There is a sprint race coming up in a few weeks, and I'd like to train for it specifically. I'm hoping to do much better than the last time, possibly in the top 3, and at least have a good chance of winning it altogether. If you could recommend a training plan for me, I'd really appreciate it and try my best to follow it - plus post a race-report afterwards. Thanks... so here's the parameters:
The race is coming up, May 3rd. It will be held at night - 11pm (qualifications) and end whenever it ends. Not sure how large the field is, but the last time this was done we started with 24 competitors in the 'geared' category. I passed the quals, ended up 8th place. Not that bad. This is purely an urban-style race... no licensing needed. If any of you local SoCalers want to come out of the woodwork and dominate some urban racers, I highly encourage it! Entry fee is $5 as of now.
This is not a field sprint race. It's from a standing start (bikes held by judges, released at the call). Length will be .38 miles, approximately, and all in a tunnel (no wind).
The favourites range from a former Cat 2 racer (and current mechanic for Rock Racing) to a guy who has been racing track (with wins and podium finishes)...
I'm not riding with a power meter, and don't have a coach. Just haven't made the purchase yet ($$$$) Sorry. I do have a basic cyclo-computer, however...
Should be done with the rebuild of my bike of choice by Saturday, it could potentially be around 17 lbs. Wheels are light-ish at 1500g, somewhat aero (30mm niobium, hidden nipples, smooooooth hubs)
My specialties are climbing - of which I'm very, very good (and have beaten everyone at so far)... but I can't currently sprint worth sh*t (in my opinion).
Currently 150 lbs, 5'8" frame. Not sure if that will help you help me, but I might as well put it out there.
So... I've got 22 days from now until the race...
Any ideas/tips/plans of action?
Thanks in advance, I really appreciate this.