My fitness is starting to come around. This weekend I rode with the Bike Masters crew Saturday morning. About 30 - 40 guys and one gal showed up for a ride to Two Rivers State park.
I felt good all morning, although I blew myself up a couple times. One time was up a long hill, I was up front pushing the pace then a fellow cat 3 came flying by me... I chased him of course. I felt like I was catching him, but was done after about 2 minutes. Another time I was in the back of the pack and some guys got off the front so I tried to bridge. I went hard, but again I was gassed after a few minutes.
So, knowing that I had good speed but only a few minutes to use it, I was going to try to win a sprint to the "Stop Head" sign just North of Maple by Waterloo. I stayed in the comfort of the group for the miles up to the sign. When the group was about 4 minutes from the sign I moved up on the left side. It was still too early to start the sprint. I had pick out a point that I would go and was just waiting. Fortunatly, somebody right in front of me went for it first. He was strong but I was right in his slip stream. I had just enough left to take him for the sprint.
I had another promising effort up a long hill. I don't know the actual time it took to climb but it seemed like about 6+ minutes. I was able to keep a sustained maximal effort most of the way. Much of this effort was about 7 beats below my HRmax. I wish that I didn't have to work so hard but it was good to see that I could maintain that type of effort
Sunday, I did a slow 3hr endurance ride. It was nice to do an "under-reaching" ride. I had about an hour in zone 2 and the rest in zone 1. Nice and easy.
I have about another 10days of training until the Souix Falls race. I think I will be ok. I think I will be just hanging on but that is fun too. More 2 day training blocks... a hard day followed by an moderate day.