Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Yankee Springs Time Trial

I have been thinking a lot about the Yankee Springs race in April. I have never paid this much attention to a race that is still two months away. I embarrassed myself at this race last year. At the time I assumed I just wasn’t in race form yet and I would snap back into shape before the season hit full swing; however, the results were pretty indicative of the rest of my year. These charts show my heart rate for the race in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 my time was 56:39, I finished 25th out of 29 in the 40 – 49 year old expert class. In 2007 my time was 53:38 and I finished 14th out of 22 which was a few minutes slower than in 2006. An alarming trend for sure.

I feel good about the upcoming season. I will be going into it about 10 lbs lighter and with a plan. I feel motivated to ride and I am looking forward to next week when I transition from my base stage of training to the build stage. Next week I will ratchet up the intensity and start focusing on my weaknesses.

The expert class will be doing two loops at Yankee Springs this year instead of one. I am shooting for a time of 1:46. Placing at Yankee Springs is out of the question but finishing in the top 50% is still on this side of theoretically possible, and that aint bad.


  1. Wow, The difference between the two files is amazing!

  2. Pfff...tell me about it. This is exactly what happens when you try to race after a half ass training program.