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Old 05-10-19, 08:59 PM
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@Heathpack Congrats on the W. TTTs are fun.
Hey I missed the TTT portion of your post, not sure if you meant TTT or if it was a typo and you meant TT.

But anyway: Iíve really wanted to try a TTT but have never had the opportunity. I just got asked to switch race teams maybe a week ago, the idea would be to join the new team for the purpose of racing the State TTT. Sadly Iím out of town for a work conference that weekend. But Iíll probably make the switch in teams so that I can do the State TTT next year. Hopefully, if they still need someone.
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I got asked to do TTT states with the elite squad this year (including @wktmeow). Gonna borrow a bike starting tomorrow and practice on it!
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
Hey I missed the TTT portion of your post, not sure if you meant TTT or if it was a typo and you meant TT.

But anyway: Iíve really wanted to try a TTT but have never had the opportunity. I just got asked to switch race teams maybe a week ago, the idea would be to join the new team for the purpose of racing the State TTT. Sadly Iím out of town for a work conference that weekend. But Iíll probably make the switch in teams so that I can do the State TTT next year. Hopefully, if they still need someone.
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I got asked to do TTT states with the elite squad this year (including @wktmeow). Gonna borrow a bike starting tomorrow and practice on it!
Good job yíall!

Sounds like amazingly exciting torture! Yessssss.

I canít imagine how fast a group TT can go. I see stuff on TV, but still, you all rock to be able to do that.
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Old 05-11-19, 08:30 PM
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I got asked to do TTT states with the elite squad this year (including @wktmeow). Gonna borrow a bike starting tomorrow and practice on it!
I'm excited, this should be super fun.
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Old 05-12-19, 01:27 AM
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Yeah, I'm excited too. Gives me something to train for!
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Doge - Puppy had a nice result today.
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was at the same race as Doge's son (collegiate club nats). the road race was a mess. we made it three miles before an 80 person crash neutralized us for 30 minutes. i got taken out about 25 miles later when the guy in front of me overlapped wheels and hit the deck. bike and body were both too messed up to start the crit :/
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was at the same race as Doge's son (collegiate club nats). the road race was a mess. we made it three miles before an 80 person crash neutralized us for 30 minutes. i got taken out about 25 miles later when the guy in front of me overlapped wheels and hit the deck. bike and body were both too messed up to start the crit :/
I heard the crit was a bit of a mess too due to the rain and slick pavement.
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yeah it sounded like it. i came back to atlanta saturday night rather than stick around to spectate.
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Old 05-14-19, 11:20 AM
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Opening round of the northeast hill climb series. This was a mass start, with an overall as well as age break outs. Shorty. Pissing rain, and wet snow (not sticking) at the summit. 5 of us shattered the field 1/4 mile in as the road kicked up. I sat third wheel, until it seemed prudent to move into second. The leader was the leader. He seemed content to be pounding out the tempo. I could hear my 50+ rival breathing hard, and we shelled him at the two mile mark. He clawed back when the road flattened, but we kicked the tempo up again and he was gone for good. The road flattened again before the left hand turn to the uphill finish and someone bridged and attacked. The leader guy was shot, so I slammed the big ring, dove inside on the last turn and out kicked two guys for the overall win by 2 seconds. First one of these I won the overall.
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Nice win gsteinb - and style points for the big ring finish! How long and how much elevation gain was the climb?
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Nice win gsteinb - and style points for the big ring finish! How long and how much elevation gain was the climb?
oh, it was a little baby thing. I finished in 16:00 minutes.

I'm not good at finding strava stuff, but here's this

https://www.strava.com/activities/984406375
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Old 05-14-19, 03:45 PM
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@gsteinb Congrats on the W.
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@gsteinb - It might've been short, but it looked painful! Good job!
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Old 05-15-19, 09:59 AM
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Tuesday Night Crit last night B race (my 4th of the year) - 2nd.

