Wednesday Night Time Trial Series 2012 No. 2

The following is an analysis of my performance in the first time trial of the series, which was Cheyenne Cañon. The full workout, including warm up and cool down can be found here.

The second time trial in Colorado Endurance Sports’ Wednesday Night Time Trial Series was Cheyenne Cañon. This climb is pretty infamous in Colorado. It has 1250 feet of elevation gain in 3.2 miles, and last 1000 meters is at a 10% incline. The men’s course record is held by Tom Danielson at 13:34, and the women’s course record is held by Kelly Crowley at 17:11. Needless to say, it is a seriously tough climb.

WNTT#2 Cheyenne Cañon

WNTT#2 Cheyenne Cañon

My official time up the Cañon was 19:20. I went as hard as I could on the day, and was happy to hit the time I did. Again, I rode my TT bike to be consistent though this series. My hope was to negative split my power output, so having a good idea of what I can produce for a sustained 20 minutes, all-out effort (which I knew this would be close to), I began just under that number and planned to finish just above it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hang onto the 294 W output after the first half of the climb. It went downhill from there. Here are the numbers:

Cheyenne Cañon by the Numbers

Cheyenne Cañon by the Numbers

I averaged 289 W for the 19:20, which is about 4.11 W/kg. This was down .09 W from last week’s TT on Gold Camp. My maximum power was 693 W, which, like last week, happened at the start. This was a consciously more conservative start, but frankly, I don’t think it made a difference. My heart rate monitor for this ride was not functioning properly, so I have no idea what the actual effort was, but trust me: the term “tasting lung” doesn’t begin to describe how hard it was!

Stay tuned for analysis of #3, and #4 of the Wednesday Night Time Trial Series 2012. If you haven’t already, read about #1 in the series

Check out Trismarter.com coach Lee Gardner’s analysis of his own performance at the Wednesday Night Time Trial Series, and stay tuned for more!