Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tour of the Catskills - Prologue TT

2.3 miles up hill, flat out, on the rivets!

No need for a TT bike, aero helmet, disk wheel or any of the TT specific gear. This was a straight up climb to the top as fast as you can.

I took a nap this afternoon. Yep, good rest and feeling calm for the start of this race. Too bad I woke up realizing I'd left myself too little time to pack up my gear, get to the race site and have a good warm up. IDIOT! My fault. Dumb move!

I scrambled the bombers as quickly as possible and got the the race start. Threw down as much warm up as possible, pathetic, didn't even break a sweat.

As I sat under the start tent, bike holder holding my fat ass up, I felt calm and relegated to the fact that I had to go hard and see if my legs would respond with no heat in them.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1...I was off.

I hammered. Blew through the first little hill and settled into a suffering rhythm. Oh shit, this hurt. Is that lactic acid I taste in my mouth? Searing pain in my legs. Breathing through my eye balls, ears and anywhere else I could find hits of oxygen to feed my burning lungs.

I could see my :30 second man ahead passing someone else. I focused all my attention on his back wheel and set into a harder pace. At this point I was not breathing, I was merely functioning on lactic acid as my fuel.

Lungs, head, legs, eyes, heart, etc. burning, I powered through the finish line. No clue how I finished, I was looking for so way to stop the nonsense.

Pedaling around for a minute, I brought everything under control except my heart rate. It was not elevated, just sitting at 120, but I felt like I was having a heart attack. This is what happen with not warm up, it is basically like jump starting my heart with a car battery.

I headed back to the car and got changed, slowly beginning to feel like my life was about to end and headed home

I ended up 21st; 8:22 forty seconds off the winning time. Not what I was looking for, but it could have been worse.
Duration: 8:17
Work: 202 kJ
TSS: 25.3 (intensity factor 1.354)
Norm Power: 420
VI: 1.03
Pw:HR: 21.7%
Pa:HR: -3.57%
Distance: 2.141 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1237 406 watts
Heart Rate: 124 169 161 bpm - this is bad
Cadence: 64 109 88 rpm
Speed: 10.2 29.2 15.5 mph
Pace 2:03 5:53 3:52 min/mi
Crank Torque: 0 1080 389 lb-in

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