.2 to 1.5 times FTP range.

    --Steve

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    Congrats Dr. Pete! I wanted to make it out there, but with no car, it's a bit of a hike.

    Great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo
    Since I knew your average watts and your normalized watts, I was able to do the math. But seriously, I've never ever seen a VI that high. Not even close. What I'm guessing is that you're able to do a lot of work in the 2x FTP range whereas I'm only able to do anaerobic work in the 1.2 to 1.5 times FTP range.

    --Steve
    Well, here's a representative shot of the race... A couple quick, hard efforts, a steady climb, and a long descent.

    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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