Saturday, July 14, 2012
New 1-hour PR...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
“Window’s in. Hop on that bike and come and get it,” Dan called to tell me.
It was around 6 p.m. and I knew I had plenty of time to get in a longer ride on my way to Chardon. I was trying to decide what route I would take and whether to challenge myself or not. I preach a ‘hard/easy’ philosopy to the people I coach, but sometimes lose track of that basic premise when it comes to my own training. I’d been riding long and hard for the last seven days and by rights, I should be going easier. That’s the theory anyway as I boarded The Rocket and rolled down the drive.
I headed out on my Pekin Road course. It’s my favorite and the only one where I’ve established a one-hour time trial mark. I’ve been riding the course for the last several years and continued to push the point I can reach in 60 minutes further out. I normally move it in small increments…maybe 100 yards…something I’ve done twice this summer. I decided I’d ride with that in mind and see where I was on earlier check points before committing totally to breaking it. If my legs were feeling good…I’d push.
The first big test is Old Mill Road or what I like to call it…the Iron Lung. I reach the bottom about 20 minutes into my ride and have a check-point about a quarter mile past the top at County Line Road and Cedar. I like to be there under 30 minutes and on a good day will make it there somewhere between 29-30.
I climbed the Lung well and checked my watch. I was at the top in 23 minutes and reached Cedar in 27! I was facing a headwind for more than half of the ride to my hour mark, but was feeling very strong at this point and decided to attack the course.
For me attacking means I get out of the saddle on every incline and try to power up and over the top. Once there, I settle back to my cruising pace as quickly as I can. I did this as I approached my old hour pr mark and could see I would be crushing it. I arrived there in 56 minutes and pushed my new pr point out about a mile and a quarter…not bad for something I can usually move a hundred yards or less!
So again…equipment matters. I know I’m getting stronger from all the riding but that doesn’t come close to explaining such a big improvement. The Rocket gets the credit.
Bike Duration: 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Training Heart Rate: 120 bpm.
Calories burned during workout: 1300.