- April 22, 2019 at 10:40 am #19623
Hi Coach Lynda,
I just raced the Bootlegger 100 (107 mile mountain gravel race with 10,000 ft of climbing) on Saturday. This was the first of three back to back races 2 weeks apart that I recently asked you about modifying my training plans for.
Well, it was quite hard and I did not perform very well in this one. There are a bunch of reasons I suspect why, and I wanted to ask you about a couple. I’m trying to learn from what happened as much as I can.
Here is what was primarily different. I have a new geared bike (29+) that I have been using for the past 3 weeks for my interval workouts. I still use my singlespeed fat bike for the trail and larger workouts since that is my primary race bike.
Other than the last 3 weeks I haven’t ridden on gears in over 12years, so I am not skilled at choosing and shifting gears efficiently. This Saturday’s race was a gravel grinder, I decided to race with the geared bike. This would be the first race and only the third ride on gears I have done in the mountains. I think I really messed up riding geared Style. I think I allowed myself to push higher gears than I should for longer than I should. I really stayed on the power pretty continuously. Then, when all of the climbing came, I was climbing terribly and had no energy. I would then swing way back to lower gears than I ever use on the singlespeed. Then I was just spinning so fast but going too slow and getting passed frequently. The race started out hot with road rider style 22.5 mph average, I was in my top gear hammering hard. During the climbs I just couldn’t keep up with people I normally out-run when on the singlespeed. In fact many passed me and I usually spend my time passing folks on the climbs.
So…. I think I fell into a trap of using gears and not being disciplined like singlespeed forces me. Additional information is that after the race, my TrainingPeaks recorded a number of new personal records for me in power for various durations, so I know I was continuously on the power for longer than normal.
I have found that using the geared bike for the interval workouts that I can stay in the zones much better and I think I am getting more out of them, but I also find that I am spinning less and “hammering” more at lower cadence. I’m not sure if that’s good.
Maybe I just need to be able to sustain high power for longer periods? Are there power training workouts that I should do?
Finally, I’m wondering if my training and tapering for this race was proper and I want to make sure I am not over-training. I didn’t feel quite as energetic to start this race as normal. Could I pay you for a little consulting time to take a high level look at my Performance Management curves?
Please let me know what you think!
- April 22, 2019 at 5:24 pm #19626
- April 23, 2019 at 10:43 am #19627
Thanks! I sent an email, not sure if it’s getting caught up in spam folder though.
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