This article is the final installment of my self analysis from the Wednesday Night Time Trial Series, held annually, and produced by the great folks at Colorado Endurance Sports. Check out the first, second, and third TT analyses of the series for details on how the race progressed over first three weeks of the four week series.
WNTT Series #4The final of four time trials brought us back to Cheyenne Cañon and 3.2 miles straight uphill. I have to admit that I was not looking forward to this last TT, mostly because the training in the previous month was taking its toll on my body. I was tired. On the other hand, I was determined to give it everything I had, and even if that was not my personal best, I wanted to do my best on that day. You can view the data for this TT (including warm up and cool down) here.
My best on this day was not bad, but also not good. Official time up the Cañon was 19:06, which was better by 14 seconds than two weeks prior. What was bad about it was I remember distinctly feeling completely cooked as I passed by the water fall, about three quarters of the way up. By the time I hit the steepest switchback of the climb, I had mentally given up. I was suffering from the effects of a huge block of training that had started about a month prior, and though I was certainly physically showing signs of improvement, I needed a rest. This very hard effort was final push for the training block, and all signs pointed to the need for some solid recovery time.The numbers: I averaged 286 W for 18:55 which comes to an even 4.1 W/kg. Max power was 789 W. If you remember, the previous TT up the Cañon saw an average of 289 W, with a max power of 693 W. While these numbers are fairly consistent, mentally, the two time trials were on two separate planets. I would speculate that if I were feeling fresh, this time up would have surpassed the previous effort by quite a bit.
As for results, I managed to take first place in the 35+B division. I guess that makes me the fastest of the slow, old guys group. I’ll take it!
The following chart outlines my progress from the first time trial to the last (click to see details).