I just got back from a great week in the mountains of North and South Carolina . . . I flew down on Thursday, March 13th and drove with Erik Saunders and my teammate Eric Barlevav (A.K.A. "Barbeque" and "blah-BLAH-blah") to our sick cabin in the woods near Brevard, NC (THANKS JAMIE BENNETTE & PARENTS!). Now this cabin is at 3300 feet of elevation, and the entrance from the main road, about 17 miles away, is under 2000 feet . . . yeah, LOTS of climbing and suffering to be had out here!
We did some serious efforts, especially up Paris and Caesar's Head, the monster 35 minute climb back to the cabin. I shattered many of my old numbers, but the one I was most proud of is my new, 398 watt 10 minute number up Paris! We went about 95%, but I know that if I had really killed it and known where the top of the climb was, I could have easily broken 400. I am guessing that an all out 10 minute TT will net me closer to 410 watts.
The legs are definitely coming around, as I am resting a bit more and then when I am riding, I have been putting in some huge sub-1-minute efforts. Notice there were 24 intervals of over 500 watts, most of them averaging over 600 watts for around 30-45 seconds! Definitely the kind of stuff I need to work on. I think the 1-minute-to-5-minute range is going to have some serious work over the next few weeks as well . . . exactly six weeks until my first BIG race with Time Pro Cycling, the U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic around the Pentagon in D.C.!!!