Duration: 2:39:11 (2:39:27)
Work: 2241 kJ
TSS: 244.5 (intensity factor 0.96)
Norm Power: 307
Distance: 97.749 km
Elev. Gain: 1576 m
Power: 1085 235 watts
Heart Rate: 181 153 bpm
Maybe you should be the designated rider and fellow KW's to do some blocking when you go up the road
Keep racing anyway you're day will come...
I see wifey got 3rd spot at Hog Hill yesterday, nice one Maryka
Just need to wait a couple of months, then all the new year strong 3rd cats will have moved up, and the races will get easier
We had a great field out on Saturday, the most I've ever seen for a women's circuit race with nearly 40 starters which is about four times as many as we usually get at Hog Hill! Finally a "proper" race there in fact. We started out pretty hard, I stayed near the front and probably a bit too much on the front, but with a lot of unfamiliar faces I wasn't sure who was capable of what. I put in a little dig at about four laps in that dropped some girls and brought us down to about 18 in the front group. Then one lap after the men's race overtook us, Elise Sherwell (of Pearson's and also the Surrey League ladies team) and I put down the hammer on the bottom into the tailwind flat section and carried it all the way up the hill and that took care of all but 9 ladies.
After that, it was a steady ride for about six more laps until the final jostling for position up the last hill. I thought about taking a flyer with half a km to go, but since I had been making it easily up the hill every lap I figured I'd take my chances there instead. At the bottom on the left side I hit it hard just as Jacqui from RAF did the same from the right side. I managed to get on her wheel but could not hold it just as the Halesown girl -- who had had a lap out due to a puncture and had rejoined us just in time for five laps to go -- came around me. I held off Natalie from Twickenham for third place, a satisfactory result as I certainly wouldn't have said going into the race that was the third strongest rider!
Think I need to jump away with another rider when they go if I'm ever to stand a chance of getting a good gap in a race like that.
@ JibberJim - your teammate Chris was there (who I rode with to great effect at the Northants Handicaps a few weeks back). I think he got enough points to move up to 3rd which is cool.
So I had the brainwave of maybe launching an attack on the hill – I figured it would be interesting to see what happened, and that the worst case would be that I would get quickly caught and passed. I started to work my way up the bunch on the left hand side to get into a decent position for the climb, but got blocked in and stuck about two thirds of the way back. Then I did my familiar sinking on the climb, so that was the end of that idea.
Don't wait for them to go, go and wait for them to come to you, otherwise you'll be waiting forever watching people.
Chapeau Maryka! - brilliant result at Palace last night. 8) I hope we get a report and some numbers
Entire workout (206 watts):
Duration: 29:11 (29:24)
Work: 360 kJ
TSS: 59 (intensity factor 1.101)
Norm Power: 259
Distance: 17.163 km
Elevation Gain: 358 m
Elevation Loss: 361 m
Grade: -0.0 % (-3 m)
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 744 206 watts
Heart Rate: 129 188 169 bpm
Cadence: 30 125 96 rpm
I'm trying to resurrect my blog, if I keep writing about race results elsewhere, it'll never happen!
As usual the E/1/2 and 3/4 races went ahead of the women's -- we always get screwed, being the last to start and the first to finish, often cut even shorter if they think we'll "interfere" with any of the men's finishes :roll: -- then we rolled off with 22 women on the line, a new Palace record I think!
I hit it hard in the first lap and managed to string it out pretty good and drop some of the less confident/fit riders.
In fact my max minute and 2 mins was in the first lap :oops: ...
I really have to mount a camera on my seatpost so I can see what happens when I jump, at the moment I have no idea if my attacks don't stick because I don't jump away hard enough, give up too soon, or get chased down too eagerly. At least I dropped some more people with it.
So with a few laps to go and the front group down to about 6, I figured it would be a bunch sprint which didn't thrill me as we had some sprinter-types hanging on the back that I thought might steal something at the line.
We came around the top corner and lo and behold, a dozen 3/4s all over the road pedalling like morons because they had been dropped (and likely lapped) ages ago, heading to the line. Seriously, if you've effectively stopped racing with a few laps to go, get off the @#$% track already! :evil:
So not a bad win, though with Charlie B and some others absent, it didn't really feel like an awesome one. Wish I could have done something more with my attempts to get a gap, but with such a short race maybe that was always going to be wishful thinking.
Entire workout (312 watts):
Norm Power: 337
Distance: 27.343 km
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1021 312 watts
Heart Rate: 103 176 164 bpm
Speed: 0 62.9 41.3 kph
TSS: 116.9 (intensity factor 1.14)
Norm Power: 342
Distance: 35.399 km
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1085 312 watts
Heart Rate: 85 177 167 bpm
Speed: 6.4 61.9 39.4 kph
Homer J wrote:
Have you tried any cat 3 or 2/3 races, you are sure to get your points as you sound strong enough.
Another storming report, cheers Jim. That last handicap sounded like a really exciting race.
He's more than strong enough. I don't think he wants anyone else in his race winning picture. Those type of wins don't come very often.wink:
On the last lap I round him and a few others whilst emptying my anaerobic tank on the final surge up the drag. My first race of the season is thankfully over, fifteenth place I reckon.