Sunday, January 8, 2017

San Bruno Hill Climb

Zachary Hilton
San Bruno Hill Climb
Brisbane, CA 
Category 35+ 3/4's Combined with 35+ 1/2/3's
Place: 9
Field: 9
Teammates: None
Weather:  46 clear, headwind
Start Time: 10:04:00 am 
Total Time: 00:22:06
Power: 265 W avg, 535 W max,  267 W NP  
Average Speed: 10 MPH, Top Speed 23.7 MPH
Average HR: 179 Max HR: 187
Elevation Ascent: 1,194


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 with 25mm tires for this race.   I am carrying no bottles of Hammer Heed with me and I wanted to wear the Zaavy Custom Speed suit and I've got a S-Works Evade helmet.  I even took the bottle cages off!  This race is over so fast.  There is no time for drinking.  Pen Velo is really helpful and takes a bag of your stuff to the top!  Thanks!

My goals for this are to get a sub 00:18:00!  I love starting out the season on New Year's Day.  Getting the first one out of the way!  I've tried my hardest to stay away from those that are sick, and each year it a struggle with all the family gatherings and parties.  I felt great the week before this race but got sick a few days before :(  This is really going to effect my time!

We start combined with the 35+ 1/2/3's.  Sometimes its hard to tell the numbering and who's who, but it's a small combined field anyways.  When you're combined with a higher category group stay protected and go for as long as you can.  I got in the front of the line after a good warm up on the rollers, plus a short spin around the parking lot.  Race literally starts off going to the left and then the first climb is upon us!  I'm feeling just fine and settled.  A Mike's Bikes guy goes off the front and tests the group.  Several follow and I am glued to a Pen Velo guys wheel.  He's got a good tempo that I can hold.  We reach the first stop light and slight lull in the course.  The front group accelerates through and drops us.  We are now several groups.  The next portion we hit a head wind, or at least I finally noticed it.  It was stronger than in the past.  I'm already noticing that I'm going slower.  My legs feel powerful but the lungs aren't responding to the full gas.  I've got my heart rate right where I want it, and that's at least fully recovered.  My power is right on for this time of year.  We reach the top for the right turn into the park and the wind is howling!  You have to dodge some rough roads from here on out.  Made it to the final stretches of the climb and there's no one in front to chase down.  Kept the pace up and finished strong.

What I learned....live in a bubble for 31 days in December :)  That's almost impossible for me.  Maybe I will walk around with hand sanitizer like we did when Avery was a baby.  It's all good.  I got the first race out of the way for the 2017 season.  I was slower than any of my previous times.  Probably because of the sickness and headwind.  I noticed that many other times were 1:30-2:00 minutes off their PR's.

Hammer Nutrition has come out with a pre-workout drink mix called Fully Charged.  Sponsored Athletes got a chance to try it out first, and it's been getting rave reviews.  If you haven't order from Hammer before you can get 15% off your first order by using me as a referral.  Click on the link in my blog under the Hammer Nutrition 15%.

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 Red Kite's Bump Circuit Race (Winter) February 5th!

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!





Thursday, August 18, 2016

Red Kite's Bump Circuit Race (Summer)

Zachary Hilton
Red Kite's Bump Circuit Race 
Livermore, CA 
Category 4's
Place: 23
Field: 31
Teammates: Nat Futterman, Luigi Petrone
Weather:  86 sunny, not windy,
Start Time: 10:00:00 am (Opted for the early start to beat the heat)
Total Time: 01:12:00
Power: 230 W avg, 737 W max,  229 W NP  
Average Speed: 20.6 MPH, Top Speed 40.4 MPH
Average HR: 167 Max HR: 190
Elevation Ascent: 1,765


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 with 25mm tires for this race.   I am carrying 2 bottles of Hammer Heed with me to the start and a 2 Hammer Gels (Espresso and Banana).  I wanted to wear the Zaavy Custom Speed suit  I've got a S-Works Evade helmet.

My goals for this race are to get some racing in these legs!  I haven't raced since last month.  I've been doing a few of the San Jose Bicycle Club Tuesday Night Crit's which help keep the race intensity.  I took some time off while camping and enjoying the summer with the family.  This race has some hills to power through, and its on part of the Wente RR course to.

We start around the building from where registration is located.  It's a nuetral start until we all get onto Patterson Pass Rd and get near the first swerve in the road.  I heard the neutral roll out used to be all the way to the start line, but that was too far away.  We are on the first gradual climb when the race starts.  It's hard to move up on this road.  That was scouted out ahead of time.  When we come back around the course and make the right on Patterson Pass Rd I will make sure to be upfront.  Reminds me of the positioning needed in Snelling RR.  The pace is like a Sunday group ride to begin.  I expected more from the Cat 4 Elite's :)  One attack went off the front as we approached Cross Rd.   They let him go, and we caught him on the downhill at Cross to Tesla Rd  We are doing 3 laps around this course.  The bump to the finish is definitely a power climb.  The roads were dry, and I was able to pass up a few who either couldn't find the right gear or were slower.  There is time for a quick downhill recovery before you make a gradual climb and then its a fast downhill to Tesla.  Still centerline is in effect and the single lane road is small with gravel/debris shoulders.  I was able to move up a bit in the group as no one wanted to work on the front and that strung us out.  You can find places to move up on Cross, Tesla, and Greenville Rd.  The place slowed as we made the turn onto Greenville Rd.  There is another power climb thats coming up, and then a fast downhill and all flat until you make the right turn onto Patterson Pass Rd.  I stayed tucked into the front of the group and moved up on the outside before we made the right turn on Patterson Pass.  Good move because now I was in the front 5 and able to set my own tempo in case the group wanted to go faster this time around.  No one came around us until we reached the start/finish for the second time.  The group got feisty and a few went off the front.  A chase ensued and I turned a few matches keeping up the pace and following different wheels as we descend Cross Rd onto Tesla.  We caught them on Tesla Rd.  It was starting to get really hot now and I was finished with one Hammer Heed bottle and a Hammer Gel.  The group was getting faster but I was able to stay tucked in and protected.  The final turn onto Patterson Pass Rd was fast...everyone was trying for positions upfront.  I was mid-pack now and feeling to surges.  I was able to stick with the group about half way up the climb and then I got dropped off the back.

What I learned from this race is that positioning is key.  I hesitated going into the final turn onto Patterson Pass Rd and that cost me some spots and matches.  I came out into the wind to try and get up front and so did everyone else!  I like this course and it suits me well.  If I had more race fitness coming into here I can do well.  I'll be adding it to the calendar for next year.  Hammer Nutrition has come out with a pre-workout drink mix called Fully Charged.  Sponsored Athletes got a chance to try it out first, and it's been getting rave reviews.  If you haven't order from Hammer before you can get 15% off your first order by using me as a referral.  Click on the link in my blog under the Hammer Nutrition 15%.

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 SJBC's Winter Series Prologue (Merkx ITT and 2 Lap RR) September 24th!

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!