At age 49, I have a lot of experience with being "off the back" and getting dropped on the hills. My goal
this year was to get dropped less in general, and to eventually ride confidently with the 26-28 km/h group with
my club, and also to hopefully improve on my time at the Subaru Centurion C50 ride in September (2016).
I have done spinning classes in the past and have also been exposed to power-based training. I wanted to take
the next step in commitment to becoming a better bike rider. So I thought structured weekly training at WattsUp
would be a perfect fit. When I walked in to my first weekly training session at Halloween (2015), I thought to
myself, "this year is going to be different, my season starts now." Entry into the program started with my first
ever lactate threshold test which objectively established my power zones, providing me a starting point for my
very first class.
After a winter of consistent indoor training at WattsUp, I did, in fact, move up to the new group on club rides
this summer. And in the Centurion C50, despite a very rainy day, I improved my time by 18:07 over my previous best!
My average speed went from 26.4 to 29.2 km/h! I moved up 17 percentile points in the overall category, even though
I was now racing with an extra 294 racers who normally do the C100. (The C100 was cancelled due to weather
conditions.) I'm extremely pleased with seeing an improvement. The work continues, however I am very impressed
that training actually worked for me at my age. WattsUp was the difference.