Miles: 81.8 KM: 131.6
Start: Wed, May 18: Livermore
Finish: San Jose
Start Time: 11:45am Finish ETA: 3:15-3:34pm
Today’s stage 4 was a tough stage for Greg. Not only did he have the Yellow jersey, but he also knew that the day was full of climbs where were made for the smaller mountain goats. For sure, his hours in the Yellow jersey were short, but at the same time he felt he might as well give it a show. From the start of the race, Greg was on the climbs and having to ride at or above his threshold, and staying with the peloton was not easy. He rode at his FTP (380) and above for a good portion of each climb in the beginning of the race in order to be near the front. He also rode a touch above it on the first section of the Mt. Hamilton climb until he just couldn’t make it any longer and this section was nearly 14 minutes long at an average normalized power of 386 watts. The first four minutes of this was over 400 watts and that clearly took it’s toll on Greg. After Mt. Hamilton, Greg hung with the next group back and then just climbed the final Sierra Road climb at an endurance pace to finish within the time cut.
The stage actually wasn’t as tough as yesterday in some ways, when he won the stage, as today he only scored 274 TSS points and burned about 4000 calories in the 4 hours and 10 minutes he was in the saddle, although his normalized power was significantly higher today at 310 versus 282 yesterday. With all of the climbing today, this caused his normalized power to be much higher as there is no hiding when going uphill!
Solid performance from Greg today, and make sure to check out how much time he spent in Quadrant II of the Quadrant analysis tab. Here’s an article to help you better understand this. http://support.trainingpeaks.com/trainingpeaks-wko/wko-user-guide/workout-data/quadrant-analysis.aspx
Power File analysis by Hunter Allen, co-founder of TrainingPeaks WKO+ software, co-author of “Training and Racing with a power meter” and Elite Cycling Coach. Hunter will be doing daily file analysis of power files and we’ll be posting them here for everyone to download and view. Hunter has marked up the WKO file for easy analysis by our readers along with adding some comments of his own to the Post ride notes section.