General Discussion Race Reports! » Cycle to the Sun Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

Cycle to the Sun - CycleRoad Race


View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Paia, Hawaii
United States
Maui Cyclery
65F / 18C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 40m 25s
Overall Rank = 32/156
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 9/24
Event warmup:

Rode a few miles to work up a slight sweat.
Bike
  • 3h 40m 25s
  • 36 miles
  • 9.80 mile/hr
Comments:

Weather "seemed" perfect. Clear skies on the voyage from Paia (sea level) to the top of Haleakala (10,023 feet) over 36 miles (5.3% avg grade)

Positioned myself about 20 feet behind the start line and unlike last year, when the gun went off, the leaders did not sprint off. The top 30 or so stayed as a peloton through the first few miles. Slowly a few would drop off along the way, but as we approached the first steep climb at about mile 7, that's when the break happend, and we went from a peloton to many strung out lines. I latched on to a small group of 4, but made probably the stupidest mistake ever in a bike race. There are a few short downhills that last about 10-20 seconds where you can go into your big ring. But it's important to remember to shift back down into your small ring. I didn't. For at least 2 miles I was grinding in my big ring wondering why the heck it felt so hard. I kept looking to see if I had a flat. The grade was only about 3-4% at this point, so it wasn't entirely obvious I was in my big ring...LOL.

Anyway, I soon drop off the small group as my HR is just a little too high, and I know if I try to hang on too long, I'm going to pay for it at the end. So my TT begins. I'm feeling okay, hydrating, and just getting ready for the hardest part of the race which is the middle third where it is the steepest.

The one thing is though, I'm noticing the wind. Last year, once you got into the park entrance, at around 4000-5000 feet, the wind was pretty non existant. Not so much this year, and the way the switchbacks are setup, you're either going straight into the wind or have a tailwind. The tailwind was nice, but OMG the headwind is just brutal. I was in my 34/27 just grinding. I did hit the 5000 foot mark at 1:40, so I was on pace for a 3:20 finish, but I knew the headwinds were going to make 3:30 a challenge at this point.

One thing that really irritated me though was that something got in my eye, and probably scratched the surface. So I was basically riding up the last 2 hours with just one eye. Couldn't really do anything but look straight down at the white line and the pavement.

As I got to 7000 feet, I still felt okay, but I was just sick of the wind. I watched my average speed drop like an anchor, and 3:30 was now looking pretty bleak. With my eye issues, I couldn't even enjoy the view. Not sure I would have wanted to with the wind though. I just wanted to be done and just kept pressing on. Another difference from last year is with the wind...I was cold. Not shivering cold, but my fingers were going a little numb.

I cramped up at 8500 feet last year, but this year I didn't cramp at all. But at 9000 feet I just wanted to go to sleep. I kept adjusting my hand positions, and really just wanted to rest my forearms on my handlebars so I could rest my head on them. I'm guessing the altitude was getting to me.

As I approached the finishing stretch, I was able to pass one last guy, but there was another guy up ahead that I just couldn't get myself to chase. I think mentally, I was just done.



What would you do differently?:

Lose some weight. Still not down to my ideal weight...but I trained really hard and given the conditions, am quite happy with the results.
Post race
Warm down:

I got off my bike and got my jacket which was waiting for me at the finishing line. And after my body cooled down, I was freezing. The wind was still blowing and I swear the wind chill was below 50 degrees. Last year I waited at the finish in just a t-shirt and it was no problem. This year I had to bundle in the van and wait for others to finish.

I knew a few of my training friends would finish for sure, but was worried about a few others including my girlfriend as the conditions were way worse than any of us were expecting. Luckily, everyone made it to the top, however some were not official finishers. No big deal though...it wasn't a race to them. They know they climbed Haleakala, and that's all that matters. My GF made it in at 6:01...just under the 6:30 cutoff.

Went to the post race party and had a few beers. Turns out my GF ended up winning her AG. Well, there were only 3 of them, and 2 of them place OA (3:26 and 3:36), so she was bumped up to first. She originally didn't want to go up on the podium and stand next to them since they were so much faster, but when she got to stand on the top podium by herself with the first place medal, she was all smiles.


What limited your ability to perform faster:

I know I can get my weight down into the 140's, it's just a matter of committing to it. I also think I peaked too early. Last year I did my huge week of training 3 weeks before the race...this year I did it 6 weeks prior. I felt my strongest 2 weeks ago. The placement of Pineapple Hill and Tinman didn't help either. If I skipped Tinman, that would have given me one extra big week right when I needed it.

Event comments:

Good race. Post race food was pretty lacking. Something not prepackaged would have been nice. More hot tea...I was the 32nd finisher and they were already out of tea? I bet all the volunteers drank it all because they were freezing their asses off.

