Race 2 report! Another super tough race and this time I stayed with the front group longer. Still, I was doing 5 w/kg in the draft! This is where some perspective really helps. If this was an outdoor road race, for me to be doing 5 w/kg in the draft, the front group would need to be doing about 7 w/kg. And we are talking doing that kind of power, non-stop (remember no coasting), for over 30 min (which is when they reached the top of the Epic QOM). Yeah, not happening IRL.
The other important fact to provide perspective: these racers are pros. Have been racing for a long time. I started riding a road bike at the end of 2015 at age 43.
1st place - Katheryn Curi
2nd place - Former international rower turned pro-cyclist
3rd place - former collegiate-level competitive cyclist
With all of that in mind,I have absolutely no idea what I was doing participating in that race!!!
So here is how it went for me. After doing 4 minutes at 5 w/kg and 6 minutes at over 4.5 w/kg (average!), I got dropped. Took a breather and proceed to do my workout! Can you spot the 20/20s intervals below?
The good news is, lot of PRs:
So all in all, I had a good race. From the perspective of someone looking at my result in Z Power however, they would say that I suck! But the truth is, I was way out of my league.