TUESDAY; 7 pm
CYCLING RACING (velodrome)
30 minute warm up
200 meter sprint – 14.82″
Match sprints x 3
I’ve made no improvement in my 200 meter sprint over the past couple months. Maybe a second and a half faster since May.
I attempted to enter this 200 meter sprint at a higher speed tonight, but it made minimal difference. Things to consider: insufficient power, excess body weight, bike handling.
I was 1 for 3 in the match sprints. The first heat I didn’t handle the turn well and opponent just came around me at the end. I would have been DQd anyway. I won the second because of the right strategy at the right time – I waited and took an unpredictable line in the last 200 meters. In the third heat, I couldn’t respond quickly enough and catch the opponent’s wheel.
This was my last race of this track season. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I decided to return to cycling. I surpassed some of the goals I set for the year. Struggling with deficient power is still something that concerns me. In retrospect I over estimated my level of conditioning entering the season. I’m encouraged by the progress I did make in a short period of time. If my 200 meter times are an indication, progress at this point is going to be in much smaller increments over the next two seasons.