Saturday, May 17, 2008

anatomy of the 'shootout'

if you like to ride hard, there is only one place to be Saturday @ 0600 in Tucson. that's the U of A for the start of the 'shootout'. riders show up with their team kits, carbon wheels and competitive side for a 60 mile grinder.
the ride starts off nice and comfortable, lots of small talk and some anxious energy related to what everyone knows is inevitable. the first 10 km are considered a warm up (very short for us long distance types). after we reach drexel (i think that's what it's called) the pace starts to lift.... riders jockey for best drafting position and soon enough we're hitting speeds of 45 km/hr. this is tough for me even when i'm drafting!!

for the next 25 - 30 miles, it's all out for as long as you can hold on. i ended up with a smaller group today, and that meant not much rest b/w pulls.
i definately need to work on my pacing. i would end up gapping the bridge if someone was falling off and i really should have just taken the extra break.....needless to say, i blew up. but everyone does. infact, that's the point.
have you had the opportunity to 'blow up' in training or (hopefully not) racing?? it has to be one of the most painful experiences in terms of workouts that i've been through. very humbling too.
once you 'blow up' you have no choice but to slow to a crawl to allow your body to get out of the lactic acid build up and o2 dept. it was all i could do to hold 90 watts.
but all is not lost. you recover. just in time for another group to pick you up so you can go through it all again.

can't wait for next week!!

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