Sunday, March 25, 2012
Blog update - Seal Team 6 Edition
Targeting the Dirty Kanza 200 with a vengeance this year. Didn't enter in 2011 due to work commitments, and my 2010 entry ended with a complete shutdown at mile 85 (I'm still not sure how I could be falling asleep and pedaling at the same time). My first goal is to finish on Saturday, rather than Sunday morning. My second goal is an overall time of 15 hours with breaks. I think it's doable if I ride smart and avoid any mechanicals. I've engaged the services of Zoom Performance coach JJ Bailey. He's been a successful endurance athlete over the years and he had an opening in his schedule so I decided to go for it. My training has never been very organized. Ride, ride, ride, ride some more, rest when you tired, repeat. My coached sessions have me riding a lot of 1.5 - 2 hour blocks with specific goals in mind. Seat time, hard intervals, watching my heart rate, etc. Long rides have been in the 3.5 - 4 hour range. It's definitely a different approach. Despite the lack of distance so far, my weight is just under 200 lbs in March (woot!), and it feels like my fitness is the best it's been in a long time. Hopefully I can drop another 10 - 15 lbs before race weekend in early June to bring my power to weight ratio in line a bit more than it is. With vacation on the horizon this week, I hope to get my Triple-D and CIRREM race reports up as well. That's about all for now.