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The season isn’t over yet, and I have one more criterium and road race this weekend in Greenville, SC before I hang up the road bike and switch to the cross bike.  However, I quickly scanned some posts from June and noticed the fatigue issues that bothered me back in June.  I think the biggest difference between then and now (recovering quickly) is the introduction (or reintroduction) of punchy group rides.  I focus on a lot of SST / FTP type efforts in the early Spring to raise FTP.  Once you go down that path, it is very painful and uncomfortable to add in intensity.  I added in intensity via Tuesday Night Crit, but it isn’t the same type of intensity that you find on a Strava segment where you go 100% for 1 min, recovery for 5 min at fast tempo and do it again.  The Tuesday Night Crit has attacks and counter attacks,  but they are short 5 – 10 sec efforts followed by hard 5 – 10 min efforts off the front.  It is working more VO2 and FTP.  The other major difference was the lack of Tucker rides prior to June this season.  There was a lot of rain this year, and I also had a lot of Saturday’s booked with racing, so I didn’t get a stretch of Tucker rides until late June.  I find that 4 weekends in a row of 86 miles to/from Tucker with hard efforts off the front plus a few hard midweek / Strava chasing group rides can be a nice ying/yang with hard / long mixed with short / hard.  That combination (long Tucker and shorter intown) is a nice mix if I’ve already built up FTP in January – March.  So, hopefully Mother Nature and maybe a little less March racing will get me in better shape faster next season.

Next Up: Greenville SRS Championship Finale Race Weekend September 14th and 15th.  Then, it’s on to September 28th Rocky Face, GA for Georgia Cyclocross race #1.  It never ends around here….

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Saturday’s Circuit Race in Blairsville, GA was a case of some bad luck and very bad prep on my side.  I was using some new tires that were too tight for my bike.  I pinched the tire and blew the tire at the start.  So, my wife, Beth, offered I take her wheel.  Good tip:  If you wife offers you her wheel, don’t take it.  It is the cycling couple equivalent of the wife saying, “Does this outfit make me look fat?”   Equally stupid to fall for that trick, as well.  So, I took the bait, or in this case, I took her rear wheel and raced.  Beth is about 115lbs and only inflates her tires to 95 psi which feels pretty flat to me…  I normally run at 115 psi, but I can run 120 psi on most of my tires.  No, I didn’t blow the tire due to psi, it was due to these new Vittoria Open Corsa EVO clinchers that are very, very, very tight on my Mavic Ksyriums SSC SL’s.  It should have been a tipoff when it took me 15 min to get them on the rim…   Anyway, I put the wheel on and headed to catch the group as they were starting off.  I road in the back most of the race and moved up with 2 miles to go.  The last 2 miles were fast, and I finished 4th in an uphill sprint finish at the end.  This was not a great result given there were only 16 – 17  riders and none that I recognized from other races.   Today, they are racing the more important gaps road race, and I really wish I could go race it.  However, I used up all my wife’s goodwill….

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I have joined up with Team Cycleworks and will race for them in the remainder of 2008 for Road/Crit races and Cyclocross come fall/winter 2008.  They are a great club/team and really nice group of guys.  I have been off the bike for about a week due to personal and work obligations, so I will not race until July most likely.  However, there are a few interesting races on the Georgia Cup schedule such as La Grange on June 21/22 and Rome on June 28/29.  Here is a picture of me in Cycleworks kit.  It is nice to race in a kit that doesn’t look like every other CSC wannabe kit out there…David Gearhart Cycleworks

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Went on a group ride today looking to get in some miles since I decided against Chattanooga tomorrow.  I ended up riding in pouring rain for 2 hours which is frustrating since I skipped Gainesville, GA road race last week due to rain that wasn’t even this hard.  Oh well, that’s life.  My power was down for CP60 / FTP power, but my 1 minute power was way up which is a good sign.  April 12 Power Profile

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