Friday, July 8, 2016

Mt. Diablo Hill Climb TT (NCNCA Hill Climb Championships)

Zachary Hilton
Mt Diablo Hill Climb TT (NCNCA Hill Climb Championships)
Diablo, CA 
Category 35+ 4/5's
Place: 4
Field: 9
Teammates: Miguel Vargas
Weather:  84 sunny, not windy
Start Time: 10:15:00 am
Total Time: 00:32:29
Power: 258 W avg, 770 W max,  259 W NP  
Average Speed: 11.4 MPH, Top Speed 31.6 MPH
Average HR: 183 Max HR: 191
Elevation Ascent: 1,644


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.  During my pre-race ride the rear 32 hub was making a clicking noise and I decided to switch it with the 46 as the rear wheel.  I wasn't willing to chance a lock up in the wheel!  Although I could have used the slimmer and lighter wheel! I follow Hammer Nutrition's Steve Born on many pre-race strategies.   I am carrying 1 bottle of Hammer Heed with me to the start and a Hammer Gel.  Zaavy Custom SJBC short sleeve speedsuit is being used.  I've got a S-Works Evade helmet.

My goals for this race are to set a higher FTP (Functional Threshold Power) on the climb and go sub 30 minutes for the race.  In order to get on the podium, that's the time you need.  I am going to try and not overheat.  I have brought some frozen towels with me during the warm-up.  My start time is a bit late, and it will be 84 degrees at the start.  This mountain has no shade.

The start is a mile from the warm-up area.  Some years they have had a start ramp and someone to hold you so you can be clipped in.  This year there isn't a ramp, but someone holding you so you can get off faster.  My plan is to hold around 10W less than my current FTP for the first 1.5 miles and then once the climb starts hold a steady 260-270 W.  There are some areas of this climb that are so steep, that I will be going above threshold.  From the start it was hot, but no wind.  I'm through the first 1.5 miles at a faster pace, and not burning too many matches.  I hit the climb and feeling great.  I was catching some of the racers that started before me.  We can use the whole right side of the road.  I was cutting all the corners and taking the turns as straight as possible.  Around mile 4.2 I started too overheat, and I was beginning to slow down.  I continued to push as hard a possible, and was able to get a good effort for the final mile.

What I learned from this race is that I need to sign up for an earlier Wave!  I could have started one hour earlier.  I've been putting in the work on the bike and might have backed off a bit too much leading up to this race. I haven't been doing too much extreme heat riding and racing yet this year.  This was the first!  

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 The Bump Circuit Race July 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!



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Pescadero Road Race

Zachary Hilton
Pescadero Classic Road Race
Pescadero, CA 
Category 35+ 4's
Place: DNP
Field: 33
Teammates: NONE
Weather:  64 sunny
Start Time: 09:50:00 am
Total Time: 00:29:00
Power: 233 W avg, 742 W max,  240 W NP  
Average Speed: 19.5 MPH, Top Speed 38.1 MPH
Average HR: 161 Max HR: 184
Elevation Ascent: 764


I'm riding a 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac with Ultegra 6800 53/39 11 speed group set with an 11/32 for this race.  I have a pair for Race Rim carbon tubular 46's with 25mm tires for this race.  I follow Hammer Nutrition's Steve Born on many pre-race strategies.   I am carrying 2 bottles of Hammer Heed with me,  I can grab one bottle of water at the neutral feed support. 

My goals for this race are to get over the two climbs on Stage Rd in 5 minutes and to climb Haskins Rd in 7 minutes.  Those are the times I need to stay with the leaders and get on the podium.  Turn out this year the winner road Haskins in 8:04 for the first time and 7:16 the final time to the finish line. This is usually the same...slower first time and faster second.  Drop a bottle first lap and grab a neutral bottle.  I will then drop that neutral bottle on lap two at the feed zone, and empty out any remaining fluid from my remaining bottle.  There is some water at the finish line for the ride back.

Race starts off neutral for 1 mile and I'm up front with my teammate Michael leading the group through the backside of town.  There is no room to move up if you are in the back until you reach the first descent on Stage Rd...that's because the roads are open to traffic and the moto is watching for those that ignore the center line.  I wanted to see if I could catch anyone off guard and get the sprint prime that was supposed to be at mile 2.5.  Well I was in perfect position but no one was there from the race organizers!! WTF?  By this time Dolce Vita came around me and took the lead.  They sent one guy 5 seconds up the road before we hit the first climb...he stayed out there by himself and I kept my position right behind his teammate.  The tempo was high because its a short power climb that takes 5-6 minutes.  We descend down Stage rd and of course everyone is using the entire road. Some racers were nervous and refused to get out of the way.  Starting the second climb up Stage Rd I was sitting 5th or so and we were starting the break up.  I came around someone and kept my head down for another 5 minute power climb. It then flattens out for a stretch of the big ring and we are in full fast descent mode until we hit HWY 84.  if you are not constantly trying to move up on the descent you will get dropped.  Those that don't make it with the lead group as they turn onto HWY 84 will be chasing and sometimes never catch on.  Either way, its too many burned matches when you need to save them.  I was with the top 10 for sure as we turned onto HWY 84, I took a Hammer Gel and drank some.  We had several Dolce Vita and Pen Velo racers up front and they were fighting over who's taking the lead.  I turned around and we were by ourselves, and a chase group was forming single file.  Shortly after we were two wide trying to form a pace line when we came around a right turn and the weeds were as high as us.  I was sitting in the back and boxed in...next thing I know we are 3 wide and I'm getting squeezed into the weeds on the turn.  The guy in front of me and myself both lean towards the left to avoid the weeds and both go straight into a hairline crack in the road.  All this happened in 2 seconds.  My front wheel must have dropped perfectly in the crack and ripped a small hole in my sidewall.  We were going 22 mph when it happened and luckily I came to a slow stop with no incident.  Luckily SunPower has some great people volunteering and I got a ride back from the SAG.

What I learned from this race is there is so much going through your brain and processing in a race like this.  The last thing on my mind was that HWY 84 has some hairline cracks on the shoulder and to stay away from the inside.  Next year I will read this to remind myself.  That's the main reason for these reports.  Take count to what works and what doesn't work.  Don't repeat the same mistakes.

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 Mt Diablo Hill Climb TT June 25th!

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!