Monday, March 8, 2010

Another Saturday, another 100 miles

Last Saturday Jeremy, Erik, Eric, and I set out for our March century. It was the same route as the week before, but we decided to head up Lookout Mountain. Eric, Erik, and I took some hard pulls leading into Golden before a refuel at a local gas station. Once we started the climb, Eric and I pulled away and kept a pretty good pace for being 40 miles into a 100 mile ride. We topped out at about 7,500 feet. We flew down the backside of Lookout where Erik and I reached speeds in excess of 40 mph! The rest of the ride was pretty standard. I felt sleepy tired by about mile 60 and refueled with a Cherry Coke, which gave me my wings back. I felt strong and alert the rest of the ride and led the charge back to town. The winds out of the east were just strong enough to be pretty annoying and take their toll. At mile 85 Erik, who has a power meter, was impressed by my power output. He was putting out 320 watts in my draft, which means I was putting out a fair amount more than that. With all of the early season riding, I am starting to feel pretty good, especially as I work in some speed work. Stats here.

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