Century ride – 5/31/2014

I wanted to have a record of this ride so I could keep track of nutrition and other factors on longer rides.

Since the previous week’s Dunwoody Cycling High School Ride had gone so well I decided to go ahead and commit to making it a century. I woke up a little underslept but was on the bike right on schedule at 5:30. The first two hours were rough. I felt okay exertion and power wise but just couldn’t get comfortable on the bike. As usual, I skipped breakfast and ate an apple about a half hour into my ride. I missed a turn and got a little off schedule but made it to the high school right around 7:20. Spent a few minutes rolling around the nearby neighborhood and the we rolled out right on time. I ate a clif bar somewhere between 6:30 and 7:30.

I had come back north on Piedmont which is in terrible shape and knocked my back wheel into the wobbles again so a lot of my ride was stressing about that since the previous week I had spent much (most?) of the ride with significant brake rub caused by one spoke completely losing tension.

Anyway, things started out normally, slow rolled through Dunwoody and once we hit Abernathy/Johnson Ferry I made sure to move up to the front and get in the paceline as we blasted down Columns. Ended up setting times in the top 10 for a segment with 700+ rides on it!

I killed my legs climbing the Atlanta Country Club climb in way too high a gear, kind of dumb but once I committed I couldn’t downshift and had to grind up at 60-70 rpm. We regrouped as we went up Woodlawn and then I got dropped hard on Lower Roswell. I just couldn’t get back onto the paceline after taking a pull. I rode solo to the mid-ride rest point at the Roswell Riverwalk, which was ok. Felt like I got a really good solo TT effort in anyway. During this time I was working through a bottle of Powerade. I had run out of water before the ride started so I was kind of stressing about that since drinking just sports drink tastes terrible and makes my stomach feel shitty.

The next section through Riverside and Eves went ok. I managed to stay with the lead group on the climbs and descents but got decisively dropped on the flats of Riverside right before Roswell Road. I had a Power Bar gel with 50mg caffeine right around here, not sure if it did anything through. I think it was a little too late in the ride for caffeine. We regrouped at the light and I spent the time fiddling with my rear brake since my wheel was wobbling like crazy. Ended up opening the caliper and trying to ignore it.

The pack rolled together to Roberts and I got dropped on the second little climb and rode solo through to the high school. There were a few other riders around but we didn’t really ride together.

Once I got to the high school I trued up my wheel and started off trying to get another 25ish miles in. Rode around perimeter and then bonked hard heading south over 285 on Ashford Dunwoody. I drink my mini-coke and rode north on Perimeter Center Parkway eventually to Hammond Park where I refilled my water. I knew I would need food again as I was now all out but didn’t feel like stopping yet. I rode my regular Mt Vernon loop and got a Gatorade and Snickers egg at the gas station by Publix on Powers Ferry. I felt okay but two bonks in one day is a bit much, I did another Mt Vernon/Riverview loop and rolled around the neighborhoods by Heards Ferry until I felt I had enough miles. Checked my phone by the Riverwood School and saw 96.6 so I knew I could go home. Rolled home and managed to get to 101 miles for the day.

Whew! Felt ok but noted some minor hotspots on my left foot and a little funny feeling in my left IT band after 4.5 hours or so. I definitely need to eat more and bring more water in the future. Also noted my fit is like a racing-only fit since it’s super comfortable during hard efforts but feels not so great just riding around.

I need to add some core work and general back strengthening exercises. But all in all it was a pretty good ride.

DLV Tuesday Racing #2

Today was pursuit night at the Dick Lane Velodrome. I signed up for the 1K and 3K TTs. Felt really shitty for the 1K, I’ve been taking this Z-Core PM and I think the melatonin is just hitting me super hard. Felt ok during the actual effort but had to pretty much stop coming out of tun 2, which is right before the finish due to the holder accidentally setting up the next rider on the track early. Oops.

But I didn’t hit anyone and it was my first attempt so I’m not really bummed. I did a lot better at the 3K anyway. For the 3K I just tried to hold a consistent line and finish strong. I think I did ok, time was in the middle of the field for everyone. I ran a 48/15 gear but I think I need to run something bigger. With the cogs/rings I have now the next step up would be 46/14.

DLV Tuesday Racing 5/6/2014

Oh man, racing on the track is almost as fun as mountain bike racing.

This was my first racing day, Tuesday is for Women/Beginners (D)/Masters, the first two of which race together. I got there a little early and spent 30 minutes or so warming up in 48/16. My legs were a little dead feeling from riding earlier in the day but it seemed to go away as I got into my warm-up.

After warming up I did a few laps in 48/15 to get used to my racing gear. Paceline started at 7:00pm and the W/D riders did 20 laps and then went back to the infield while the masters finished their paceline. First race was a 7 lap scratch race. I tried to pay attention to everything and just get the hang of riding with the group. One rider took off near with +2 and had almost half a lap lead when he won. I ended up taking 4th in the bunch sprint.

Next was an unknown distance race. I stayed near the middle of the pack for the first few laps and then kind of floated off the front on accident around lap 6-7. No one reeled me in, very unlike a crit. The bell lap was lap 9 so I tried my best to hold position but ended up getting swarmed and taking 4th, again.

The final race of the night was a 25 lap scratch race with sprints on lap 10 and 20. Ended up 5th again but I did hit my fastest speed and highest RPM of the night on the final sprint.

So, how’d the race go?

I didn’t go. Instead I decided to buy a better bike and skip the 2-3 races I was going to do in May.

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Got a sweet deal scratch/dent Motobecane 450ht. Here I come XC!

I set my alarm for 6am but I wasn’t sure if I was going to race Ft. Yargo or the Rootin’ Tuten alkeycat or neither. I actually turned my alarm off and agonized for 15 minutes before I got up and just decided to ride close to home.
Need to be a little frugal with a new mountain bike on the way and a season track pass I need to pay for. I guess.

So I rode a metric, did some gardening and split a bunch of firewood.

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So, a pretty good day. I’m thinking tomorrow may be a fixed gear metric. We’ll see if I can map a decent route tonight.