They're moving this race to the end of June next year because of some type of fiscal request by the National Park. Which likely means I will never do Honu and this race in the same year again. Either way, I was thinking of doing Sea to Stars next year anyway. Now that would be an epic race.




Last updated: 2011-12-28 12:00 AM
Biking
03:40:25 | 36 miles | 9.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/24
Overall: 32/156
Performance: Average
Avg HR 168
Wind: Strong
Course: 36 miles from Paia to the summit of Haleakala
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

{postbutton}
2012-08-26 9:43 PM

User image

Subject: Cycle to the Sun


2012-08-26 11:25 PM
in reply to: #4381487

User image

Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
That is one tough climb, can't imagine racing it.  Well done
2012-08-27 4:40 AM
in reply to: #4381487

User image

Elite
7783
50002000500100100252525
PEI, Canada
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
Great race and report Jason, sounds like a really tough race!
2012-08-27 5:15 AM
in reply to: #4381487

User image

Elite
6387
50001000100100100252525
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun

God that sounds like a lot of fun!!!

Sounds like you did great job managing the difficult circumstances and the eye ball. I hate that any time... just can stop thinking there is something there, but it is just scratched and nothing you can do...

Really, great job.

Hey, just curious... how much elevation do you have this year? I know you have about 4 times the miles I do so I'm not comparing, just curious with all the climbing you have done.



Edited by powerman 2012-08-27 5:17 AM
2012-08-28 12:22 PM
in reply to: #4381487

User image

Melon Presser
52077
50005000500050005000500050005000500050002000252525
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
Uphill in the wind as a Cyclops? SUPER CONGRATS!
2012-08-28 12:56 PM
in reply to: #4384417

User image

Sensei
Sin City
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun

93 million miles in just over 3 hours?  Impressive.

The course record is still held by light.  Which covers the course in 8min 18 seconds...



2012-08-28 1:01 PM
in reply to: #4384499

User image

Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
Kido - 2012-08-28 10:56 AM

93 million miles in just over 3 hours?  Impressive.

The course record is still held by light.  Which covers the course in 8min 18 seconds...

Race report comment equivalent of a photo bomb.  Well done

2012-08-28 1:05 PM
in reply to: #4381487

Subject: ...
This user's post has been ignored.
2012-08-28 2:15 PM
in reply to: #4384513

Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun

Fred D - 2012-08-28 8:05 AM Awesome job Jason! What an incredible race. What were our power #'s?

Wasn't using a power meter...used a 303 tubular rear with my 202 tubular front for weight reduction.  Was supposed to use my 202 rear, but the valve was leaking, so borrowed a friend's 303.

The guy that finished just ahead of me (about my weight) said he averaged 238, which I confirmed when he posted on Strava.

Going into the ride, I was going in thinking I could hold 240-245.  My 20 minute uphill test was at 317...so estimated uphill FTP was 301.  I figured 80-83% of that for 3.5 hours would put me right at 241.

The guy who averaged 238 said his numbers were dropping from 245 during the last 30 minutes...which I don't doubt.  We were both out on the course for 15-20 minutes longer than we expected.

2012-08-28 2:20 PM
in reply to: #4384499

Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
Kido - 2012-08-28 7:56 AM

93 million miles in just over 3 hours?  Impressive.

The course record is still held by light.  Which covers the course in 8min 18 seconds...

I was not aware of those facts.  Thank you for sharing.  Your contributions are noted.

2012-08-28 2:31 PM
in reply to: #4384704

Subject: ...
This user's post has been ignored.


2012-08-28 3:10 PM
in reply to: #4381487

Pro
4528
2000200050025
Norwalk, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun

Congrats Jason, this sounds like a great but very painful event!!!  Congrats on the awesome effort!!!

 

2012-08-28 3:31 PM
in reply to: #4384714

Sensei
Sin City
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
tri808 - 2012-08-28 12:20 PM
Kido - 2012-08-28 7:56 AM

93 million miles in just over 3 hours?  Impressive.

The course record is still held by light.  Which covers the course in 8min 18 seconds...

I was not aware of those facts.  Thank you for sharing.  Your contributions are noted.

If I offended, I'm sorry.  I just liked the name of the race and the location so made a joke not intending to make light of your accomplisment.

Well done.

2012-08-29 9:11 AM
in reply to: #4381487

Master
10208
50005000100100
Northern IL
Subject: RE: Cycle to the Sun
Great job, Jason!
General Discussion-> Race Reports!
{postbutton}
General Discussion Race Reports! » Cycle to the Sun Rss Feed