Monday, April 11, 2011
2011 Tour of the Battenkill
It was a long day in the saddle..too long in fact that I almost bonked. I was on the road 45 minutes more than I expected to be..but that's what happens when you ride a race pretty much on your own without the benefit of drafting. I looked at my Power Meter data (post-race) and saw that I averaged 220w (normalized power) for three hours and forty-five minutes. I also averaged 167 bpm for the entire race. That's 86% of my HRmax for close to 4 hrs. (non-stop except for the crash) burning just shy of 3000 calories along the way- with only one and a half bottles of water, one bottle of gatorade and two Gu's/gels that I carried on my bike.
Having said all that, it really was a beautiful day for a bike race. Temps were in the low to mid 60s..clear skies. The wind picked-up later in the race and made it difficult on already tired legs. My Garmin computer said I climbed 4500 ft. I don't know if that is correct or not since the race guide said it was close to 1000 ft. less. All I know is, there was a lot of climbing. I can see where people say that this is one of the toughest one-day races in America. It's one thing to recreational ride a course like Battenkill and another to RACE it. I think there were 10 dirt/gravel sections of road. As a friend of mine said, "It's a beast". As a whole I don't think my team (Team Pure Energy Cycling) faired so well on the day. I heard there were a bunch of flats, mechanicals, etc. But, there were some bright spots..Bobby Lea taking 4th place in the Pro race and Jim Ludovici (who I coached) 15th in the Cat 4 race. Great job guys!
I was very disappointed with the day..but that's racing. Thank God I didn't get hurt in the crash..so I'm thankful for that. (I heard there was a crash earlier on in the day on a high speed descent on gravel where they had to med-evac someone to the hospital). I really wanted to place well..hoping it would reflect the hard work I put in over the Winter and my 12 lb. weight loss. Having said that, I did notice I climbed MUCH better than I have before..so that's a plus. The only thing I can do now, is keep it goin' and look for another race where I can hopefully show-off my hard work and weight loss. Until then, Power ON! Coach Rob
Posted by Rob Muller at 11:24 PM