Right so the second race of the season. Training is on track as I warm back into the racing scene. I took a trip to Gravesend Cyclopark (East, near the Thames Estuary) today for a 2/3/4th Cat race. From the last time I checked before I began the race there were no 4th Cat riders entered and a the vast majority of those racing were 2nd cat riders.
The circuit at Gravesend Cyclopark is far more technical than anything I've ever ridden on so it made a welcome change.
I arrived on the start line near the back (unluckily) after a few warm up laps on the circuit. It took me a few laps to reach the front of the bunch, but I managed to stay well up there for the remainder of the race to reduce the efforts I would have to make to out of the bends and corners as the peloton stretches like an elastic band as those at the back have to work harder out of the bends in order to stay in contact, due to slowing down more before each bend.
A massive thanks to my sponsorPanagua Bikes for providing the lovely Enigma bike for me to race on!
Last month I took a trip down to the University of Brighton labs and under the supervision of Jamie Durmush undertook some tests on the SRM Ergometer including; a Lactate Threshold test, a VO2 Max Test and a Critical Power test to gain data on my performance ability to learn what my training zones are in terms of wattage and my Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) which then enables Jamie to create a training programme tailored to me for improvement based on scientific evidence.
Before we began the tests on the SRM Egrometer, Jamie took my skinfold measurements from which he was able to assess my current fat free mass, which is at 7%, then we can then check over time to see where I am gaining weight, and what type of weight, i.e. fat or muscle. My weight and height measurements were also taken for future reference. And so onto the tests...
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