Nationals this year were in Edmonton at the beginning of July. Although I am not entirely content with my result, I feel I am racing with a new perspective. I do not have wattage yet, but I am monitoring my efforts based on heart rate. I now consider large efforts as "matches" and each effort where my HR goes above my lactic threshold, a match is burnt. This has been helping me to quantify just how hard I am working so I don't overdo it and turn into a useless quivering blob of muscle jelly. (Never a good position to be in.)
Moving onto the race:
I lead out the swim in a last minute decision to go for the swim prime of $500. Once on the bike my goal was to maintain a top 5 placing in the pack. Maintain good position, stay out of trouble and moderate my effort. I felt I did this until the final lap in which I was pinched out on the final 180 degree corner. Playing catch up I arrived into t2 at the back of the field when it counted. I ran ok but not what I am capable of. I finished a disappointing 13th overall and 6th Canadian.
Things would look up in racing to come though....
HURRICANE RIDGE HILL CLIMB 28.4km
Upon arrival home, plans went into motion for our annual Hurricane Ridge Climb. My goal was to beat my personal best of 53min from the toll booth. With my HR monitor on I controlled my effort from the beginning, pacing well. I reached the top in a time of 51.44 from the toll booth. 1h 20min and 23 sec from the visitors centre. Good day of riding and looking forward to my next go at it. STRAVA.
|Pre Climb Photo|
Results Found HERE.
It was right into recovery mode for the following week as I had to prepare for the ITU Kelowna Premium Pan American Cup. We had a staging camp in Kelowna for the week leading into the event. It was crutial that I A) recovered from Sooke B) adapt to the heat and C) Activate myself enough to be prepared for the hills and the short efforts it takes for ITU draft legal racing. I entered Kelwona with a bit of a problem though. I discovered that my current race wheels are unfortunately not UCI Legal, meaning I would not be permitted to compete with them. Fortunately Coach Patrick lent me his Mavic Ksyrium wheels from his cross bike. Not bad wheels just not quite the same....
What a relief. I have been struggling in the past years. I have had glimpses of positive performances here and there but in Kelowna I finally put together a race! I have had one of the most consistent years of training. From the winter on, I have had no injury, little to no illness and simply a "Pound the Rock" attitude. This is a step. A barrier that I had placed in front of myself has been broken and I hope to keep pressing forward.
Hope all is well with everyone,
Ciao for now,
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