I have a 120 km bicycle race coming up this weekend, which is just outside of my comfort zone and I need a plan.
When cycling with a team, I can keep 30 km/h for about 2:20 or so and do my fair share of leading and taking the wind before I start to hit the wall, so the average 70 km tours are fine and I can manage 80 km myself in just under three hours but after about 2:20-2:30, it's no longer possible to raise my heart rate to catch up in any uphill anymore.
I tried 100 km myself once but the last 20 km took over one hour.
Looking at my results, I can squeeze in:
- 151 bpm for 2:14, or 337 bpm-hours of work
- 138 bpm for 2:56, or 407 bpm-hours of work
My problem is to squeeze in 120 km under that area somehow.
Being overweight, any uphill is a struggle when riding in a group.
- a) Conserve energy by riding in a group at all costs from the start, with the downside of peak pulse many many times from start to finish?
- b) Take it easy at the start and loose the group in up-hill and hope for a new, slightly slower team to ride with, with the downside of having to ride myself for long distances?