Was in something like 3 breakaways, very taxing race, and poor awareness on my part in terms of what was actually going on behind me. But it worked out reasonably well. 2nd time in a row I have come in 2nd. Still have never come in first in this B race. But if I keep at it, one of these times it will work out. The video is the last 5.5 laps, with voiceover. This is my first race since switching from stem from 110 to 140, and putting on 38cm alum aero handlebars. Hard for me to know what the difference is with this setup versus me just being tired and not super sharp. In other words, my power numbers were not so great, my sprint not so great. But it was tiring to be near the front and following attacks the whole ride. But looking at the numbers again. 291w normalized for 40 minutes does indicate I think a fairly hard effort.

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Originally Posted by Radish_legs View Post
Tuesday Night Crit last night B race (my 4th of the year) - 2nd.

Was in something like 3 breakaways, very taxing race, and poor awareness on my part in terms of what was actually going on behind me. But it worked out reasonably well. 2nd time in a row I have come in 2nd. Still have never come in first in this B race. But if I keep at it, one of these times it will work out. The video is the last 5.5 laps, with voiceover. This is my first race since switching from stem from 110 to 140, and putting on 38cm alum aero handlebars. Hard for me to know what the difference is with this setup versus me just being tired and not super sharp. In other words, my power numbers were not so great, my sprint not so great. But it was tiring to be near the front and following attacks the whole ride. But looking at the numbers again. 291w normalized for 40 minutes does indicate I think a fairly hard effort.

Nice awareness of the tailwind and timing of the jump. Did that well. Keep knocking at the door and it'll open at some point!
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Old 05-18-19, 05:09 PM
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Flat to rolling, but windy 64 mile road race in the 123 today. Goal was work for team and finish the race. Teammate ended up 3rd and I worked hard t defend the break away. Super punchy start and pretty fast overall. 26ish mph average. Good time had by all and my legs felt great for the first time this season
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Old 05-20-19, 08:23 AM
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Crank the Kanc hill climb TT

a 21.5 mile ITT with the first 16 being 3% avg and the rest averaging 5.5. There was an 18 mph headwind (followed by a 40mph lead out and a max sprint of 52). I hit my expected finish time with 1.5 miles to go. Ouch. Still I rode IAB to the climb, didn’t carry a bottle, and was totally within target power. 40 second off fifth overall, meaning I didn’t get paid. Finished third on the 45+ behind a masters national TT champ, and a guy who podiumed overall at MT Washington. I was the first finisher not on a TT bike.

Third race ace of the season. Two firsts and a third. Northeast hill climb series leader. They are modest achievements for sure, but I’m pleased and at ease.

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Old 05-20-19, 12:50 PM
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it only took me 5 years but finally upgraded to a 4. Raced this weekend, upper half of the pack but should have had some more in me, fitness is good but not quite where I want it (to be fair, I'm doing base training for CX and start build in 2 weeks), so my climbing (Oak Hill in Harvard) was sweet spot instead of over threshold when it counted. On the bright side I was winning for about 5 mins on the first lap lol Also, just to state the obvious, but the coggan chart that is constantly misinterpreted was exposed once again, I did two 10min stretches at 285w (over 4w/kg for me, although I have an entry level allez) and I was not dropping anyone on the climb. I wasn't paying attention to power, but I probably should have up the climb and tried to do threshold (310w) to see what that would yield. I had lots of fun regardless of outcome.
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it only took me 5 years but finally upgraded to a 4. Raced this weekend, upper half of the pack but should have had some more in me, fitness is good but not quite where I want it (to be fair, I'm doing base training for CX and start build in 2 weeks), so my climbing (Oak Hill in Harvard) was sweet spot instead of over threshold when it counted. On the bright side I was winning for about 5 mins on the first lap lol Also, just to state the obvious, but the coggan chart that is constantly misinterpreted was exposed once again, I did two 10min stretches at 285w (over 4w/kg for me, although I have an entry level allez) and I was not dropping anyone on the climb. I wasn't paying attention to power, but I probably should have up the climb and tried to do threshold (310w) to see what that would yield. I had lots of fun regardless of outcome.
I'm pretty sure 10 minutes straight climbing at 4 w/kg would drop at least a few cat 4s. Was it just a straight up 10 minute climb 7%? Cuz if there are any easier parts, or a headwind, or if it's only 5% and you are setting a 4 w/kg pace everyone behind you could be doing 3.5 or less.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
Crank the Kanc hill climb TT

