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Old 08-31-11, 01:51 PM   #1301
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Dang, and I just had a chance to kill two birds with one stone, since I rode with coach last Saturday, after doing a yoga class on the beach with her on Friday.
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Last TT practice before the race. 10 miles, pancake-flat, 10-ish mph wind from the SSW (quartering headwind/tailwind, depending if you were going out or back). 25:10 -- shaved :20 from my last best time. Must be due to wearing the aero shoe covers.
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Last TT practice before the race. 10 miles, pancake-flat, 10-ish mph wind from the SSW (quartering headwind/tailwind, depending if you were going out or back). 25:10 -- shaved :20 from my last best time. Must be due to wearing the aero shoe covers.
Yeup - it's the shoe covers! Of course, the proper color of shoe colors is guaranteed to shave at least :05 off of your PB.... :~)
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I need to buy some of those magic shoe covers.
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Yeup - it's the shoe covers! Of course, the proper color of shoe colors is guaranteed to shave at least :05 off of your PB.... :~)
Black. The bike is red, white, black. Black is the new black.
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Nicely done Red.
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See you Sunday. Want to do a post-race meal or something? I'm open. Chris is headed to Indian Valley for hang gliding. I have tons of free time. After a fashion, that is.
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Hi,

Red Rider, sounds like you're moving down (time-wise) the learning curve very well with your time trial results.

As for me, today I rode the road course that I will get to race on Sunday. It was kind of ugly based on my current climbing fitness (which was my main goal for improvement before my crash). Yesterday was the TT and I did worse than I expected. I wasn't DFL so my streak of beating at least one person in a TT is intact.

Tomorrow is the crit which will be on a relatively narrow, 1.2 Km, downtown, rectangular course. If it's anything like today's Men 60-64 crit I will be in trouble. That race was pretty exciting to watch as several riders were very aggressive. Twenty-seven riders started and only 10 were on the lead lap at the bell and only 8 were in the lead pack. Dave LeDuc from North Carolina won it in a tight sprint.

A field finish will be nice tomorrow but I think I'll have to ride pretty aggressively to manage that.
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Hi,

Red Rider, sounds like you're moving down (time-wise) the learning curve very well with your time trial results.

As for me, today I rode the road course that I will get to race on Sunday. It was kind of ugly based on my current climbing fitness (which was my main goal for improvement before my crash). Yesterday was the TT and I did worse than I expected. I wasn't DFL so my streak of beating at least one person in a TT is intact.

Tomorrow is the crit which will be on a relatively narrow, 1.2 Km, downtown, rectangular course. If it's anything like today's Men 60-64 crit I will be in trouble. That race was pretty exciting to watch as several riders were very aggressive. Twenty-seven riders started and only 10 were on the lead lap at the bell and only 8 were in the lead pack. Dave LeDuc from North Carolina won it in a tight sprint.

A field finish will be nice tomorrow but I think I'll have to ride pretty aggressively to manage that.
Sounds like the crit course is really fast. Best of luck in both races!
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Cleave, get after it! I know you'll do well.
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Did a pyramid workout yesterday starting at z1 and going up to bridging power and then back down to z2 and then up again. I did two sets. Today, I did 3x10 minute z3 power intervals on my TT bike. The weather both days was perfect. I weighed in this morning at 167.4.
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All the best to you, Cleave. I'm sure you'll do well. You've done all the prep you can, given your crash, you weren't DFL in the TT, and you may find redemption in the crit. My money's on you.

BTW, thanks for the encouragement. The guys that run the TT practice told Chris (aka c_gallagh, my husband) that I've shown more improvement than anyone else this year. That's flattering to hear, and excellent feedback, as it means my training is paying off.

The truth will be Sunday.

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Did a pyramid workout yesterday starting at z1 and going up to bridging power and then back down to z2 and then up again. I did two sets. Today, I did 3x10 minute z3 power intervals on my TT bike. The weather both days was perfect. I weighed in this morning at 167.4.
Good grief, eat a sandwich already!

When's your next event?
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Cyclo cross season opened up today. Cross season is usually visualized in the mud and colder weather. Today brought sunny skies with 94 degree temps over a tinder dry course. I wasn't mentally ready for the temps or the intense 40 minute race. I spent the past two days in Columbus finishing up adding a bathroom in my son's basement and am not used to working a physical 10 hour/day job.

New this year in the B race which is now 2 different races with my group the 45+ combined with the the 35+ making up one race and the open B and expert women racing in the other. We had a field of around 55 racers with 24 racing in my division. I had a great start and was in the top 15 near the end of the first lap. Because of the hard start I was red lining going into a twisty/turny section and made a bobble and ended up crashing at 5 mph and knocking the chain off. That cost me at least 8 hard earned spots, after that I needed a little bit to recover then got into a nice groove for the next 3 laps. On the last lap I had a little left in the tank and was able to pass a few guys who were in worse straights than me. I ended up 9th in the 45+ race and probably qualified for oldest racer in the B field which means nothing as the winner of the race was a 55 yr mtb'er.
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My next event is the 4K team pursuit at Elite Nationals at the LA Velodrome in Carson, CA.
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Esparto Time Trial from the perspective of the first loser.

In other words, second place.

Just as I planned.
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Here is a Youtube of the sand pit at Saturday's cross race. I had a good start and was the 10th rider @ 15 seconds (in the black kit) through the first time. Due to my fused ankle I can't run like the other guys and have to do my special suffle. I can also be seen wrestling the bike at 2:22 into the video. On the final lap I was by myself and decided to try to ride through the sand and almost made the entire pit except for needing just 2 or 3 more pedal strokes. I decided to race on my mtb since the course had a lot of rooty single track and some gravel roads and pathways. The Master's race had 35+, 45+ and single speed all mixed together.

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Esparto Time Trial from the perspective of the first loser.

In other words, second place.

Just as I planned.
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Here is a Youtube of the sand pit at Saturday's cross race. I had a good start and was the 10th rider @ 15 seconds (in the black kit) through the first time. Due to my fused ankle I can't run like the other guys and have to do my special suffle. I can also be seen wrestling the bike at 2:22 into the video. On the final lap I was by myself and decided to try to ride through the sand and almost made the entire pit except for needing just 2 or 3 more pedal strokes. I decided to race on my mtb since the course had a lot of rooty single track and some gravel roads and pathways. The Master's race had 35+, 45+ and single speed all mixed together.

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Looks like folks were getting a wee bit tired as time went by. Looks grueling, but fun.
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Did a 48 mile group ride Sat, then 80 miles of base today. Started late, at about 7:30. The sun tried to kill me, but I survived.
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I liked the video. I was watching the dismount technique coming into the sand pit. It seemed like the racers who ran through the sand fared better than those that tried to ride through it but failed.
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I liked the video. I was watching the dismount technique coming into the sand pit. It seemed like the racers who ran through the sand fared better than those that tried to ride through it but failed.
The sand pits are always different. If you can ride through them there can be a time savings over dis-mounting and mounting. I think most guys try to figure it out before the race. Early on when everyone is lined up in the pit it is best to just run through. At the same race last year the course went straight through the pit back onto grass with a 180 turn then right back through the sand again. If you didn't get off the bike you saved a lot of time.
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The yellow bike, right? You were moving well, I thought, AJ. Wow, did that look like a workout, though. The weather appeared to be rather warm, too - lots of open jerseys.

I'll bet that sand is a real mama when it's wet.
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