• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015


This weekend everyone in the Ontario Racing community was perparing to trek up highway 401 to Calabogie, ON (just outside of Ottawa) for the annual Calabogie Road Race was being held on the Calabogie Motorsport Speedway. I've done this year the last few years, and I can't say this year I could get excited about it. Last year, I did the race more or less to prove to myself I could keep up with the pack in the 15 laps around the 5km circuit. The course is generally flat with a few tight turns and a few "bumps in the road" for hills. Nothing hard. Last year, it was like riding around group ride at 40km/h with a single sprint. I would not say I was challenged to be able to keep up with the pack in my category. Racing Calabogie is a two day affair by the time one books the hotel. travel to the town, do the race prep ride, do the race, drive home, etc. all for 80kms of riding and a chance at the podium (and because this is Ontario, a podium spot generally doesn't even guarrenty your registration fee back). It's a big expense.

This morning I looked outside at 6:10am as I picked up my backpack, jumped into the car, and heading to the GO Train station here in Milton, ON and noticed something I've not seen at this time of the morning in some time: The Sun. We have finallly come around the sun far enough that that sunrise has become early enough to see the sunrise as I head out to the office. Today, it has special meaning. Having reviewed the weather forecast for the two weeks the general trend in temperature in this area of Ontario is on the upswing. Finally, spring was about to spring to life. In preparation, I packed my backpack full of clothes to leave at the office and enough lunches that I would be set for at least 3-4 rides in.

I've been a user of Perf Pro Studio for some time now. This is software I run on a Windows computer that I use to run interval sessions for indoor training.  I like it for training because I can put videos behind my interval sets. I change up the video depending on the type of interval. For sprint intervals, I'm racing against the pros during the final sprint to the line using bike cam fortage from the Tour de France and other races. For time trail intervals, I use footage from pro TT races. It works for me.

However, I've always done the intervals on a regular trainer. Perf Pro is useful because it will simulate power based on the "normal trainer" power curve if a power meter is not being used by the rider. So while friends may not have a power meter, they can train with power using the software and an ANT+ cadence/speed sensor. It works. It works well when using Perf Pro in FTP mode where workouts. FTP mode sets up a workout based on the percent FTP you should be riding. So, for a 20/40 set, the sprint interval is 200% FTP. For a short TT interval, it's 100%.


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