Wednesday, September 28, 2005

My First Race, Roslagshösten

Participated in my first bicycle race this Sunday. A lot of new experiences and lessons learned. The race was a so called exercise race with no official winner or time keeping. Not really sure what you call them in English.

The race which is held by my club, Fredrikshofs IF, is the last chance to race before the season ends and a lot of rider showed up.

The weather was Disney-like. If Hollywood/Disney was shooting a film about a autumn bicycle race they would have shot it this Sunday. The temperature was between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, and when the morning fog disappeared the sun stayed with us during the whole race illuminating the autumn landscape with all it’s colors.

My plan was to join a starting group with the ambition to ride the distance, 135 km, at an average pace of 33 km/h. The third starting group was announced to match my criteria so I joined up with a couple of friends from the Thursday training.

As soon as they let us go, the tempo was boosted up to nearly 40 km/h and this was when I made my first mistake. I joined in. It turned out, however, that the rider who set up that tempo was too fast for the rest of us so he broke free after a while and the group continued at a slightly lower but still a bit too fast pace for me.

After about 30 km I had to let the group go. I started to feel tired and understood that I would most certainly bonk if I continued with the group. Me and one of my training partners let the group go but I didn’t want to slow down as much as my partner so I continued alone. That was my second mistake.

I rode alone for like 15-20 km before the 4th starting group overtook me and I joined the group. By then I was even more tired but I managed to stay with them for 20 km or so but I had to let them go when I started to feels tendencies of cramp.

I stopped at the halfway food-stop. The plan was to stop at the last food-stop only but I felt I needed to take it easy for a couple of minutes and get something in my stomach. I had a couple of PowerBars with me that I thought would do the trick but they where extremely hard to peel and eat during riding and the taste was awful so next time I’ll take some dried apricots and a banana with me instead.

The last half of the race I mostly rode alone. I managed to hook onto two groups for a total of perhaps 15-20 km but I had to let them go since my legs started cramping and my lower back was starting to hurt real badly.

I stopped at the last food-stop to get myself a hot-dog and some lemonade and to relieve my back and then continued alone to the finish.

Although all mistakes and pain and shit I really enjoyed the race and I was happy with my finishing time and average speed of 29 km/h (rolling average). Analyzing the ride with the help of my new HRM I was really proud of being able to hold 33.5 km/h during the first half of the race. I learned a few lessons and I really look forward to next springs edition of the same race, Roslagsvåren.

So what were the lessons learned?
  1. Bring food that is easy to eat while riding and that don’t taste like shit.

  2. Don’t go out hard, especially when you didn’t have time for a warm-up.

  3. If you have to drop your group, slow down so you can join a group behind you as fast as possible.

  4. You don’t really need to stay at the food-stops when riding a 135 km race. I could easily have put the stuff I ate in my back pockets and only made one stop for filling up my water bottles.
Ride stats:
Ride time: 4:52:30
Distance: 135 km
Avg speed: 29 km/h
Max speed: 51 km/h
Avg cadence: 92
Max cadence: 150
Avg hr: 85%
Max hr: 98%

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Crosstown Trafic

Just pure insanity here. But somehow it seems to work. At least for the 3-5 minutes of this film.

Check out this Saigon crossroad in rush hour.

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Tuesday Hill Intervals

20 minutes less sun compared to last Tuesday. Got this seasons first flat tire today, of course after bragging about that i hadn't had one during the whole season. Speak of the Devil. We made three hill loops and two loops Team-TT of and it felt so-so. Think i caught a bit of the cold that my youngest daughter is having right now.


ride time : 2:11:20
distance: 39.8 km
avg speed: 26 km/h
max speed: 50.3 km/h
avg cadence: 92
max cadence: 139
avg hr: 76%
max hr: 97%

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Cykloteket Street Show 2005

Went to the LBS today to buy a front and rear light to my daughter's bicycle. They had their annual Street Show with lot's of Swedish talents showing their latest stunts. Check out some "Big Air" over at my flickr page.

BTW the guy on the pic is still alive but the landing was a bit messy.

Siri, my daughther, thought the event was a blast but complained about the fact that no girls was participating.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Norwegian bike path

Got this one from a Swedish community. Sorry Norwegian neighbor's, but i couldn't resist :-)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tuesday Hill Intervals

Days are getting shorter. But we managed to squeeze in 6 loops of hill intervals this Tuesday. This session felt really good. After a few hill-sessions that has felt nothing but painful and degrading this one was a reciept of the fact that training does pay off.


ride time : 2:10:26
distance: 40.1 km
avg. speed: 26.1 km/h
max speed: 53.1
avg cadence: 88
max cadence: 132
avg hr: 73%
max hr: 98%

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Marin 2006 Bikes

Marin : 2006 Bikes

Marin has updated their site with the new 2006 line-up of bikes. Here in Sweden the prices on Marin bikes are relatively low compared to what you get for your money.

Check em out!

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