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Miles: 15 KM: 24
Start: Fri, May 20: Solvang
Start Time: 12:30pm Finish ETA: 3:40pm
Very nice ride by Greg! I am surprised as I did not think he would be in the Top 70, but he got a solid 47th place. He did a pretty decent job of pacing himself in this TT. I have analyzed over 40 power files from this time trial alone and definitely have seen better time trials, but have also seen many far worse. He made the classic mistake that most riders make and that was starting too hard. Yes, there’s a nice little hill in the beginning and it’s hard to hold back up this, but he definitely paid for that effort in the next 6 minutes with wattage that was below his threshold power. He got it back together after the little roller section and then put out a strong effort all the way to and up the turn around hill. This hill is a critical place to really put out the watts and Greg was a bit conservative here and could have gone harder for sure, but not much! Maybe 50 -75 watts harder than his 415 watts that he averaged.
On the way home there was a bit more wind here than normal, as it’s typically a tailwind and downhill which makes it nearly impossible to create your threshold wattage, but here there was a not a tailwind and a even a bit of headwind in some sections. This means that his wattage here was higher than normal(almost the same as the out leg) and his time was slower than might have been in previous years. A solid effort on the way home and he nailed it over the final little ‘popper’ before coming back into Solvang.
Normalized power for the TT was 380watts, so dead on his FTP and he scored a TSS of 54.4 and burned about 900 calories. All in all a tough 33:09 effort, but nothing compared to the five and half hours from yesterday. A perfect day to rest the legs for tomorrow’s monster stage finish up Mt. Baldy. This is going to be a huge day for everyone and hopefully Greg can just cruise up Mt. Baldy and save his legs for the final day’s racing.
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.