Monday, October 18, 2010

BASP #1 Cross Race

First cross race down!

35 minutes, 6 laps of about 1.2 miles at 177 avg HR. Course was dusty with lots of loose gravel and sharp, shale like rocks. There was a lot of carnage out there but I managed to keep the rubber side down and not flat.

One set of three barriers.
Two run ups.
Two longish straight aways.
Lots of sharp turns.


Need to work on my remounts!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Portola Low-Key Hill Climb

Did a 5 mile, 1760 ft hill climb today. Plus, 60 miles of riding to and from the race.

9.3 mph
175 hr
271 watts

Probably could have pushed it a little harder at the end and done 280 avg watts/180 avg hr and gotten closer to 30 minutes even. Though, at the end, it was nice to not feel like I was going to throw up.

Few photos of riding to the start:

Racers coming down to the start of the hill climb:

Tomorrow, my first cross race.

UPDATE; photo of me suffering during the TT.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New Cross Bike: '09 Ridley Crossbow

2009 Ridley Crossbow with SRAM Rival. Looking forward to using it as a commuter bike and to dabble in cyclocross racing.

In fact, did my first practice race last Wednesday:


As per Strava:
Baylands CX Practice Lap, 0.9 miles, 31 ft gain
warmup - 10.4 mph, 00:05:02
lap 1 - 12.6 mph, 00:04:10
lap 2 - 12.9 mph, 00:04:04
lap 3 - 13.2 mph, 00:03:59
lap 4 - 13.2 mph, 00:03:59

Unfortunately my HR monitor freaked out so I don't have those numbers. I'm sure I hit my max a few times. Dismounts and remounts felt fast. Corners, not so much.

Already looking forward to next Wednesday. First real race is in Oakland on the 17th. Also have a hill climb the day before, on the 16th.