Battenkill Me Now

Unfortunately, I don't have a ton of time today to really deconstruct the race in detail. But I'll paste some numbers in here for you to comb through if you like. What you're looking at below are intervals pulled out for the 90 miles of the race itself, up until the exit of dirt section number 4 on lap 2, where I accepted that I wasn't getting back on and began just riding easy to the second feed zone. Additionally, I pulled out all the dirt sections and climbs and isolated them, as best I could see quickly.

How'd it go? Well, it was hard, obviously. And I felt "off" from the start. I was incredibly motivated and excited for the race, but the minute we started pedaling hard I was simply uncomfortable. I didn't feel good on my bike, it didn't feel good to go hard, and I just never felt on top of things. Still, I was able to "do it;" that is, I gritted my teeth, I positioned myself in the top 10 for every dirt section and every climb, and I made all the selections I needed to on the first lap. When we hit the last 20 miles of the first lap and the rain started, I rode the Mountain, Becker, and Meeting House road dirt sections in the first 5 riders. I got dropped on Stage Road and was reconnected by the bottom of the descent. You can't "fake" that, I obviously made the splits when over half the field didn't, but still, I was just under pressure.

One way the race was different from last year is that the early break took 50 full miles to go clear, and didn't finally go away until Stage Road at the end of the first lap. That meant for 2 hours, the race never, ever let up. It was attack and counterattack the entire time. Add the dirt, climbs, rain, and cold to that, and it meant that no one was eating, and even drinking was difficult. We didn't finally pause to eat until we hit the start/finish line at the end of the first lap. By that point my eyes were flashing, I knew I was underfueled, and I ate everything I could get down in the few minutes we paused. That's too late, really, but everyone was in the same boat.

Our team strategy was for 4 guys to cover the early moves, and for Mark Hekman and me to wait for the second lap, and specifically the final 40K. Scott, Joey, Neil, and Eric did a really, really good job on lap 1. There were a number of times a move was going away and we weren't in it. I would start to panic, and then boom, one of them would go across, or two of them hit the front together and sealed the move back up. That kind of riding is what allowed Mark (and eventually Joey) to make the final selections. Because I knew I was not on my best day, I started following moves as well on lap 1. That meant that I likely accelerated my demise, and perhaps I could have made it over the Bunker Hill climb on lap 2 if I stayed conservative and followed the plan. But I knew I was only postponing when I'd get popped, in that case, and I could better serve the team by riding for Mark.

Going into Bunker Hill on lap 2, I rode in the wind, brought Mark and Joey up to the front and into position for the turn leading into the climb, and then just got out of the way and went into survival mode, hoping the team car was still going to be waiting for me at the feed zone. Had I stayed connected on that climb, I would still have been dropped somewhere in the last 40K, but I would have finished. After getting 12th last year, just finishing was not what I was looking to do, and it felt good to do some work for Mark on Joey on my way out.

Other little things I could have done differently? I'm still having a hard time getting my position comfortable on my bike, and was fiddling with it all week. It didn't feel right in the race, and that was a factor. I also have done less VO2max and AWC training going into the race this year compared to last year, on purpose. I opted for one more week of base in order to try and peak for a longer period, starting with Battenkill. Last year I pulled up one week sooner and had an extra week of intensity training at this point. That meant I was better prepared for the 2-5 minute long efforts at Battenkill, but that I was also peaking sooner. This year I wanted to put off when I came to boil by one week, and that meant I was paying for the efforts over threshold a little more. Further, I think I overcompensated on my tire choice based on the conditions, and went with 26 mm tires at 90 psi on a day I could have ridden normal 23's at 105, and had a much faster ride. My tires were great on the dirt, but slow everywhere else. There's still a lot of pavement at Battenkill, and nowhere near the chaos we saw last year.

Finally, I do not think I was mentally prepared to be under someone else's thumb. I _thought_ I was, but because I was a little uncomfortable anyway, finally being in a race with my peers just made me doubt myself too much. Even though I've won 3 races and been on the podium 5 times already this year, they were small races where I was the strongest rider. Certainly I had to go hard, but I was never out of control. I could bridge to any break, cover any attack, and still win the sprint. That can mess with your head when you're finally in a race where people are better than you, and can put you on the ropes. I panicked a bit, I think, and lost a lot of confidence when not only was I being pushed, but I also wasn't feeling sharp enough to dig deep and respond the way I'd hoped. That's the danger of peaking for individual races. You put a lot of pressure on yourself, and you can get a big pop when someone sticks a pin in it.

