Woah. Haven't been here in a long, long while.
In a strange mix of circumstances, life got busy all at once and when that happens the little, less important things have a tendency to fall off the plate. All about priorities right?
So why the sudden silence? Well, work for one thing. WW46 (that's the second week of November for all the non-Intel folks,) was the week that the almost year long software project I was the lead QA engineer for released. Unfortunately the release was on a weekend and overran what sounded to be an amazing PIR Cross Crusade event. I missed this race last year with my bum knee, and I really wanted to do it this year. Oh well.
What else got in the way? Well, about that same time I was handed the reigns of the Portland Velo Racing Team. Ty Lambert, after 3 years of being the DS for the team needed to step down and was confident enough to put one of the most successful powers in OBRA racing in my hands. It's a humbling experience in many ways, but mostly because of the sheer volume of things I took on in the space of a few weeks. Ty did an amazing job laying the foundation for our success and I can only hope to continue on with what he's done. I have some big plans that have been in motion for about a month now and I'm happy that things are going well.
So here I sit, on the eve of the eve of the decade. 10 years ago I was busting my ass getting ready for the Y2K rollover. 5 years ago I was hanging out with Traci and our best friend Irena, watching movies, shopping, and eating the amazing creations that two very talented cooks put together. Last year, I was sitting on the couch, probably icing my knee post-surgery and playing video games. So what did I do on the bike this year? We'll, lets take a look!
Season started December 29th, 2008, which was my first ride post surgery. It lasted a whole 35 minutes, and I averaged 35w and just a hair under 16mph. I remember how bad those first few pedal strokes hurt since the range of motion on the pedal stroke was more than the range of motion my knee had at the time.
The end of the season is a bit ambiguous. My last race was Krugers on the 22nd of November. It was pretty crazy and very very muddy. We'll call the last ride of the season this past Saturday, so December 26th 2009. Of the 363 days in my 2009 season, I have 205 PT files. Figure there were probably 20 or so rides I did on bikes that didn't have my PT attached to them, be it CX or track. I'm going to estimate that I rode 225 days this year. Crazy, but not uncommon in these parts.
WKO has me down for 6055 miles during that time frame. At one point I thought I had flipped 10k miles this season, but I just now realized I didn't reset my ODO on the PT at the start of the season. Oops! I'll estimate another 500 miles for the non PT rides and guess I logged about 6600 or so miles this season. Enough to cover the round trip between my home and our friend's Danny and Irena house in Stow, MA. Along the way I can dip down south in KS and swing through Abilene and get a Clif bar and a new water bottle from my friend Julie.
Total wattage in kJ recorded: 191154.
Total calories burnt: 45730, or approximately 228 pints of Guinness.
Total time in saddle: 14 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, 52 seconds. No wonder my hips were sore more of the year! Average speed for the year was 17mph. Gotta love those recovery miles.
Weight at the start of the season was 192lbs, weight at the end was 186lbs. I floated around 185-187 most of the season.
Longest day in the saddle, 6hrs 41mim 41s, spanning 65 miles. This was the day of De Ronde Portlandia which had me climb two of the steepest climbs in the Portland area at approximately 26% grade and 28% grade. That's about a foot of elevation gain for every 3 feet you move forward.
Longest single ride was 103mi, which took place at the Vine Ride with some teammates. Was a good day on the road.
Highest mileage month was April with 833 miles. Hardest month from a TSS/mile rate was June, however April through August was all very intense from a TSS/mile standpoint, which is probably why I felt like crap at the start of September, which was my lowest month in terms of training.
Highest recorded HR was 189BPM on a random Saturday ride. However, I'm going to guess that my highest seasons HR was probably during the Kilo I raced at the track. Didn't have any measure for that event but it took me almost 10minutes to recover from that effort and I thought I was going to blackout at the end.
Highest recorded speed was 51.4mph. No clue what I was descending on that day. Fastest flatland sprint was 41mph out at PIR.
Mean Max Power: (Max historical wattage shown at any time.) Last season vs this season:
I increase what was already a pretty good top end. I felt very strong when sprinting this year. I figure next year I'll break the mythical 1500w barrier. My 1m wattage was probably higher this year than last since I was just stronger all around, but I didn't really ever have the need for a 1m burst other than my Kilo which wasn't tracked for power. I know I increased my FTP over the season as well. Last 20m effort I did was around 297w.
I had a few goals for 2009, with the biggest being "come back from knee surgery". In April, I won my first of three races this season (two out at PIR and one out at the track.) So I called that goal completed. I also wanted to get my upgrade to Cat 3, which happened in May.
I wanted to be successful against the 1/2/3 field out at PIR. I raced in that field 4 times with 2 DNF's (1 mechanical, 1 due to a crash that I was behind and helped with the aftermath of.) I took a 6th and a 4th in the other two finishes so I know I can hold my own in the sprints out there. Now if the rest of the field would just learn to race safely...
I wanted to do the TTT this year, and I did. The experience was fun, but painful as all hell. I sold my TT bike roughly 1 week later. I am not a TT rider by any means. If I have to do a TT in the future, I'll slap clip-on's to my road bike and call it good.
I wanted to be a stronger rider on the team, and I was. I will never ever be the strongest climber on the team, nor will I even remotely be considered a climber. I did however manager to hang on to every team ride this year, and often times I was an instigator on the road rather than pack fodder.
I wanted to race more on the velodrome this year. Unfortunately I didn't manage that. I only raced once this year, but I made it count by winning a state championship in the kilo.
I wanted to be competitive this year in Cross. I started the season in the Master C's. I finished 3 races in that group with 2 top 10 finishes, including 7th out of 190 at Alpenrose. That got me a call-up the rest of the season for Crusades! Rainer I was looking at another top 10 finish before I flatted. After that I upgraded to the Master B's and promptly started falling apart. Next season I look to come in a bit fresher and hope for a better showing. I'll probably also try to race more of the smaller races vs Crusades. They are just getting to big for their own good.
My 2010 goals are pretty simple. I want to gain more fitness, I want to get down to 175lbs by April, and I want to help the team become stronger. These goals are very obtainable and I look forward to taking the necessary strides to achieve them. I may toss in a stage race if I'm feeling frisky, but it would be solely to support one of the guys on the team.
2010 will probably provide is share of twists and turns and opportunities, and before we know it, we'll be talking about 2011!