Monday, September 18, 2017

University Road Race

Zachary Hilton
University RR
Category 35+ 4's
Santa Cruz, CA 
Place: 7
Teammates: None
Weather:  58 cloudy, but roads not wet for our race
Start Time: 10:40:00
Total Time: 01:49:58
Power: 215 W avg, 520 W max, 222 W NP  
Average Speed: 16.2 MPH, Top Speed 45.9 MPH
Average HR: 161 Max HR: 184
Elevation Ascent: 3,832 ft


Training Peaks Data

I'm riding a 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac with Ultegra 6800 53/39 11 speed group set with an 11/28 for this race. I have a pair for Race Rim carbon tubular 32's for this race. I'm wearing my Road Suit from Zaavy Custom Apparel, and my S-Works Prevail II helmet. I follow Hammer Nutrition's Steve Born on many pre-race strategies.  Hammer Nutrition's Fully Charged is on the menu before the race too.  Another great race for the spectators and crowds are all over this race course.

My goals for this race are to get that race bug back!  I haven't raced since Cat's Hill Classic at the end of April when I crashed hard and it took me forever to heal!  Welcome to being 40 says my wife. I got a 25 minute warm up on the rollers and did some quick laps around the parking lot before riding to the start line.  Registration and parking are right on the course. 

Usually buy this time of year I'm ready for the intensity of this race.  It's a race of attrition and laps full of climbing.  It's a small field of climbers that I know and they all have been racing this summer.  The best I can do is hold on to as long as I can in the small pack and then chase off the back.  After 3 laps thats exactly what happened.  Overall it felt great to be back and living in the Bay Area where the official racing season ends in September....there are so many informal race series until January 1.  Low Key Hill Climbs, San Jose Bicycle Club Winter Series, and SLO LSD in December.

I've been missing out on writing these race reports too.  I've been on a new adventure as a Commissioner for the City of Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission (Gilroy BPAC). That's involved a lot of writing for me and I'm glad to be apart of the movement.  I will be racing this Fall/Winter and begin to write up the race reports again.   


Time to recover with Hammer Nutrition's Recoverite and get a good night sleep.  Don't forget to recover during your sleep and take some Hammer Whey to boost that HGH.  I've also added Hammer Nutrition's Chromate, and Super Antioxidant to the recovery mix.  Both have great recovery ingredients!  

Next race will be San Jose Bicycle Club's Winter Series October 8!

Thanks for reading!
Thanks to Hammer Nutrition!
Thanks to Nature's Bakery!
Thanks to RaceRim!
Thanks to iRC Tire USA!
Thanks to SJBC Race Team!






Monday, May 1, 2017

Cat's Hill Classic Criterium

Zachary Hilton
Cat's Hill Classic Criterium
Category 35+ 4's
Los Gatos, CA 
Place: 11
Field: 15
Teammates: None
Weather:  79 sunny, first warm race of the season
Start Time: 01:55:00
Total Time: 00:30:28
Power: 249 W avg, 835 W max, 254 W NP  
Average Speed: 19.1 MPH, Top Speed 33.8 MPH
Average HR: 161 Max HR: 183
Elevation Ascent: 705


Training Peaks Data

I'm riding a 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac with Ultegra 6800 53/39 11 speed group set with an 11/28 for this race. I have a pair for Race Rim carbon tubular 32's for this race. I'm wearing my new Road Suit from Zaavy Custom Apparel, and my new S-Works Prevail II helmet. I follow Hammer Nutrition's Steve Born on many pre-race strategies.  Another great race for the spectators and crowds are all over this race course.

My goals for this race are to continue to try and get my fitness back to wear I need to be this time of year.  The field is stacked with eager Pen Velo riders that are surely to keep the race constantly hard.

I got a 20 minutes warm up on the rollers and did a quick lap around the course before riding to the start line.  Small field all stretched out across the start line and at the gun Pen Velo attacked off the front and we were single file all the way to the hill where it would break up on the hill.  Basically no place to hide!  The 4th lap up the hill I was in the middle of two riders when James Cho from Tesla on my left started to lean into me right as we finished sprinting up the hill...before I had time to shove him off he leaned so hard into me that it threw me into the rider on my right and he took us down...while Tesla rider James Cho rode off.  I hit the back tire luckily as I fell of the rider in front of me.  I pretty much bounced off his tire on my right rib cage and hit the ground unclipped.  I hoped right back up as the moto came up to me and told me if I was OK I could go back to the start and get a restart.  I couldn't catch my breath at all and I actually thought I might have broken some ribs.  Luckily my breathing slowed, bike works, and everyone around me cheering me on to finish the race.  I used a short cut and rode off to the start line.  I restarted and finished the race but it was really hard to breath still.  It helped having my wife, daughter, and good friends cheer me on at the top of the hill till I finished.   Nothing broken and that will only make me stronger.  I usually don;t have to defend myself too much because most of my races aren't that aggressive.  Most back off when they get close and nudge shoulders.  I won't allow that to happen to me again.

Time to recover with Hammer Nutrition's Recoverite and get a good night sleep.  Don't forget to recover during your sleep and take some Hammer Whey to boost that HGH.  I've also added Hammer Nutrition's Chromate, and Super Antioxidant to the recovery mix.  Both have great recovery ingredients!  

Next race will be Pescadero RR June 3rd!

Thanks for reading!
Thanks to Hammer Nutrition!
Thanks to Nature's Bakery!
Thanks to RaceRim!
Thanks to iRC Tire USA!
Thanks to SJBC Race Team!