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Apr
10

2010 Fair Park Crit – Saturday only

Hangin' on at Fair Park Crit

The 2010 Fair Park Criterium was hosted this weekend, April 3rd and 4th, on a new course that offered more challenges than in previous years. There was a hairpin turn right after the start/finish, then several changes in pavement as the course swept around several different parking lots and islands, then some chicanes, two sweepers, a little pump-up that resembled a mountain bike ramp, and then a 270 back to the finish line. The race directors are getting LAZY, and are merging categories, so we ended up with 75+ racers in the Cat 3/4, on a 60 minute effort.

Despite warnings to stay near the front, I had a poor start and was back maybe 20 riders for the first several laps. It had been an emotional week, and I was sort of spent, even though I hadn’t had any hard workouts or anything like that. Then, about 4 or 5 laps in, at the 270 left hand sweeper, someone next to me scraped their inside pedal and lost control, sending himself and several of my teammates to the pavement. It also created a gap in the race, and I just barely was able to rejoin the leaders. Another problem, the heat and humidity, is just starting up in Texas, and it always takes me a little while to adapt to it. The course was a little too technical for me to reach down and grab a drink with confidence, and the amount really wouldn’t have mattered, but I ended up with a dry mouth and later, a ‘warning’ cramp in my right calf. Finally, in the middle of the race, a rider went down hard after sinking his wheel in to a longitudinal groove, and in the spreading melee, I ended up riding over what I believe was his calf. I really, really hope I didn’t break it. Apparently he was unconscious for a time.

After all the wrecks and the speed and handling of the peloton, we were down to about half the number of original entrants, and there were about four Mirage riders in there – Sean, Jason, Ben, and myself. Sean was bleeding from one of the wrecks, but he’d taken advantage of the free lap and had caught back on. Jason was riding aggressively, and had either been near the front or on it several times. I also took some hard pulls for 3 separate laps to try and reel in some small breakaways. But I never felt 100%, and I never felt that I could launch something hard and spectacular enough to escape or form a breakaway. Maybe it’s something I need to work on, but crits just aren’t my thing, and at the finish, I ended up something like 15th or worse. I felt bad that I couldn’t help my teammates out, but the course was so squirrelly, and my calf kept threatening to cramp on me, and I just, didn’t, have it.

Kudos to the winners, and once again, I’m grateful for my teammates, who remain solid, steady companions in the Texas racing scene. We’ll do better next week guys, I promise.

Wattage values were negligible. Average power was 253 while Pnorm was 277. I burned 885 Kilojoules. I spent 20 minutes of the 58 total in the AC zone, which is typical for a crit. So… I need to work on my AC intervals and Micro-Intervals if I’m going to perform better in the flat races around her. (Sigh). I wish I could get back to the mountains, where my p/w ratio really shines!

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3 Responses to “2010 Fair Park Crit – Saturday only”


  1. 2010/04/04 at 7:53 pm

    Sounds like a typical early season 3s races. What were your peak power values? It would be interesting to see how the race profile looked.

    I write a lot about crit racing at criteriumcoahing.com. If you want any help let me know.

    Steve

    • 2010/04/04 at 8:52 pm

      Steve,
      Thanks for posting. The PPV’s (and more) were as such:

      Entire workout (238 watts):
      Duration: 1:09:27
      Work: 900 kJ
      TSS: 80.5 (intensity factor 0.878)
      Norm Power: 271
      VI: 1.14
      Pw:HR: 13.91%
      Pa:HR: 9.24%
      Distance: 24.683 mi
      Elevation Gain: 248 ft
      Elevation Loss: 245 ft
      Grade: 0.0 % (3 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 238 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 197 177 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 89 rpm
      Speed: 0 68.2 21.3 mph
      Pace 0:53 0:00 2:49 min/mi
      Altitude: -6 23 9 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 214 lb-in

      Peak 5s (835 watts):
      Duration: 0:05
      Work: 4 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 12.11%
      Pa:HR: -5.54%
      Distance: 191 ft
      Elevation Gain: 0 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 1.2 % (2 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 697 899 835 watts
      Heart Rate: 183 184 183 bpm
      Cadence: 97 118 108 rpm
      Speed: 24.4 28 26.0 mph
      Pace 2:08 2:28 2:18 min/mi
      Altitude: 7 9 8 ft
      Crank Torque: 499 775 657 lb-in

      Peak 10s (727 watts):
      Duration: 0:10
      Work: 7 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 14.94%
      Pa:HR: -19.13%
      Distance: 387 ft
      Elevation Gain: 0 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 1.2 % (5 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 584 899 727 watts
      Heart Rate: 183 186 184 bpm
      Cadence: 97 123 111 rpm
      Speed: 20.9 32.9 26.4 mph
      Pace 1:50 2:52 2:17 min/mi
      Altitude: 7 11 8 ft
      Crank Torque: 404 775 563 lb-in

      Peak 20s (520 watts):
      Duration: 0:20
      Work: 10 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: -101.08%
      Pa:HR: -28.46%
      Distance: 731 ft
      Elevation Gain: 0 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 0.5 % (4 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 31 899 520 watts
      Heart Rate: 183 187 184 bpm
      Cadence: 42 125 97 rpm
      Speed: 16.2 32.9 24.9 mph
      Pace 1:50 3:42 2:24 min/mi
      Altitude: 6 13 9 ft
      Crank Torque: 62 775 418 lb-in

      Peak 30s (494 watts):
      Duration: 0:30
      Work: 14 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 34.95%
      Pa:HR: 17.33%
      Distance: 0.216 mi
      Elevation Gain: 0 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 0.6 % (7 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 899 494 watts
      Heart Rate: 183 196 190 bpm
      Cadence: 92 125 112 rpm
      Speed: 15.7 33.7 26.0 mph
      Pace 1:47 3:49 2:19 min/mi
      Altitude: 7 14 10 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 775 375 lb-in

