if serious, yes his glasses broke when he made contact with the tree.
if not, just remember kid, you could shoot an eye out with that thing.
2014 goals that I sent to my coach - I'm refining as some of these aren't specific enough and these are all in a vacuum meaning they ignore the context of team success, which will impact some of the results oriented goals:
race aggressively as an integral part of the elite team i'm on and contribute to our success
win a race, then another, and then another
2 peak season - 1st peak in May/2nd late July/early August
make winning break at <local> road race in May (this is a P12 race and a favorite race by many in our area, it's probably my biggest "stretch" goal)
sub 56 minutes at 40K TT (i'll need to shave almost 2' off my existing time but existing time was actually 1st 40K TT I've ever done so I thnk it's doable although it's also a stretch goal)
podium at district masters 35+ crit
podium at district masters 35+ rr
finish with main group at district sr rr championship (this is a climby race and usually has representation from guys - kids - who race nationally so this might be my most outlandish goal believe it or not)
You like doing sprint intervals though. And hate doing 20 minute intervals. And your TT bike needs some work on the fit. So you go out and do sprint intervals, and maybe once a week you'll do a 20 minute interval. When you go on group rides rather than sit on the front and pull the field around, you sit in and wait for the sprints. You justify both of these actions by telling yourself you want to keep your sprint sharp and hey, you did that one 20m interval last week so you don't want to overdo it.
Then you get 56th in the TT and tell everyone how you suck at TT's.
What you needed to do was get on the TT bike, and hammer out a bunch of 20 minute intervals. You need to work on pacing, and ride all the TT's you can. Not the entire solution, but an example of more appropriate training to get good at TT's.
That's the self directed fib.
The external misstep is listening to bad advice. You are going to race a bunch of 40 minute crits and one road race next year. You go through the threads and see lots of advice to "ride lots" and people talking about big base rides. Or you have a clueless coach who has you doing 5 hour mountain rides. So you do this. You come into the first crit and get spit out the back. And the second. And you also notice you're tired.
What you should have been doing was high intensity, short, sharp efforts, working on your sprint, Etc.
The human body is pretty malleable. I had a teammate who had done RAAM a bunch of times, then decided he wanted to become a sprinter. He worked with weights and on sprint drills. They ended up force upgrading him out of the 4's because he kept taking all the primes. He wasn't going to improve his sprint doing RAAM training. He had a training bucket (time/stamina) that was "X" big. He put the right stuff in the bucket.
While this seems obvious stated as such, people are pretty good at pretzel logic. A fair bit of the advice on this forum should end with "because that's what I like to do". The better stuff to follow is "because that's what produced success".
But there are times when it would be advantageous for me to have a little more snap and acceleration. Getting a gap so I'm not dragging 5 guys with me across a bridge effort, or at the end of the race when the 5-man break is sprinting for placings, that sort of stuff.
I would guess the key is to actually work on that duration effort and try to build muscle/improve technique. But I've never thought about how much time, or how many times/week (2? 3? add a little in on every day?), would be the best to improve it.
Is this race a crash fest? Quite a bit of DNFs.
if it's a breakaway course, i may give it a shot, if nothing else, for training
poolesville a crash fest? no. although i crashed there once, same day i got hit by a car warming up.
DNFs are because it's a hard race!
and echappist, what am I ever going to do with you. EVERY course can be a breakaway course. the racers make the race.
are you going to join a team this year or what?
Also try going for the sprints on Spectrum ride or something similar. That part will help you with getting comfortable in close quarters while ramping up/sprinting, and also timing/positioning. Timing and positioning are probably just as important as the actual numbers you put down, if not moreso.
Hitting the weights would probably help too.
snarky, snarky, snarky
isn't it interesting how the goals that my prove to be the most challenging are often not the ones that sound (to someone else) the most impressive?
also, nice to read some specifics. hard to objectively measure how 'aggressive' one is, but maybe it's like pornography….you know it when you see it.
6x15" sprints, once per week should be plenty. 5' or more between them, as it takes that long before the lactate starts clearing. By the 6th one, you should start to feel a little nauseous from all the work your liver is doing to keep your blood clean. This goes away after a few minutes though.
Also, with a goal of getting a separation, are you jumping from the front, or back a ways? Always better to have a 5mph advantage on the front guys when they first see you. Are you sure you're putting in a maximal effort for the separations? How does the first 5" look compared to your best?
I actually raced with him. He seemed 'ok.'