Pontiac Lake NORBA Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

September 12, 2005 at 7:22 am | Posted in General | Comments Off on Pontiac Lake NORBA Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

I raced in the Pontiac Lake NORBA Mountain Bike Cross Country Race yesterday. This was my first time competing in the Sport Clydesdale class. I had until yesterday competed in the Beginner Clydesdale class. I chose to move up to sport because the sport class was racing 2 laps on the 10 mile course while the beginners were racing one lap. I had a goal of completing the race in under 2 hours which according to my watch I missed by 6 minutes and 30 seconds. I will see what I really did when the official results are posted. I think I finished 12th or 13th in a field of 14, which was where I expected to be. Because I know everyone cares about this, at least everyone who reads this (me), here are a few numbers from my Heart Rate Monitor.


Time above 175 bpm: 0:28:24
Time below 155 bpm: 0:05:49
Time between 155-175: 1:32:17
Average Heart Rate: 168
Lap 1: 0:58:59 Avg HR: 171
Lap 2: 1:07:31 Avg HR: 166
Calories: 3545

Overall, I was pleased with my performance. I now have a good Idea where my training needs to go for next year. Up next is cyclocross season.

Update (9/13/2005): Official Results


SPORT CLYDESDALE (2 LAPS) LAP-1 LAP-2 TOTAL TIME
1 1711 NEIDER, JOSH 0:49:13.526 0:51:14.661 1:40:28.187
2 1714 MCGOVERN, THOMAS 0:50:01.852 0:50:32.166 1:40:34.018
3 1719 WONNACOTT, ROB 0:50:04.225 0:51:56.112 1:42:00.337
4 1722 RESSLER, RON 0:52:40.452 0:53:47.351 1:46:27.803
5 1721 BARTOS, MIKE 0:51:54.705 0:55:05.855 1:47:00.560
6 1720 WEISS, MIKE 0:52:28.024 0:55:51.086 1:48:19.110
7 1717 GILBERT, JOSEPH 0:56:42.277 0:58:16.361 1:54:58.638
8 1716 LUDWIG, MARK 0:57:01.087 0:58:06.743 1:55:07.830
9 1718 SMITH, WILLIAM 0:55:48.381 1:02:04.982 1:57:53.363
10 1710 BAUER, DENNIS 0:56:33.864 1:03:43.368 2:00:17.232
11 1713 PIERCE, THOMAS 1:02:26.376 1:01:38.915 2:04:05.291
12 1712 BACHERT, JOSEPH 0:58:49.281 1:05:34.362 2:04:23.643
13 1715 MILLER, STEVE 0:59:06.073 1:08:48.719 2:07:54.792

Ok, so I did finish dead last and by over 3 minutes. I guess I need to look at the positives. I finished, I raced the 2nd longest race of my life and finished much stronger than I finished the longest race of my life.

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