      Peak 1min (372 watts):
      Duration: 1:00
      Work: 22 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 20.37%
      Pa:HR: -5.59%
      Distance: 0.428 mi
      Elevation Gain: 0 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 0.1 % (2 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 902 372 watts
      Heart Rate: 173 193 185 bpm
      Cadence: 69 131 104 rpm
      Speed: 15.4 35.4 25.7 mph
      Pace 1:42 3:54 2:20 min/mi
      Altitude: 5 14 9 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 838 301 lb-in

      Peak 2min (324 watts):
      Duration: 2:00
      Work: 38 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 15.24%
      Pa:HR: 15.73%
      Distance: 0.847 mi
      Elevation Gain: 10 ft
      Elevation Loss: 0 ft
      Grade: 0.1 % (6 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 790 324 watts
      Heart Rate: 169 191 185 bpm
      Cadence: 25 111 97 rpm
      Speed: 16.8 31.6 25.4 mph
      Pace 1:54 3:34 2:22 min/mi
      Altitude: 4 20 14 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 820 282 lb-in

      Peak 5min (311 watts):
      Duration: 7:45
      Work: 93 kJ
      TSS: n/a
      Norm Power: n/a
      VI: n/a
      Pw:HR: 24.62%
      Pa:HR: -159.62%
      Distance: 2.034 mi
      Elevation Gain: 20 ft
      Elevation Loss: 20 ft
      Grade: 0.0 % (0 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 311 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 187 160 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 95 rpm
      Speed: 0 34.4 15.7 mph
      Pace 1:45 0:00 3:49 min/mi
      Altitude: -3 17 8 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 267 lb-in

      Peak 10min (287 watts):
      Duration: 12:45
      Work: 171 kJ
      TSS: 14.9 (intensity factor 0.97)
      Norm Power: 300
      VI: 1.05
      Pw:HR: 20.93%
      Pa:HR: -47.5%
      Distance: 4.067 mi
      Elevation Gain: 41 ft
      Elevation Loss: 40 ft
      Grade: 0.0 % (1 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 287 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 193 170 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 92 rpm
      Speed: 0 35.4 19.1 mph
      Pace 1:42 0:00 3:08 min/mi
      Altitude: -5 17 7 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 249 lb-in

      Peak 20min (263 watts):
      Duration: 22:45
      Work: 315 kJ
      TSS: 28.1 (intensity factor 0.929)
      Norm Power: 287
      VI: 1.09
      Pw:HR: 19.38%
      Pa:HR: -22.1%
      Distance: 8.161 mi
      Elevation Gain: 61 ft
      Elevation Loss: 61 ft
      Grade: 0.0 % (3 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 263 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 197 175 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 91 rpm
      Speed: 0 68.2 21.5 mph
      Pace 0:53 0:00 2:47 min/mi
      Altitude: -5 19 7 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 231 lb-in

      Peak 30min (256 watts):
      Duration: 32:45
      Work: 460 kJ
      TSS: 40.9 (intensity factor 0.912)
      Norm Power: 282
      VI: 1.1
      Pw:HR: 13.92%
      Pa:HR: -15.25%
      Distance: 12.24 mi
      Elevation Gain: 111 ft
      Elevation Loss: 103 ft
      Grade: 0.0 % (4 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 256 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 197 178 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 91 rpm
      Speed: 0 68.2 22.4 mph
      Pace 0:53 0:00 2:41 min/mi
      Altitude: -5 22 9 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 227 lb-in

      Peak 60min (247 watts):
      Duration: 1:02:45
      Work: 889 kJ
      TSS: 78.5 (intensity factor 0.889)
      Norm Power: 275
      VI: 1.11
      Pw:HR: 9.2%
      Pa:HR: -2.7%
      Distance: 24.01 mi
      Elevation Gain: 237 ft
      Elevation Loss: 235 ft
      Grade: -0.0 % (-3 ft)
      Min Max Avg
      Power: 0 950 247 watts
      Heart Rate: 114 197 181 bpm
      Cadence: 19 136 90 rpm
      Speed: 0 68.2 23.0 mph
      Pace 0:53 0:00 2:37 min/mi
      Altitude: -6 23 9 ft
      Crank Torque: 0 1055 222 lb-in

      Crits are not my chosen specialty – I much prefer hills and sustained climbs or breakaways, but yeah, I love what your website says. “Most races in the US are crits” or something similar. It’s true, therefore you have to adapt, or remain stuck in the 3’s.

      The course had its’ challenges, with a bunch of twists, turns, even a 5′ pop-climb that messed with your momentum. I just never felt quite right, quite like I could light it up, pop one off, get away and stay away. I’ve had enough bar hooks to know that the sprint is not my specialty, so I therefore am relying on teammates, bike handling, fitness and escape tactics, which have only semi-worked in the past several years. It’s frustrating, but you know, when you start looking at 40, and you’re already diagnosed with osteopaenia, you hedge. I was that way when I raced XC, and there were 6 inches of singletrack between a wall and a cliff, and people just BEAT me on the descents. It sucked then, it sucks now, but I’m more philosophical about it.

      More racing to come, so I’ll be more on top of my game, I’m sure. Email me off list and I’ll send you the file.

  2. 2010/04/07 at 5:48 pm

    Obviously, it is rather hard to tell by look at these numbers. It looks like you were sitting in pretty good. You definately have some good power. A little work on sprinting can help your climbing and maybe even change your mind about crits. You should put a screen shot of your race.


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