My favorite thing so far about Strava is getting compare my efforts on segments with others, especially the freaks we have on our team. I remember when Jessie went out and did a workout on Geiger about a week before he set the new TT record there, and just because of seeing that workout on Strava I went out the next day, all 4.5 watts/kg of me, to see what I could do. Saw Justin coming down as I was going up, maybe for the same reason.
Well, Justin created the Verdi TT segment and we have had a friendly rivalry on this segment, though he’s always been the “KOM”. I’ve been w/in 4 seconds of him, I think. The day I thought I finally became the KOM Justin had ridden the segment that morning, only to reset the record (side note: I later found out he used his disc on that ride. Hmmm).
So I’m building up for Cascade and Nats and circled this morning as a “big” workout for me, trying to bump up my threshold while on my TT bike.
This would be my first ride with my Adamo saddle – necessary unfortunately because of my tiny bike and tiny body. I decided to pull out a couple other tricks to see if I could also break Justin’s record; I didn’t go as far as a rear disc but I did mount my new profile water bottle and cage (good for at least .5 watt reduction???) and also used my Giro sweat-maching aero helmet. I decided on the helmet ultimately because it helps me hold my position, or know when I’m not holding it. And perfect practice makes perfect. Thought about the skin suit but decided against because how would I carry the real water bottle?
The morning was about perfect – sunny and calm. You kind of get the feeling that the day was bigger than both Justin and I. The record, my new record, was destiny.
I spun out easy and set my other water bottle and glasses behind the gawdy Sommerset “gate”. Time to see what I gots today. The first effort felt good, and my power was up a bit from my previous best of 308 or so. I sort of know some of the checkpoints and all signs pointed to a new record, so I settled in knowing I would be doing at least one more of these. Again, not really knowing where the segment ends exactly it seems like I must have the record. Won’t really know until I go home and download.
Six minute rest and then off for the second effort. I told myself I wanted to over-gear a bit on this one, i.e. slow my cadence some, to see if there was any difference. Well, I think the only real difference is that my position may have been better on the second attempt – probably able to keep my head lower because my neck/shoulders were warmed-up. The 2nd effort was 20watts lower but only 7 seconds slower. Tail wind? Who knows.
Okay, why this stupid blog? Well, because the one thing I thought would have the least impact on me this season – Strava – is probably having the biggest. It’s helping me train and improve and that’s cool.
So yes, I now have the record – strava file here if you care. I’m guessing I’ll have it until exactly tomorrow when Justin decides to go a bit harder out there.