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First RR and I was out the back like_______________

Old 05-20-07, 04:15 PM
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First RR and I was out the back like_______________

I did the North Stonington Road Race today after deciding to do it at 10PM Saturday night. (This was my first race). Got there 45 minutes before the race got lost in the confusion, barely had time to get myself together and of course no warm up. Stayed with the front group for one and half laps then on an uphill surge I was out the back like____________.

At the end of the race I met up with another rider from our club who had finished before me. I told him that I had passed a couple of riders on the way to the finish so I knew I wasn't dead last. He just laughed. Then I realized I had finished between the first group and the the remainder of the riders. The significant hill had broke the group into pieces and I somehow finished in the first third.

My impressions...Loved it! It was painful but mercifully short. I am looking forward to the next one. Finally got a race in! This should be a good season. Oh and the SRM worked great!
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Old 05-20-07, 04:24 PM
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Were you in the 9:00AM Cat-5 race ? I saw a rider with new SRM FSA crankset. Might have been you.
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Originally Posted by snhrider
Were you in the 9:00AM Cat-5 race ? I saw a rider with new SRM FSA crankset. Might have been you.
Was it attached to a Specialized Tarmac that had a tall rider aboard that looked lost? If so then it was probably me.

You were in the 0900 start?
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WTH, 18 miles for cat 5 and not much more for the other cats. Another guy gives a crit report and the cat 4/5 is only 18 deep. Were getting screwed on the left coast. Nice finish by the way, post the file if you get a chance, always good to geek out on data.
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Yup. I was at the 9:00 AM start. I did not remember the bike but I remember looking at the crankset. Nice ! That must be you then. Not too many new SRMs around

I hear ya. That was a beast of a climb to the finish. Just when you thought you had crested, there was another climb to the finish. Not sure where I came in. Sprinted with another rider right at the finish.
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Way to take a run at it, Greg! Just think--now the pain and humiliation of your first race are out of the way and you can focus on all the races to come. Keep showing up at the line and it'll get better.

When you look at your power data, look for the surges. If I were a gamblin' man I'd say that the surges were above or near your 1-minute power before you got dropped. I had a very similar situation my first couple races: going along, feeling great, not really exhausted, but at the next big surge it just wasn't in the legs.

Time for some more intervals, after some rest of course.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Way to take a run at it, Greg! Just think--now the pain and humiliation of your first race are out of the way and you can focus on all the races to come. Keep showing up at the line and it'll get better.

When you look at your power data, look for the surges. If I were a gamblin' man I'd say that the surges were above or near your 1-minute power before you got dropped. I had a very similar situation my first couple races: going along, feeling great, not really exhausted, but at the next big surge it just wasn't in the legs.

Time for some more intervals, after some rest of course.
What were your favorite intervals for working on that?
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
What were your favorite intervals for working on that?
Mainly 1-minute intervals... Also fun are "sprintervals" a la Friel. Each interval consists of 3 15-sec sprints with 1-minute recoveries, followed by 5 min at just below 5-minute power. I haven't gotten nearly enough of them in lately. Thankfully races are giving me an opportunity to work on it.
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Here is the profile. I am not totally familiar with the program yet so i can not totally understand what i am looking at.

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got to link to a file size we can hope to read.
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Originally Posted by jrennie
WTH, 18 miles for cat 5 and not much more for the other cats. Another guy gives a crit report and the cat 4/5 is only 18 deep. Were getting screwed on the left coast.
That's not even a 45 minute crit in the geezer 1/2/3.

We're not getting screwed out here. $27 for an 18 mile "road race". Contrast that with $23 for a 68 mile death march with 6800 feet of climbing. VP's looking better, even if you do get a T-shirt and $10 for a win.
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Congrats on the first race....brutal, eh? I ended up not doing Sunapee as I didn't A) have the clothing for 48 degrees and rain, B) didn't want to race for 50 miles in rain, particularly in sub-50 degree temps, and C) didn't want to crash out over something stupid (or get sick - I get sick easy) and kill my prep for Housatonic.

