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.