Stage 2 – It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time (ISLAGIATT)
- Duration: 1:56:39
- Power: 340 watts
- Average Cadence: 84
- Heart Rate: 152 average, 175 max
- TSS: 164.8
- Ride %: 100
- Start line: 4:57 pm on Saturday, January 25 (Because it’s Sunday somewhere)
ISLAGIATT is a climbing/endurance ride–lower cadence makes me happy…usually.
I’ve done this ride once before, and one of the things I like about it is the story line. Basically, you are lowly rider having a lackluster tour, and all the people in the home country want to see you go for the Most Aggressive Rider award on this final mountain stage.
I wasn’t sure if it would be as fun riding it for a second time, but I think the story really kept me going. I reviewed my last workout on this ride before I started, just so I’d know what to expect, and was thinking this would be an easier (though longer) day.
I was wrong. This ride ran me up to the rail. My max HR is right around 180, and I spent plenty of time in the mid 170s. I was over 153 bpm for 1:11:00.
In other words, my endurance is a big limiter. That’s going to show up later in the tour for sure. I’m expecting hell on Stage 7, and I’m plotting a rest day the day before it.
I wish I’d gotten this ride in a little earlier in the day, but I doubt sleeping in and resting for much of the day really hurt me either.
Tomorrow’s ride, Revolver, is only 45 minutes long. But it’s loaded with sprints.
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