I was sure that tonight was going to be the night that I finally broke the 22 minute barrier on Putah Creek. It was a little hotter than I like but the winds were light so I thought this meant personal bests were there for the taking. It was also my last planned PCSD of the year (due to an extended business trip) and as such I was very motivated.
The race went without incident and I felt like I had ridden as hard as I could but my time was only 22m14s. I was very disappointed to have gone 6 seconds slower (rather than the 9 seconds faster that I was aiming for) than PCSD#11. Comparing my time to my race markers it looks like it was a harder night than #11. John Hancock went back 10 seconds and Richard Coyle went back 7 seconds, so my 6 seconds looks like a pointer to a challenging night all round. It turns out that you need a little wind in your face on Putah on the outward leg to get a good time (or at least I do).
Rather than brood on not achieving my goal of sub 22 minute for 2012 it has given me renewed enthusiasm to train differently for 2013. This season I spent a good part of the spring training without a real focus and mixing up endurance racing, recumbents and time trials on various strange machines. Strangely enough it was a top recumbent racer that privately suggested to me that if I wanted to succeed I need to concentrate on regular bikes or recumbents. I chose regular bikes and had my best year ever for time trials but it has become obvious to me that I really need to work on my FTP in the off season.
According to the bike calculator program I am around 10 watts off my target Power to be able to crack 22 minutes. My winter goal is to improve my FTP by at least 25W.
There are a few interesting humps where my speed from 6/6/12 was significantly faster and an interesting hump at approx 7 miles where tonight was quicker. The dip at 8 miles on this evenings trace was when a Tomato truck came blasting past the other direction and it was like hitting a wall of air.
I was beginning to think the 6/6/12 pulse trace was a bit freaky as I haven’t seen numbers like it since then. Tonight’s trace showed that I was working every bit as hard as I did on that night when I did my personal best. It looks like I set off a bit soft and then went a little too hard at mile 3. It also looks like I didn’t push as hard as I could have from mile 7 as I seemed to have a little too much left in the last sprint to the line. Generally speaking the two traces are pretty similar. My pulse actually hit 187 coming into the line.
I hope tonight’s TT helps me for the Warnerville TT on Sunday which is a bit longer (18 miles) and on a rolling course.
- Time : 22m14s (26.99MPH)
- Position : 17th
- Winner : Jesse Moore 20m14s (29.61MPH)
- Link to official results