I guess I did deconstruct the race after all. Have fun with the numbers. Take special note of range 6 and range 16. Both are Bunker Hill Road, on lap 1 and lap 2. On lap 1 I started at the front, drifted back intentionally on the climb to conserve, and stayed connected on the descent. On lap 2 I hit the bottom of the hill at the front, but simply could not dig anymore, and rode up the climb with whatever I had left.

 Battenkill:

Duration:  3:46:34

Work:      3187 kJ

TSS:       281.7 (intensity factor 0.865)

Norm Power:285

VI:        1.22

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  92.904 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       01155234 watts

Cadence:     3124696 rpm

Speed:       5.252.324.6 mph

Pace         1:0911:382:27 min/mi

Hub Torque:  041571 lb-in

Crank Torque:01155205 lb-in

New Range #2:

Duration:  4:09

Work:      89 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  1.307 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0667360 watts

Cadence:     7413194 rpm

Speed:       8.931.318.9 mph

Pace         1:556:423:11 min/mi

Hub Torque:  0338135 lb-in

Crank Torque:0709334 lb-in

New Range #3:

Duration:  1:50

Work:      45 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.336 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0717415 watts

Cadence:     6010680 rpm

Speed:       725.110.9 mph

Pace         2:238:375:30 min/mi

Hub Torque:  0415256 lb-in

Crank Torque:0853452 lb-in

New Range #4:

Duration:  1:46

Work:      30 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.577 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0660292 watts

Cadence:     7121899 rpm

Speed:       14.62619.5 mph

Pace         2:194:073:04 min/mi

Hub Torque:  023192 lb-in

Crank Torque:0621261 lb-in

New Range #5:

Duration:  2:39

Work:      50 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.725 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       2632317 watts

Cadence:     7412193 rpm

Speed:       11.322.216.3 mph

Pace         2:425:183:40 min/mi

Hub Torque:  1254120 lb-in

Crank Torque:0578291 lb-in

New Range #6:

Duration:  5:33

Work:      125 kJ

TSS:       11.9 (intensity factor 1.136)

Norm Power:375

VI:        0.99

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  1.307 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       27884377 watts

Cadence:     6712390 rpm

Speed:       7.627.214.1 mph

Pace         2:137:554:16 min/mi

Hub Torque:  6339172 lb-in

Crank Torque:0714364 lb-in

New Range #7:

Duration:  1:34

Work:      31 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.437 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       30610340 watts

Cadence:     6415696 rpm

Speed:       9.523.816.7 mph

Pace         2:316:193:35 min/mi

Hub Torque:  10352132 lb-in

Crank Torque:17687309 lb-in

New Range #8:

Duration:  2:15

Work:      50 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.623 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0922377 watts

Cadence:     6815988 rpm

Speed:       10.327.916.6 mph

Pace         2:095:513:37 min/mi

Hub Torque:  0365147 lb-in

Crank Torque:0905368 lb-in

New Range #9:

Duration:  1:01

Work:      26 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.274 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       70705436 watts

Cadence:     7015689 rpm

Speed:       10.32416.1 mph

Pace         2:305:493:44 min/mi

Hub Torque:  18376182 lb-in

Crank Torque:58816434 lb-in

New Range #10:

Duration:  1:58

Work:      35 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.762 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0783297 watts

Cadence:     6412398 rpm

Speed:       1534.423.2 mph

Pace         1:453:592:35 min/mi

Hub Torque:  023479 lb-in

Crank Torque:0697257 lb-in

New Range #11:

Duration:  5:44

Work:      118 kJ

TSS:       10.6 (intensity factor 1.051)

Norm Power:347

VI:        1.01

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  1.329 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       38798344 watts

Cadence:     6515089 rpm

Speed:       9.123.713.9 mph

Pace         2:326:344:20 min/mi

Hub Torque:  10326155 lb-in

Crank Torque:24799329 lb-in

New Range #12:

Duration:  0:42

Work:      15 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.194 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       161710368 watts

Cadence:     7010989 rpm

Speed:       14.523.216.7 mph

Pace         2:354:093:36 min/mi

Hub Torque:  64274130 lb-in

Crank Torque:160666347 lb-in

New Range #13:

Duration:  1:45

Work:      35 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.319 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       42525339 watts

Cadence:     6517086 rpm

Speed:       7.217.311.0 mph

Pace         3:288:195:28 min/mi

Hub Torque:  15373200 lb-in

Crank Torque:21628351 lb-in

New Range #14:

Duration:  2:18

Work:      48 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.34 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       94497353 watts

Cadence:     4810671 rpm

Speed:       5.224.18.8 mph

Pace         2:2911:386:49 min/mi

Hub Torque:  42408271 lb-in

Crank Torque:94629437 lb-in

New Range #15:

Duration:  3:05

Work:      58 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.841 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       5588317 watts

Cadence:     6423992 rpm

Speed:       9.724.616.3 mph

Pace         2:266:113:41 min/mi

Hub Torque:  2348123 lb-in

Crank Torque:0724301 lb-in

New Range #16:

Duration:  5:50

Work:      103 kJ

TSS:       8.3 (intensity factor 0.925)

Norm Power:305

VI:        1.03

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  1.161 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       117530297 watts

Cadence:     5612985 rpm

Speed:       6.123.811.9 mph

Pace         2:319:515:02 min/mi

Hub Torque:  38322167 lb-in

Crank Torque:90597306 lb-in

Entire workout (221 watts):

Duration:  4:27:02 (4:27:43)

Work:      3539 kJ

TSS:       308.7 (intensity factor 0.834)

Norm Power:275

VI:        1.25

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  103.997 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       01155221 watts

Cadence:     3124694 rpm

Speed:       052.323.3 mph

Pace         1:090:002:34 min/mi

Hub Torque:  041570 lb-in

Crank Torque:01155198 lb-in

Peak 5s (1025 watts):

Duration:  0:05

Work:      5 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  161 ft

MinMaxAvg

Power:       84811431025 watts

Cadence:     104110107 rpm

Speed:       19.322.321.4 mph

Pace         2:413:062:48 min/mi

Hub Torque:  257316280 lb-in

Crank Torque:689878805 lb-in

Peak 10s (884 watts):

Duration:  0:10

Work:      8 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  528 ft

MinMaxAvg

Power:       5181107884 watts

Cadence:     96109103 rpm

Speed:       33.137.236.0 mph

Pace         1:371:491:40 min/mi

Hub Torque:  84182144 lb-in

Crank Torque:420908725 lb-in

Peak 20s (683 watts):

Duration:  0:20

Work:      13 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  577 ft

MinMaxAvg

Power:       3651143683 watts

Cadence:     88110100 rpm

Speed:       1622.319.6 mph

Pace         2:413:453:03 min/mi

Hub Torque:  125316200 lb-in

Crank Torque:308878572 lb-in

Peak 30s (552 watts):

Duration:  0:30

Work:      16 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  545 ft

MinMaxAvg

Power:       317705552 watts

Cadence:     7210282 rpm

Speed:       10.31512.3 mph

Pace         3:595:494:53 min/mi

Hub Torque:  127376268 lb-in

Crank Torque:281816579 lb-in

Peak 1min (467 watts):

Duration:  1:00

Work:      28 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  853 ft

MinMaxAvg

Power:       306693467 watts

Cadence:     6510680 rpm

Speed:       7.316.69.7 mph

Pace         3:378:156:11 min/mi

Hub Torque:  127415289 lb-in

Crank Torque:278731498 lb-in

Peak 2min (422 watts):

Duration:  2:00

Work:      50 kJ

TSS:       n/a

Norm Power:n/a

VI:        n/a

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  0.417 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0719422 watts

Cadence:     6010681 rpm

Speed:       729.112.5 mph

Pace         2:048:374:49 min/mi

Hub Torque:  0415243 lb-in

Crank Torque:0853450 lb-in

Peak 5min (376 watts):

Duration:  5:00

Work:      112 kJ

TSS:       10.8 (intensity factor 1.136)

Norm Power:375

VI:        1

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  1.105 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       139755376 watts

Cadence:     6711488 rpm

Speed:       7.622.913.2 mph

Pace         2:377:554:32 min/mi

Hub Torque:  49339179 lb-in

Crank Torque:125693370 lb-in

Peak 10min (323 watts):

Duration:  10:00

Work:      193 kJ

TSS:       20.1 (intensity factor 1.099)

Norm Power:363

VI:        1.12

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  3.67 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       0953323 watts

Cadence:     3815094 rpm

Speed:       741.822.0 mph

Pace         1:268:372:44 min/mi

Hub Torque:  0415123 lb-in

Crank Torque:01009298 lb-in

Peak 20min (304 watts):

Duration:  20:00

Work:      364 kJ

TSS:       36 (intensity factor 1.04)

Norm Power:343

VI:        1.13

Pw:HR:      n/a

Pa:HR:      n/a

Distance:  8.172 mi

MinMaxAvg

Power:       01061304 watts

Cadence:     3824698 rpm

Speed:       741.824.5 mph

Pace         1:268:372:27 min/mi

Hub Torque:  041594 lb-in

Crank Torque:01009264 lb-in

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