2009-2010 Peak Winter Race Series Concludes!

Super fun but super hard race series comes to an end – time to take the fitness gained during the winter race series and take it out on the road for Summer!   Thanks to Mike, Paul, Jamie, Aimee & Liv over at the Peak Centre as well as the rest of the participants of the race series!

Here’s the wrap up commentary below:

**Via Peak Centre For Human Performance Vancouver

Peak Centre Winter Racing Series 2009-10 – Final GC Results & Alpe D’Huez Results

The sixth annual Peak Centre Winter Racing Series has officially come to a close!  I hope you all enjoyed the series this year.  We had 115 people participate in the series between the locations in Ottawa, Montreal, Burlington and Vancouver with the majority racing right here in Vancouver.

We had some technical difficulties getting the results for the last couple of stages up on the web but they are up now including the final GC results.  I apologize for the inconvenience and I will make sure this doesn’t happen again next year by having a local link for the results.  The results can be found at:  https://media6.magma.ca/www.peakcentre.ca/RESULTSANDREPORTS.cfm.

Vancouver was represented well in the series this year with strong performances coming in all categories.  We managed to take 3 of the top 5 places in both the overall Men’s A and Men’s B GC Standings and we took 1 of the top 5 places on the women’s side.  We were also very well represented in the Sprint and King of the Mountain categories.  Well done Vancouver!

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Peak Winter Racing Series Stage 3

Well, contrary to the title of my BLOG – apparently I can, and WILL bonk.

Apparently the word “PACING” completely escaped from my vocabulary and just like my 2005 BMO marathon, I blew out of the gates like a bat outta hell on fire and pretty much exploded in a heap of burning flesh and sweaty cycling gear about 20 mins into the course. I actually stopped pedalling at one point to recover – who does that during a time-trial???!? Oh, apparently *I* do…

Anyway, for those of you reading this that ARE in the series (you lucky bastards), since my group was the first to go in this stage, you now have some valuable wisdom here for your attempt – settle into your z3 wattage and keep it steady throughout. Don’t go out at Z4 and Z5 and hope for the best – it don’t work… 😉

In terms of course profile, although it was supposed to be a “fast and flat time trial course” – the definition of “flat” is very relative – it’s flat – like a ramp on a 1.5-3% grade the entire time. I think the only time there was any reprieve or *slight* downhill was when the leaders were so far ahead of me, it was like they tilted the sea-saw in my favour…

At any rate, the course is the same for everyone and I was overly ambitious in what wattage I thought I could sustain given my limited time in the saddle. Can’t really expect to hit my avg wattage from 2 years ago with just 4 weeks of cycling under my belt… Double-whammy with the fact I didn’t get much rest the last week after pulling a series of all-nighters at the office. And when I say “all-nighters”, I actually mean sleeping on the floor of my office for a couple hours during the project… NOT a good way to recover after stage 2.

Okies, so let’s see what happens this week and what I can pull out of my arse for this weekend.

Stay tuned!