Wednesday, 5 March 2014

5/03/2014

St Kilda East - Anderson St Reps - Airlie St - St Kilda East:
Yesterday DK said he had intervals to do on Anderson st, and without knowing more I said I'd join him. 3 sets of 4 x 45 second efforts, with 75 seconds rest between reps and 3 minutes between sets. They were not happy times. Especially when I lost count in the middle set, thought we'd done the full count, and was given the signal to go "Yep!". I had enough time for an incredulous echo before I had to just shut up and hit the pedals.

I tried standing on the first few, but felt I was digging a very very deep hole, and wouldn't last out the session. So I switched to seated efforts, and reduced the initial kick. I was still destroyed at the end of each effort, jelly legged and gasping for air, but it wasn't life threatening.

On the last effort I managed to hold onto DK and come up beside, maybe even get a quarter of a tyre in front, just as we finished the effort. Then instead of taking us home, we went to Airlie St for a standing start sprint, which I monstered.

45 seconds is plain old evil, and I hope the benefits are in line with the pain. 22 seconds to smash through anaerobic limits, then the same again with zero oxygen and thus no way to go into the aerobic pathways.

Strava link.

D: 21.0km
A: 367m

Commute:

D: 5.1km
A: 95m

HCC Crits:
I spent most of the day toying with the idea of racing. I secretly hoped that rain would force it to be cancelled, so the decision would be taken out of my hands. It didn't rain, and so I went home, got my bike and rolled across town. You know what, I actually felt half decent, but that only dulled the worried voices in my head, they were still there.

So, I just got a number and pinned it. Then I just got on my bike and rolled a practice lap. Then I just started the race. Then I just did each lap as they came.

I spent a bit of time taking tickets at the back with Grover, and learnt a fun tactic that works in D grade at SKCC also works in A grade here. Drop wheels before a tight corner, and roll through / out of it with better speed, thus avoiding the full tilt sprint that oft occurs.

I felt pretty good sitting in, half the race was gone before I realised it, but being so far back it was hard to tell if a break had gone with it. Feeling ok or not, every time I half stuck my nose out in the wind, I found it hard to achieve much more than 1 or 2 places. There was certainly no chance I was going to get myself up the road. I hung out, followed a rider who single-handedly made the bridge to a strong break that was dangling slightly up the road, and generally thought about what I'd do at the end of the race. Then suddenly we were given 3 laps to go. I was too far back, I wasn't sure about my legs, I was making excuses! I took a couple of places here, and a couple there. Round the top of the course for the bell and I got onto a move going up the outside, if everyone drilled it, I'd get to the last corner in about 5th. Great! Then, down the hill, it went around a slowing rider in the middle of the road, my momentum carried me ever so slightly outside his wheel. I started to go around him, but he kept drifting out, pushing me wider and wider. The race flew down the shorter inside line, by the time I was past the guy I was well back and outside of any chance of doing anything.

Frustrating, but in a good way. I not only backed up my morning session, I felt like I had a right to contest a race. These are good feelings, and I'm going to get more aggressive next week. To see what I can make happen.

Strava link.

D: 49.3km
A: 523m

PMPW: 94kg

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