a 21.5 mile ITT with the first 16 being 3% avg and the rest averaging 5.5. There was an 18 mph headwind (followed by a 40mph lead out and a max sprint of 52). I hit my expected finish time with 1.5 miles to go. Ouch. Still I rode IAB to the climb, didnít carry a bottle, and was totally within target power. 40 second off fifth overall, meaning I didnít get paid. Finished third on the 45+ behind a masters national TT champ, and a guy who podiumed overall at MT Washington. I was the first finisher not on a TT bike.

Third race ace of the season. Two firsts and a third. Northeast hill climb series leader. They are modest achievements for sure, but Iím pleased and at ease.
Jealous of those opportunities! And, continued good work on your part with your results!

We've no climbs here, it's a 4 hour drive. I've tried to organize some local hill-sprint group rides and all I get is laughter. I say hill sprint as the longest hills for anyone remotely skinny and strong is like 90 seconds to 3 minutes long.
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I'm pretty sure 10 minutes straight climbing at 4 w/kg would drop at least a few cat 4s. Was it just a straight up 10 minute climb 7%? Cuz if there are any easier parts, or a headwind, or if it's only 5% and you are setting a 4 w/kg pace everyone behind you could be doing 3.5 or less.
I did the same race but in the 1/2 field and I honestly hate that climb. It has punchy sections that make me sad and overall the gradient is lowish and dumb. Then you "crest" the top and it turns into a crit for a few minutes cuz it stays rolling and there are a series of turns you have to sprint out of. It is not the kind of climb where you can sit at a steady wattage, or really ride people off your wheel.

My race was pretty uneventful. 2 of our guys got in the winning break from mile 1, those of us on teams with representation let a few solo strong guys that could help the break bridge to it, then I spent 2.5hrs bouncing off of dude's hips and elbows. Notable events...I think it was determined that one of my vegan teammates could eat a person if the person signed a waiver stating they were consenting to it? Also I accidentally spit in a dude's face, which I still feel bad about cuz it was one of those Clif Blok camel slime things. Tried getting away with 15k to go with a solo slow roll but it was pretty short lived. With 10k to go the pack was exploding into various bits and pieces, and around 3-4k to go the guy in front of me whipped his rear wheel into my front wheel and nearly took me out, so in the interest of self preservation I decided I would sit out the finale and rolled in 10-15sec behind the last stragglers left in the bunch.

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I'm pretty sure 10 minutes straight climbing at 4 w/kg would drop at least a few cat 4s. Was it just a straight up 10 minute climb 7%? Cuz if there are any easier parts, or a headwind, or if it's only 5% and you are setting a 4 w/kg pace everyone behind you could be doing 3.5 or less.

The climb itself was 2.37miles average 3% so it was a mixed bag of gradients (and that portion was about 8mins but there's a little downhill and another kicker that made up those 10min efforts I described above). I was definitely the beneficiary of some energy saving on the 2nd lap (252w). I think I had some bad wheels on the 3rd lap and wasn't in a position to follow a group getting away. I was just talking to the 4th place finisher and he did 3.86w/kg up the climb, which really makes me wonder where I goofed up. I generally feel fitness is king over gear, but occasionally I wonder if lighter gear would help me narrow the gap and save some watts.
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I did the same race but in the 1/2 field
Think I saw you at the school parking lot after my race (I think you were in the CB t-shirt, I was in red MRC kit). Sorry I didn't introduce myself!

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Oh yep, that was me! Feel free to say hi next time, maybe we'll bump into each other at Purgatory!
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