Like my other Southern compadres the track season has just finished. Although I will be racing road TT's through the winter, main focus till September will be only climbing mileage. As I will be spending 3 weeks in the USA riding as many cols as possible.
On returning I plan on using this altitude training block as the base for the next Summer track season. The National Masters Road Championships are in October which would put my climbing fitness to good use, but I'll be returning from the States with next to no additional leave remaining. So might not be able to take the time off work and make the 700km drive to Goulburn NSW.
If next years National Track Masters is being held on the East coast, I may fly up to race the pursuit, Scratch and Points. Would like to get my 3km pursuit into the mid 3:3X territory with training focussed to peak for this.
1:10 kilo at Hellyer, 1:09 or better at LA.
Under 12 f-200 at Hellyer, 11.5 at LA.
And fun, too.
Goals for this year... sub 1:07 kilo and 11.1 F200.
More time on a board track! :)
I have way too many options in where to go cause as they say...The only direction from the bottom is upwards.
a) Become more explosive from the starting gate
b) Be the one who drafts rather than the draftee, so to speak.
c) No longer fear Miss and Outs, cause I will not be the first pulled off
d) Play around with my gearing to find the correct mix for my power
MOST IMPORTANT>>>To have my fellow racers "FEAR THE BEARD".
As Last season was my first year and now having the option to race Masters I see many more productive nights as the learning curve has shortened.
Good Luck All
Get good at B and C becomes much easier.
Best of luck to everyone, and more importantly work hard!
Now that I've had a more advanced session on the track I have a few things I know I need to work on.
1. Holding my line. Little different than on the road, but this is more than likely caused by #2.
2. Lighten up my grip. For some reason I keep going into death grip/locked elbows mode and it's ******' everything up. Nervousness? I don't know for sure, but more track time will definitely help.
3. Stamina. Ugh. Total pain train. Need to do some intervals, and some climbing work, something to keep the heart rate up. Especially since Hellyer is mostly enduro oriented.
It's all about bike handling for me. My 20 second power is already stronger than I was all of last year, so that's great. But I need to hold the sprinters lane when I'm hammering. I guess my other goal is to get anything better than 9th at Master's Nat's this year.
^^ nagrom_ were you at hellyer monday night? I was there forgetting all the names of the lines on the track... yes on being more relaxed. it helps with steering and especially when someone bumps you. it was only painful because of the stupid wind. wednesday nights are super short. you're fine with stamina (gearing plays a big role). wednesdays mass start races are 10 laps (we've had 70 people every wednesday about 20 racers in the 5s!) except for the miss and out. don't think too much about winning or losing. it's a training night and it's all about having fun!
Regardless of the wind, my stamina is junk and can definitely use some work. I ate all my cookies, :lol:.
Definitely fun. I'll be there this Saturday, next Monday, and might make my first race night next Wednesday.
Being 60ys old and a track newbie last season I'm more focused on the TT's. My goals are to focus this year's racing on crits (I'm qualified for the National Senior Games in both RR's) and track racing. I have changed my training program since I am not doing long road races or mtb racing this spring and summer. I was a decathlete/sprinter in college track and field and I'm becoming a sprinter once again. I love the mindset that I'm back at. Track specific workouts are much the same as my track workouts back in the day.
#1, hold the black line at +34mph
#2, wicked assed starts over the first 125 meters
#3, continue to develop 450 watts peak power in the aero position to >2.5 minutes (almost there)
#4, make 30" PP @ 900+ watts repeatable
#5, visit, train and race on 330 meter tracks before Master’s Nationals.
#6, go to Master's Nationals and have guys wonder "who’s that?"
A'Jet, I am glad that I will be climbing Mount Ventoux on my bicycle tour instead of attending track nationals. At least when I suck climbing Ventoux, hey, I am a trackie climbing a mountain versus getting the snot beat out of me by a rookie in my events.:p
You are already a marked man.:D
Have fun, keep racing. Last year was my first year on the track and first year back riding (I come and go a lot). After some life stuff got in the way for the past 6 months I'm back on the bike and loving it as usual. Got down to the track for the first time this season yesterday, wasn't as bad as I expected.
My goals are just to have fun racing, having fun training, and let what happens happen.
Which way do you plan on hitting Mt Ventoux - via Bédoin?
Are you hitting any other climbs whilst in France?
http://santanatandem.com/Events/PV13.html Looks great! Which ever way you ride up Mt Ventoux, make sure you pack your climbing legs... :)