Friday, February 17, 2017

Red Kite Bump Circuit Race (Winter)

Zachary Hilton
Red Kite's Bump Circuit Race (Winter)
Livermore, CA 
Category 40+ 4/5
Place: 13
Field: 31
Teammates: John Moore
Weather:  45 partly cloudy, not windy at all 
Start Time: 8:00:00 am 
Total Time: 01:13:00
Power: 259 W avg, 747 W max,  236 W NP  
Average Speed: 20.3 MPH, Top Speed 39.9 MPH
Average HR: 160 Max HR: 185
Elevation Ascent: 1,827


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).  You could go with one bottle if you wanted to lighten your load.  It's not that hilly of a race though.  The finish line is several miles away from the start.  I like taking the long way home and complete another lap.  I am wearing the Zaavy Custom Speed suit and I've got a S-Works Evade helmet.  No pockets in the speed suit, so I tucked two gels under the power band on my legs.  Fits perfect!

My goals for this race are to get some racing in these legs!  My last race for San Bruno Hill Climb.  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.   Pen Velo has 6 racers, and CBRE has 4. We are on the first gradual climb when the race starts.  It's hard to move up on this road.  Last time I raced this I got too frisky and came around the front on the left side before we made the turn onto Patterson Pass Rd just to be up front.  This group wasn't going anywhere, so I opted to stick it out in the back and be protected.  No attacks were made until the final K.  I was able to pretty much stay at the back for the entire race.  The group would surge on some hills, and then completely back off.  There was never even a counter attack.  I could stay in my tempo and make it back to the group each time.

The group was getting faster by the last lap and we dropped several on the third climb up to the bump.  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.  At this point Pen Velo was launching attacks for just like 10 seconds off the front and everyone was chasing.  At 1K to go the front 5 started to separate, and I tried to follow but didn't have the juice!  I tucked back in and hoped to catch a few before the finish line.  No one passed me up, and I came up a few spots.

What I learned from this race is that positioning is key.  This is a great short course to practice positioning and attacks.  I think that if I train for this race I can podium here.  There's enough climbing that it hurts weaker climbers.  I will be back for the Summer version.

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 Cantua Creek RR on February 19!

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, 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.

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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!