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    cat 3. i raced. i won!

    my first win. felt good. planned the first part of my season around this race. i have rode for 2 years as of this month and this is my second year of racing. the course is slightly down hill until the last 1.75km where it climbs 100m.
    today was windy as hell, strong head and crosswinds in 2 directions and 600m over 6 laps. everyone stayed safe and courtious even though there were a few dangerous sections where the speeds were high in some twisty sections. the peleton stayed together pretty well throughout the race. i made my move at the bottom of the steep finish and it payed off.

    course map here: http://www.stcatharinescc.com/2009%2...ce%20Guide.pdf

    results here: senoir3/junior men

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    Good show! And as you have figured out the "engine" and it's controller are more important than the bike.
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    Congrats on winning, but that was more of a ramble than a real race report!
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    awesome work !

    what area is your primary training focus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfasterr View Post
    awesome work !

    what are is your primary training focus?

    what do you mean by that??

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyguy View Post
    what do you mean by that??
    typo...

    how do you train?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fordfasterr View Post
    typo...

    how do you train?

    i train alone w/ a heart rate monitor. we have no hills where i live, but we have wind all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyguy View Post
    i train alone w/ a heart rate monitor. we have no hills where i live, but we have wind all the time.
    Cyclist Training Bible. 450hrs this year.
    awesome.


    in prep. for this race, what hr zones did you primarily train in?
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    i ride tuesday steady zone 4 , wed zone 2, thurs back to zone 4 w/ a different workout , sat. zone 4-5 reps and finish off long ride in zone 2, sun short ride zone 2 endurance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyguy View Post
    i have rode for 2 years as of this month and this is my second year of racing.
    Congrats and that is pretty impressive to be a winning cat 3 already only after 2 years.

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    Nice.

    Structured training paid off for you.

    Stay health and good luck at your next race.
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    Congrats!

    The 2nd one is on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyguy View Post
    my first win. felt good. planned the first part of my season around this race. i have rode for 2 years as of this month and this is my second year of racing. the course is slightly down hill until the last 1.75km where it climbs 100m.
    today was windy as hell, strong head and crosswinds in 2 directions and 600m over 6 laps. everyone stayed safe and courtious even though there were a few dangerous sections where the speeds were high in some twisty sections. the peleton stayed together pretty well throughout the race. i made my move at the bottom of the steep finish and it payed off.

    course map here: http://www.stcatharinescc.com/2009%2...ce%20Guide.pdf

    results here: senoir3/junior men

    http://www.ontariocycling.org/web_pa...cresults_1.htm
    Nicely done!!!!

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    congratulations.

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    very cool. Keep up the good work!
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    Congrats. A Cat 3 win in your second year of racing is fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    Congrats. A Cat 3 win in your second year of racing is fantastic.
    Yup, this is evidence of the "could I be a pro?" thread. This sort of result is not typical. At least for me. I've got the stereotypical geometry of a racer: 1.9lbs/in, week upperbody, not small quads. I ride 10+ hours weekly, with a training plan. But here I am, four years into racing (3 years mtn, 1 year road) and still can't get top 3 even in sport/cat5 races. This guy is a genetic oddity that has the potential to go far. I wish him well. stinkin' sob

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    Hello,

    Nice. Sometimes you do everything right and things go right. Good for you.
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    thanks for all the praise guys. i have been internetless for a week and haven't been able to follow the thread.

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    Great job! That is a huge number of hours this year, did i read 450 hours correctly. I think that likely helped in the RR as I am a Cat 3 who upgraded Cat 5 to Cat 3 in my first 12 months racing, but I train 8 hours/wk. To get 450 hours this year, how many hours do you train per week?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgearhart View Post
    Great job! That is a huge number of hours this year, did i read 450 hours correctly. I think that likely helped in the RR as I am a Cat 3 who upgraded Cat 5 to Cat 3 in my first 12 months racing, but I train 8 hours/wk. To get 450 hours this year, how many hours do you train per week?
    450 hours / 52 weeks = 8.7 hours / week

    Take a couple weeks off for recovery and you're looking at 9 hours / week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    450 hours / 52 weeks = 8.7 hours / week

    Take a couple weeks off for recovery and you're looking at 9 hours / week.
    Has he trained 450 hours so far or is 450 the total he plans on training this year??

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    i plan for 450 total for the whole year.

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    Ah. Gotcha. Thank you, sir.

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    Dont mean to rain on the parade. The OP is Canadian, they start at Cat 4.

    Congrats on the win! They come far and few between!

    edit: a solo win by 16 sec? Not bad! So when are you going to stop sandbagging :-P
    Last edited by SwimBike; 05-26-09 at 09:48 PM.

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