Peak Winter Racing Series Stage 2

Well, it was equally as much of a suffer-fest the second time around as the first time – and on a “hilly” course profile no less – BAH.

There was 6 racers in my heat this time around and although I was able to eek out a 3rd place finish in this heat (only managed to edge out Jerry by 10ft and .86 seconds!), the first and second place guys were LIGHT YEARS ahead. It’s very humbling when you go against crit riders who have been doing this kind of racing consistantly for the entire year – or decade… Fatguy – Me – comes along and expects to be a contendor – or at least SOMEWHERE in the ball park but not so much…

In any case, it’s only the 2nd week and I have a history of having setting my expectations for everything I do pretty damn high – so we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. Good news is, my avg wattage from the “days of old” are about 50 to 60 watts higher than what I’ve output the last two stages, so at least I know I’m capable of being amongst the top group. Suffice to say, I hate sucking at the bike – I’m not used to it – I don’t like it.

Stage 3 is a time-trial this Saturday (tomorrow – YIKES), so let’s see what the ol’ lungs and legs can do tomorrow ūüėČ

Stay tuned.

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’*

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