By the 3rd race I pretty much had the training down so that I could blow all my energy in :30. I was able to average 178 bpm in :33 minutes Is that about right for a cross race? Obviously I didn't have the power yet as I fininshed 3 mins behind the leader at 33/35.
2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
Yup. When I race, I typically average 165-170 bpm and I'm in my mid-40's. I've spoken to many top riders and they will tell you that cross really pushes your "puke factor". Btw the metallic taste is from breathing hard in the cold - it causes your bronchioles tubes to swell and secrete mucus. No big deal and it's a natural body reaction.