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 m,y 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!

Sea Otter Classic RR

Zachary Hilton
Sea Otter Classic Road Race
Category 35+ 4's
Seaside, CA 
Place: DNF
Field: 15
Teammates: Ben Clarke in the combined 45+ 4's
Weather:  64 sunny, no wind, and no base layers needed
Start Time: 04:24:00
Total Time: 02:01:00
Power: 219 W avg, 849 W max, 225 W NP  
Average Speed: 16.4 MPH, Top Speed 42 MPH
Average HR: 158 Max HR: 184
Elevation Ascent: 3,107


Training Peaks Data

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.  Lot's of climbing in a short amount of time.  I have a pair for Race Rim carbon tubular 32's for this race.  They are light and stiff enough for some 40 mph plus racing and poor roads. 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.  

My goals for this race are to get some hard intensity in the legs!  I'm not where I should be for this time of year.  I just haven't had the good weather or discipline on the trainer.  Despite all that I need to keep fighting it.  There isn't a big group here either.  That means that it's harder to find guys on the same level as you.  Am I the only one out there that might not be ready for a race but I still support it and show up anyways?

I got a 30 minute warm up and rode to the start line only to find that we weren't starting anytime soon!  Apparently the new race course and number of laps doesn't equal the total mileage....we were delayed for 1 hour!  That doesn't help at all.  I was good for 3 laps on this new course and then I just began to fade out.  I was hungry and my legs were shot.  I was getting discouraged about finishing the final two laps alone and the sun setting too...I opted to DNF and fight another day.  I haven't done this for years but that's what's up right now.  I was getting more excited about coming back for the awesome bike festival with Avery on Sunday.  It's time to drink beer, eat great food, and free swag!

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 Cat's Hill Classic Criterium on April 29th!

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!