Wednesday, March 26, 2008
More Warmups = Blowups at ye olde track
Well, the Boy and I headed out the Hellyerdrome again last night for some suffervals with the Nolanator. Next week, we get to full-on racing. This was the last week of mock racing.
Again, lots of chicas showed up. That was great! Also, the Jacques-Mayne brothers rolled out for the event along with a good showing from Team Specialized and Morgan Stanley/Spine. So, this time there were 3 groups. The fast group last night gave a whole new definition of fast. There was an intermediate group and a slow group. I definitely felt like the slow group was more competitive for me this week.
However, the warm up last night should be called a Blowup. Holey Moley. I only lasted 3 laps this time. What the heck? Last week, we had a moto to pace us from 18-30 and I lasted 20 of 30 laps. This week, it was self-regulated. So, I spent most of the warmup near the rails and dropped in to the back of the line each time they came around. I would hold on as long as I could and then drift up to the rail again. That was usually about 3/4 of a lap. When we got home and looked at Rick's GPS of the lap splits, it explained my crappiness. We started at 21, which lasted for a grand total of 2 laps. Then, it went straight to 26 the next lap and then got faster from there. When Rick popped around lap 25, they were going 31! Hello people! I don't even have a 31 right now! Let alone a 35 or whatever the heck they were doing for the last couple laps. Anyway, the dropping down in was good practice, so it wasn't a total loss.
We did "sprints" which were mock 9 lap points races with sprint every 3. I had some good success in this event taking longer sprints and getting a gap while others were still poking around around and recovering.
We did Australian pursuit. I pretty much suck at this. Mostly, because it is hard to get well-matched fitness on a single team, let alone 2 teams. Now, if we did this with 2 W4 teams going after each other, it would probably be pretty fun.
We did a 12 lap scratch race last. I totally suck at getting position off the rail and hence started and finished this race off the back. I was able to catch on a couple of times, but never was able to get a position I would have liked.
Oh, and the rental bike left me with a nasty kink in my neck and some missing skin in unmentionable areas. So, I may be rethinking my bike strategy. That is something for another post, though.