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Whistler GranFondo - CycleRoad Race

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Vancouver, British Columbia
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25C / 77F
Total Time = 4h 02m 51s
Overall Rank = 530/7000
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 128/731
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30.
Shower to wake up.
Packed bike in car.
Ate 2 toatsted english muffins with strawberry jam, 1 banana and a 24 oz. bottle of Gu Brew. All sat very nicely.
Event warmup:

Rode with Si to the start line.
Lined up at the front of the 4 hr pace group.
  • 4h 02m 51s
  • 121.4 kms
  • 29.99 km/hr

Great race overall.
PLanned for sub-4hr, but new it would be close.
Headwind plus some slower group riding in the first half killed my chances.

Two nutrition cjhanges that made a big difference:

1.) Saltstix tabs every hour really kept the camping away
2.) Took a bottle of half coke (flat) and half water which I drank in the last 20 km. Went down well and gave me good boost.
What would you do differently?:

Everything went great, but I should have gone faster. There were stages in the frist half when I was riding in a groupn that slowed and I knew we needed to keep the pace up or we would suffer on the back end. I should have dropped them and gone on my own, but was scared of riding big distance on my own in the headwind too early.
Post race
Warm down:

4 chocolate milks;
Cold towel on head
PLayed with kids and Izzy

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not trusting my training.
I still had more to give at the end.

Event comments:

Awesome event.
Great organisation
Ending in Whistler on a sunny afternoon makes for great scenary.

Last updated: 2011-05-01 12:00 AM
04:02:51 | 121.4 kms | 29.99 km/hr
Age Group: 128/731
Overall: 530/7000
Performance: Good
Avg = 142 Max = 174
Wind: Headwind
Course: Climb, Climb, Climb Elevation = 1850m
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: ?
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-09-12 6:28 PM

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2011-09-13 1:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Whistler GranFondo
Sounds really fun. Pity you didnt get that sub 4hr goal, but the conditions were not right and it is hard to have a random time goal when conditions are different year-to-year. Your overall position was awesome! How does it compare with last year?
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