I heard that there's a small hill on that Stonington circuit - nothing really steeper than like 7% or so? As I found out in Palmer, those powerclimbs can really weed out the group; seems like the trick is to make sure (aside from fitness) that you have a good position in the pack, which would require prior knowledge of the course. That's what happened to me at Palmer...there was a left hand turn, and then a shortish climb of maybe 4-5% that 3-4 guys decided to attack on, and the peloton took off, while us guys at the back were just starting to make the turn. We had to sprint like a mofo to catch back on to the back, and when we did, the pack accelerated again....and a few of us had nothing left. I'm fairly certain that had I been in the front 1/3 and saw what was going on, I wouldn't have gotten dropped at that point. Oh well....live and learn.
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
That's not even a 45 minute crit in the geezer 1/2/3.

We're not getting screwed out here. $27 for an 18 mile "road race". Contrast that with $23 for a 68 mile death march with 6800 feet of climbing. VP's looking better, even if you do get a T-shirt and $10 for a win.
It seems the North Stonington race irritates a few people that I know of, due to it's short length vs. entry fee. But...I guess the proceeds are donated to charity. However, yes....they could make it longer.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
got to link to a file size we can hope to read.
Is this any better?

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p...stonington.jpg
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Originally Posted by Greg180
Here is the profile. I am not totally familiar with the program yet so i can not totally understand what i am looking at.
and i was just going to thank you for sparing us another power meter chart.
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Originally Posted by botto
and i was just going to thank you for sparing us another power meter chart.
Yep my bad...It's just as bad as someone with a new baby and a wallet full of pictures.

Trust me...my power postings will be very limited...I'm not into public displays of weakness.
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Originally Posted by botto
and i was just going to thank you for sparing us another power meter chart.
Dataphobe.

I guess I'm guilty...
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I just checked Bike Reg listing for placement in the North Stonington RR and I finished 33 out of 38.

I guess my teammate was trying to be nice to me when he told me I placed in the top third...

I WONT finish in the bottom third again. I am going to bleed from the eyes and puke my colon before that happens again...and I will do that at the Monson RR on June 16th.
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Originally Posted by Greg180
I did the North Stonington Road Race today after deciding to do it at 10PM Saturday night. (This was my first race). Got there 45 minutes before the race got lost in the confusion, barely had time to get myself together and of course no warm up. Stayed with the front group for one and half laps then on an uphill surge I was out the back like____________.
cheese through a goose?
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Originally Posted by Greg180
I just checked Bike Reg listing for placement in the North Stonington RR and I finished 33 out of 38.

I guess my teammate was trying to be nice to me when he told me I placed in the top third...

I WONT finish in the bottom third again. I am going to bleed from the eyes and puke my colon before that happens again...
and I will do that at the Monson RR on June 16th.
why wait so long?
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Time for some more intervals, after some rest of course.
+1 on the 1 minute intervals.

Good going, Greg!
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Btw, how much do you weigh?

From what I can [barely] make out in the first pic that contains textual data, your average power was somewhere in the mid 150s (153?) and your max power somewhere in the 490s. I can't quite make out the IF; I'm guessing 0.87. VI = 1.42(?) I'm not even going to hazard a guess on the speeds.

Is that right?
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Originally Posted by botto
why wait so long?
Going to Ireland on business/pleasure 5/25 - 6/ 4. Will not be taking my bike so I will have to do some "quick" conditioning before Monson.
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Originally Posted by Greg180
Going to Ireland on business/pleasure 5/25 - 6/ 4. Will not be taking my bike so I will have to do some "quick" conditioning before Monson.
come on, fess up. you're going there medical reasons.

i.e. some dental work:



and vitamin B

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Originally Posted by NoRacer
+1 on the 1 minute intervals.


Oh, and good 1st race, way to fight through the lack of warmup!
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