America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

America's #1 Balance Bike Destination
America's #1 Balance Bike Destination

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ninigret Crit No 2

Both the data and the results are a little different this week. (Today we were over 1 mph faster than last week) Where last week we had a large break of about 12 get whittled down to 8 after a crash in which Jayson H broke his collarbone (get well soon, Jayson and John G), this week we had a small break of 3 disconnect somewhat early and survive until the end. Last week, your hero somehow managed to win the field sprint, but this week with less starpower up the road the field sprint was a little different. What I lack in speed and fitness, I try to make up for with reflexes and unpredictability.. but my early jump was not difficult to predict this time- it's understandably hard to resist tagging on when I come around the field kamikaze style with 400m to go.. I had company at the line because I gave a perfect lead-out to Tobi S, Gary A, and Wayne K. This puts me 4th in the field and 7th overall- one spot out of the cash/schwag/whatever. As in the week before, I enjoyed this race immensely. Up the road ahead of us were Bill Y, Ernest T, and someone from Newport with good form. I think Bill won.. well I'd bet that he did anyway.. Thanks for reading.
Note: The chart's all metric!

6 comments:

solobreak said...

So Mr. Wizard, your decoupling went from 7% to 2% in just one week. How do you explain this dramatic improvement?

Murat Altinbasak said...

Quabbin Reservoir Road Race- remember how completely thrashed I was with cramps last week? Blue Hills was less of a shock to the system. How do you explain the very high decoupling value of the previous day's solo ride? Last night before the race, I was able to stop home after work and take a 30 minute power nap- very high quality deep sleep. The only other difference between this week and last week is that I chugged a Red Bull before the start yesterday.

solobreak said...

I would expect the Red Bull to jack your HR relative to your power output, not the other way around. What I gather from your scribbly charts is that your HR is always high -- it's your power that has it's ups and downs. To me this indicates sub-par aerobic fitness relative to ability to occasionally produce decent short, intense efforts.

solobreak said...

should say "your ability" -- this is a backhanded compliment, just in case you're confused.

Murat Altinbasak said...

A compliment in any form from the likes of you is confusing indeed. I will mark my calendar and slaughter a bull to honor the occasion.
Your remark about short intense efforts validates what I've known since I was a junior- I'm built to race crits, not long hilly grind-it-out road races. Give me short bursts of high intensity separated by equally short bursts of recovery, and I seem to cope with it pretty well in spite of my sub-par aerobic condition.

John Cummings said...

You guys are hilarious. Thanks for the constant entertainment, and the lessons. i can only hope that I will ride in your category someday..