Eventually our club's star Cat 1 decided to stretch his legs a little and I gave up. This was after 50 miles and a 23 mph average. I enjoyed my nice cool down ride back to the finish where I saw a group of 15-20 riders waiting on the side of the road. None of them decided to finish the race since they were behind, so the only 3 left were on the finishing loop. In the end a very experienced racer and former TT champion took 3rd, the tri-athlete took 2nd, and the Cat 3 road racer took first. They worked hard and worked together and their ride was exceptional. In looking at the data, for the race (before the drop), here are the stats:
RACE (before the drop at mile 50):
Work: 1767 kJ
TSS: 196.1 (intensity factor 0.946)
Norm Power: 270
Distance: 50.03 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 938 224 watts
Heart rate: 82 179 156 bpm
Cadence: 32 141 97 rpm
Speed: 2.8 36.7 22.9 mph
Pace 1:38 21:27 2:38 min/mi
Once I was dropped my averages came down a bit. In looking at the power distribution and the training zone information, the conclusion is that this race was way too hard for me. I was anerobic for about 28 minutes which is a stupid place to be right now.
And here is the power line graph for the whole race-drop period. You can see my threshold (285watts) by the red line.
It was fun but I think that will be my last one as a racer. Although I like the concept, the race is a bit loose. It will be fun to watch the others try their luck though.