Ride With Rendal Winter Race Series Stage 1 at Peak Centre For Human Performance Burnaby, B.C. 
November 3, 2009

So this is essentially the conversation that went on in my head during my devirginization at the first stage of 21 stages of the 2009/2010 Peak Centre Ride With Rendall Winter Race Series – “ACK, WHEEZE, GASP….I don’t remember 250watts being this fricken hard… GASP, WHEEZE….*expletive expletive* WHEEZE, GASP (crank up to 300 watts and then implode after 30 secs)  GASP WHEEZE WHEEZE….could my power output be any MORE erratic?!…. GASP HACK COUGH…. What the hell, 275 watts didn’t feel like this 2 years ago….GASP GASP HACK WHEEZE….Holy F*#KNUTS, it’s only been 10 minutes……HACK GASP WHEEZE…..that green line is supposed to be downhill… I’m supposed to be going DOWNHILL DAMMIT *expletive expletive curse swear swear*…. Look, a Squirrel….GASP GASP….. (gasping less violent now since I have no energy to even do that and I’m beginning to black out)……why is my left arm going numb….GASP GASP….. Ironman is going to REALLY suck if I don’t get my bike fitness back…. HACK GASP WHEEZE…..I think I swallowed my tongue….. HACK, WHEEZE, GASP CURSE…….Mike, I hope you have a bucket that I can puke into…. GASP HACK WHEEZE…….apparently I can’t sustain enough enough power to light a flashlight bulb…..WHEEZE…ACK… I think my zone 3 from 2 years ago is now my current zone 5… *curse swear swear*…..hey, am I hallucinating and whats with the silver platter and why is my ass being handed to me on it…”

So there ya have it… pretty much the recap of what went on during various bits of the 49 minutes of suffering during the stage.  On the bright side, it only took about 20 minutes for me to have this epiphany of “holy shite, I got a LOT of work to do” and I suppose it’s better I discovered this NOW rather than next MAY…

All joking aside, it was humbling.  Considering I haven’t exactly spent any time on my bike since Ironman 2007, I couldn’t really expect to keep up with other veteran racers in the series who have actually used their bikes as more than a clothes hanger and/or decorative art in their living room like I have for the last couple years.   It was very impressive seeing some of the other guys maintain 300+ watts for the stage relatively easy while I was all over the map and even 200 watts was uncomfortable – My power curve would have looked like some sort of roller coaster ride at DisneyWorld….oh man…. *cont’*

Despite the suffering and getting my ass kicked – it was actually pretty damn fun and I don’t think a typical zone 3/4 workout could possibly be considered “more fun”.   It would be a *little more* fun if I wasn’t 9 minutes behind the leader, but again, it’s a BIG wakeup call to get some consistancy in my training. 

Having said that, it will be very interesting over the next couple weeks to see IF and WHEN my bike fitness starts to return.  I’ll be checking with Mike and Paul at Peak to look at my previous test results (from 2007) and see how quick the graph starts to go in the right direction – hopefully.   Actually, I don’t really want to look cuz I’ll probably start crying when I see just how far backwards I’ve gone since ’07…   Anyway, stay tuned for more race reports in the months to come and hopefully there won’t be as much cursing and swearing involved 😉

What is Ride with Rendall?

Ride with Rendall and the Peak Centre will be hosting a 23 stage indoor cycling series designed for fun and fitness. Back for a sixth season, not only has the series been expanded in Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal but riders will have an opportunity to challenge riders in Burlington and Anchorage Alaska on the same courses for GC and stage titles. Starting Saturday, November 1st and running into April 2009 you can race head to head with 6 riders at a time on linked CompuTrainers at the Peak Centre. The series is for all levels of ability so come for the racing or come for the training and social aspect of it.

Riders will race in waves of 6 to determine the results of each weekly stage with the results appearing here and on www.Ridewithrendall.com.

Stage, General Classification (GC) and point leaders in different categories will be presented along the way to see who the leaders are based on the times posted, points collected and individual improvements. The results will be divided into 3 categories. Men’s A, Men’s B and Women.

The extended time trial course from last year will be repeated through the series to provide an opportunity to compare your performance to previous times and gauge improvement. The sprint and climber (KOM) competitions for the specialists among the riders will continue this year as well.

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