24 Hour Worlds Time Trial Championship

I ended my 2018 season with the 24 Hour Worlds in Borrego Springs, CA.    I raced this in 2015 prior to RAAM and had and did 410 miles.   My goal this year was 432 miles which would be 24 laps.  The main lap is 18 miles long and relatively flat.       The idea of doing one lap an hour made sense to me logically.  I knew that this would be easy to start with and get harder as the race moved on.     I started out fast at about 23 MPH for the first lap for a time of 46 minutes or so.   I knew that each early lap that I could do fast would put time in the bank for later on when the laps would be much tougher.    

The first quarter started fast.    I was easily holding 20+ mph and riding pretty well.    I was drinking one bottle of fuel an hour that had 90 grams of carbs (60 Maltodextrin and 30 Fructose) and it was going down pretty well.   


Lap 1:  46:00    23.0 MPH      251W
Lap 2:  47:59    22.5 MPH     231W
Lap 3:  49:02    22.0 MPH    221W
Lap 4:  51:24    21 MPH       206W
Lap 5:  53:10     20.3 MPH   194W
Lap 6:  53:23     20.2 MPH    191W

            5 Hours 1 Minutes   21.5 MPH  215.6 W

On the seventh lap, my light died and I ended up losing 23 minutes waiting for the team to bring me my backup.  Really silly to not have a small backup available to use in case of emergency.  But, I tried really hard to not let it impact my mood or mental game.   I was watching everybody pass me as I stood by the side of the road.  

After my light debacle, I settled into a pretty relaxed next six laps. I was not worried too much about speed and just tried to keep moving at a consistent pace.  I noticed that my eyes were starting to have issues around the 10th lap.  I was seeing halos around lights and it seemed foggy outside.  I was having issues seeing the fog line and new that I would need to get eye drops each lap to help with this.  I got a bad case of this at the Furnace Creek 508 in 2013 and was temporarily blinded.   This would ruin this race if we did not get in front of this and the crew was helpful in fixing this.   We lost time each lap getting the eyes worked on, but it was well worth it.


Lap 7:   1:16:09  14.2 MPH   192W 
Lap 8:    53:59  20.0 MPH     185W
Lap 9:    58:00  18.6 MPH     179W
Lap 10:  55:53  19.3 MPH     175W
Lap 11:  54:57  19.7 MPH     178W
Lap 12:  55:27   19.5 MPH    179W

             5:54:30   18.55 MPH 177.8 W 

The third section is nice as it is cool out and the sun is coming up.   My eyes were not working well and I could not see the turns that well.  This slowed me down.  It was good seeing the 12 hour racers come onto the course and blast by.    The heat was coming on as you can see the first hour plus lap .  It would rise to almost 100 degrees in the shade and felt a lot hotter on the bike.   The team would make me ice wreaths using women's stockings and I would put them around my neck.    By the middle of each lap in the heat they would be melted, but they really made a huge difference.     I had 


Lap 13:  58:57   18.3 MPH   1 71W
Lap 14:  57:46   18.7 MPH     162W
Lap 15:  59:55    18.0 MPH    157W
Lap 16:  58:46    18.4 MPH     162W
Lap 17:  58:02    18.6 MPH     160W
Lap 18  1:01:06  17.7 MPH     143W

             5:54:00  18.5 MPH    159.1W

The fourth quarter of this race is really tough.  You are 18 hours in and it is all of a sudden very hot with no shade.  The wind that seemed quiet all day seems to kick up more and the mental challenge to stay on the bike becomes much much harder.   I could feel my power dropping with the heat rising and knew that this was where it was going to be tough.  Just one lap at at time.    I used my experience in RAAM to help me get through each lap.   Each lap was two RAAM time stations in my mind and I would visualize the time stations going by.  I actually did this the entire race.  Early it may have been just a few seconds of mentally placing my lap to the RAAM time station, but by the end, I was really using this to take my mind off the suffering.  "I'm riding to Athens Ohio.  I can feel this breeze and hills move by me...."  It seems to work well in making some of the tougher laps go by.   


Lap 19:  1:03:33  17.0 MPH      137W
Lap 20   1:08:19   15.8 MPH      136W
Lap 21:  1:05:12   16.6 MPH      124W
Lap 22:  1:03:52   16.9 MPH      120W
Lap 23:  1:03:26   17.0 MPH      127W
Lap 24:  1:02:43   17.2 MPH      119W

              6:27:00     16.85 MPH   127W

SHORT LAPS . 9.52 Miles
Lap 25:    17:09    16.7 MPH     119W
Lap 26:     15:53    18  MPH .    119W

http://tpks.ws/XU6XCDJYVMOZPETRCIXJVZHENU  Training Peaks Stats
https://www.strava.com/activities/1931038280  Strava Stats
https://my1.raceresult.com/90792/results?lang=en Race Results