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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
White Mountain Road Club
55F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 36m 40s
Overall Rank = 20/55
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Racing in CAT 5 male group
Bike
  • 36m 40s
  • 14.35 miles
  • 23.48 mile/hr
Comments:

The course was slightly uphill going out, a 200ft elevation rise, with an avg. of 10 to 15 mph cross-headwind. It was a slow grind at 20 mph. The downslope and wind aided some speed but I couldn't muster any speeds above 30 mph, and avg. about 28 coming back.

Speeds were down significantly over previous years due to high crosswinds.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Post race
Warm down:

A 20 min cool down

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Struggling into the winds.

Event comments:

My OFFICIAL time was 37:30, but I broke the cardinal rule, I was late to my start time at 9:17 am... I was penalised with time. My ACTUAL time was 36:40, this places me with the 8th fastest time of the male CAT 5 group.

My avg. watts should have gotten me to about 25 mph avg., but I guess it was the winds that made the difference.

The winds were a bitch.

During my cool down lap I had an accident when I ran into a metal event sign in the bike lane. I wasn't paying attention and had my head down looking at my computer and WHAMMO! I was taken to hospital for evaluation, no broken bones, moderate whiplash and mild concussion. This ended my racing for the weekend.

These events are humbling, when you're competing against such high quality cyclists. I may be fast as a triathlon ager, but not really that competitive against younger and significantly faster guys and gals. It's astounding how some higher class of cyclists can get 30 minutes in these conditions.




Last updated: 2013-02-13 12:00 AM
Biking
00:36:40 | 14.35 miles | 23.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 8/55
Performance: Good
Avg. HR 162.5, avg. watts 295
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: An out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2013-02-17 3:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Valley of the Sun Stage Race
Nice work - I was in a group ride yesterday and the wind seemed to be blowing from every direction. Also humbled as a Tri Geek, when I ride with bona fide roadies. But congrats on a really strong finish.
2013-02-17 5:15 PM
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Thanks, I'm getting tired of the winds.  I don't know if or how the conditions changed later on since I was at the hospital for a while, then I went home. 
2013-02-19 11:52 AM
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Nice job. Glad you're (mostly) OK.
2013-02-21 2:27 PM
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I did this event last year.  That's awesome you did so well on the TT portion.

Next year, wait until after the RR to hit a sign.  Crap, last year there was a Cat 1 guy that went through the back of a car's window and piled up about 8 other cyclists. 

Anyway...good job!  I at least hope the nurse's were hot. 

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