This past weekend (March 9th) Courtney and I headed down for the TT Bike Fit annual St Paddy’s day indoor TT.
Backing up to about Tuesday afternoon, while I was adding up all the training miles from camp vs what was planned for this block, I realized that I was able to take an easy week post camp,which worked out well as I was roughed up! (You’re welcome Doug) I saw a post on FB from Lisbeth about the indoor TT. I emailed the BossMan and asked if he thought it was a good idea, he agreed and I signed myself up. Friday afternoon rolled around and I realized I was still pretty deep into the hole that I had dug myself into while in FL, so I was a little nervous about how Saturday would play out. Nothing like having everyone see you go out to hard and blow up
Saturday morning arrived and that means one thing before an indoor TT. Caffeine loading! When used properly and not as an everyday crutch, caffeine is a very powerful drug. Yes, I said it, drug!
I rolled over to the local Starbucks and got myself a large ice coffee and slowly began the only good thing about indoor TT’s!
We got to Todd and Lisbeth’s shop around 9:30, hung out for a bit, watched a few heats and then I started my warm up. I knew within a few minutes that the legs were not going to be there, but I had talked myself into a pretty good place mentally about 15 minutes before we started the race. A few minutes later I downed a Double Latte Power gel and finished with the pre set computrainer warm up and calibration!
Next thing I know I am going full gas. My game plan was to build to my goal avg power by the five minute mark. Hold till seven minutes and then start emptying the tank till 14 minutes and then go for broke until I puked or finished. Hoping the latter came first.
I could really feel the “dullness” in my legs from the 18 days and over 1,000 miles we rode down in FL. The best I could come up with for the day was 327 watts with an avg HR of 181. That puts me about 4 beats low on the avg HR based on all the other indoor TT’s I’ve done. 4 beats is about 12 watts, which would make more sense based off some of the TT’s we did in FL.
Either way I was really happy about just getting in a very solid effort, seeing some friends on the Fuel Belt race team who I don’t get to see often and help a great cause, all the money collected went to the Blazeman Foundation.
What better way to spend a Saturday?
I’ve included video taken by the other boss to help liven up this site!