I’m starting to think that it just isn’t to be for me to get any decent video from the Tuesday Night World Championships at Donaldson Center. If it isn’t one thing with my VholdR helmet camera, it is another. Last night’s ride was no different.
Weather.com was showing that the winds were around 16 mph. That means that at Donaldson they were probably even higher. Still, there was no rain and a good number of riders showed up for the loops around the complex.
Once again the pace picked up again about midway through the first lap. I’m thinking some of this has to do with the fact that we are currently only doing 5 laps of the 7 mile or so course. The more serious riders hit it right from the start. Probably as the summer comes and the laps increase that first lap will slow a bit.
My plan was to hang around in the field for several laps and then bow out. With the race coming up on Thursday night, I wanted to leave this night with my legs feeling like they had a good workout – but not fatigued. My other objective was to get a full lap of Perimeter Road on my camera.
I did great with my first objective. Before the first lap ended the field was strung out. The wind was beating us up. A couple of times I got hung out on the windward side of the group and found myself having to lean against the crosswind to keep from getting blown over.
Still, I hung in there through that point where I wanted to quit. My legs came to me and going into the second lap I was feeling much better. I was holding my own and finding ways to escape some of that wind.
On that lap I decided to start on objective number two. I reached up and flipped on my VholdR… or so I thought. Once again my attempt was foiled by the camera.
One of the problems I have with the device is the door that covers the power switch and MiniSD card slot. When the camera in mounted on my helmet, I have to reach up and slide the large switch back. I like the switch because it is large, but the way the cover on the back is arranged it is very easy to slide it out of position at the same time you are sliding the record switch.
Sometimes when that happens I can just put the cover back on and we are good to go. Other times (like last night) it turns the camera off. I guess this wouldn’t be that big of a deal except when you are riding in a pack and getting dropped isn’t an option, you can’t stop to take your helmet off and check on things.
For that whole second lap I focused on keeping my head up so I could get the best shots. It was a pretty good lap. I felt like I was making up for last week’s poor video journal. This lap would give folks a really good idea of what it is like to do Donaldson! If only…
Satisfied that I had gotten what I needed I headed into the third lap just getting a workout. There were certain portions of the course that had me about ready to croak, but I knew that things would get easier in other parts. I easily made it around with the main field.
I then pulled off and called it a night. There was a time when I wouldn’t have done that. I would have felt like I had to do every lap. Now days I know what I need and have nothing I feel I need to prove by running myself into the ground.
At home after the discouragement of finding out that the second lap was not recorded, I had the encouragement of seeing my power numbers for the ride. My peak 20 minute power was 290 watts. That is nearly 20 watts higher than my previous high. The even better news was that I didn’t feel that I was working any harder. Just maybe my fitness is starting to come to me.
Sorry there is no video. I will try again. I’ve got all summer to finally get that elusive Donaldson Center lap!