Went back out to the same Whitnall Park course today; Round Two.
I ride out there about 12 miles easy....then begin the laps. Last time I did seven laps, today I did 10 laps. Remember, this course is just under a mile and has the one sharp, 90-degree turn into an uphill that's tough.
Here's what I learned today:
1. My biggest flaw in cornering appears to be not looking THROUGH the turn. When I DO that, it seems I execute a must smoother turn there.
2. I can't get uphill worth a damn.
3. My HRM is set for a training zone of 135 bpm low end and 160 bpm high end. I have a max somewhere around 177. I was so sick of hearing the double beeps indicating I was out of the high end of my zone that I just shut the thing off. Usual ride, about a 131 Ave. HR....today, a whopping 146.
4. I wore a second watch just to see what racing this course for 15 minutes felt like. I learned today that a crit doing laps like this for only 15 minutes is nothing. That's the time they have given this support race I am in on the 16th. This, to me, translates into one thing on race day....warm up plenty and go out there and hit it....hit it hard from the start. It's only 15 minutes!
So today I did 10 laps in 35 minutes.
Then, since it was nice outside and I had some extra time I continued to ride my usual route. On top of that I hooked up with a hammer on the way back for a while.
Some dude in a plain red jersey and what looked like a purple bike was ahead of me. I was working at 19's into the wind and he was pulling away. Finally I got closer when he had to stop for traffic. Then I was able to catch him finally at 21 mph.
I got up next to him and said, "I owe you a pull." He said, "OK, I'll latch on."
It turned out great. Instead of just limping home after my tought 10 laps on the race course, now I was working hard, pushing myself again pulling this guy. Then he took a stretch. We were working together with some pretty stiff wind 15+ at about 22 mph.
All in all...pretty pleased with the workout.
Ended up with a total of 40 miles at 17.5 ave. mph.
Feedback on my cornering drills at all?
Seems to me I'm learning that crit racing, while it may be about a lot of things, is mostly going to be about accelerations and cornering.