|Course||Watopia Tempus Fugit|
|Distance in km||30.1|
|Elevation in m||46|
|League Points Total||40.5|
I have been feeling pretty fatigued since the last WKG league race and my attempts at recovery since then were very easy rides, including Stage 4 of the Grand Tour de Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel. So my expectations into this race were very low. My aim was just to get through the race and not push hard enough that I would get the back issues that plagued my last 2 WKG races. I knew I wanted to keep riding afterwards to get some more kilometers towards my yearly goal of 10,000 km.
I totally over-injected basal insulin before the race as I was up at 6:00 to correct for high blood glucose levels. Next I didn’t reduce the amount needed for breakfast enough, since I still had insulin from the correction at 6:00. This meant that once I started exercising, my blood glucose dropped quickly since my body was in a state of high insulin sensitivity. Solution: take on an emergency gel and hope for the best!
I started the race at tempo power (160 W) range – much higher power values are required for a decent time in a 30 min time trial. I wanted to see how long my legs could take this and the answer was just about halfway through the course. I just couldn’t sustain this wattage and dropped to endurance power values for the rest of the race. This resulted in a time of just over 31 minutes for a 17 km time trial and placed me last within my category. Once again I picked up the 2 league points just for showing up and finishing the Stage.
Next to me, Nadja, was on the route for her attempt and was holding good power in her threshold range – much more like it! Once I finished, I challenged her to beat my time and she did. Quite easily too, her final time was just over 30 minutes. Great effort! Unfortunately, this flat course favours raw power over a high W/Kg so her time but her behind most of her direct competitors in this Stage. I am very proud that she put in such a great effort – time trialling is really about digging deep and embracing the pain to get a good time.
My take away from this Stage is that I definitely need to rest and recover as I am showing the classic signs of overtraining – decreased power outputs and performances despite high effort levels. I initially thought that I would like to get to my yearly goal of 10,000 km (I only need 198 km) and then rest, but given how terrible my legs feel I am going ahead with recovery asap.
I plan on being off all bikes for at least 10 days and then I will test out my body accordingly. I know that I’m struggling to sleep and rest properly during the night due to my CGM alarms, meaning that I can’t recover properly. I hope that by resting completely and trying to stabilise my blood sugar levels means that I’ll be back at my usual levels sooner rather than later.
Very proud of both of you, but don’t over do it.
I know you wanna aim to reach your target, but health comes first.
I’m sure you’ll make it, but be patient.
Well done J & N