New Metcalf PR

September 16, 2008 8:00 pm

As the final training for Everest Challenge I needed one more speed workout.  I decided to do the Metcalf Mauler with the bike club and push hard up Metcalf.  So far this year I have been unable to come in under 14 minutes, even though I broke that time several times last year.  Jim and I bike up from Morgan Hill and met the group as they were approaching the climb.  As soon as the group started to climb, I took off, chasing Danny, a junior racer.  I quickly took my heart rate up to the 160’s.  At the midway marker I was checking to see if I had a shot at breaking the 14 minute barrier.  Doing math in your head with so little oxygen going to your brain is not always easy, but I did realize I was well under the 14 minute pace for the climb to that point and even could break 13:30.

I suppose that gave me the mental boost to drive on even harder, taking my heart rate into the 170’s, approaching my maximum heart rate.  When I came across the timing line I pressed my HRM without looking, not wanting to have that knowledge affect when I was taking the split.  I quickly looked down and realized that I had beak my prior best time by a single second, but seconds count.  I did have to push my heart rate higher than previous, due to being 4 lbs. heavier and 1.5 years old.  In any case, it gives me additional confidence for the Everest Challenge this weekend.

To prove I did not do it over some slightly shorter distance, here is tonight’s readout from my Polar HRM.

And this is the same data from last year.  You will notice that tonight (above) was even a slightly longer distance measured than previous (below).

You can see from this graph how high I had to take my heart rate (click to enlarge).

This was the second time this month for a new PR going up Metcalf.  Earlier Ann and I set a new best time on the tandem.  It is fun to be setting new PR’s in your 60’s.  I think both our tandem time and my single bike time tonight will last for awhile as the best time in the bike club for our age group.  Here is the best times each year for our climbs up Metcalf.

Metcalf Climb

Distance: 1.75 miles, Climb: 910 feet, Avg Grade: 10%
Time from line at bottom of climb to sign at motorcycle park
Date
Time
Weight
Max HR
Avg HR
Ft/Min
Single
Tandem
09/16/08
13:18
 
138
177
171
68.3
09/09/08
 
17:19
138
168
162
52.6
07/29/08
14:10
142
174
167
64.3
07/15/08
17:30
143
172
168
52.0
04/10/07
13:19
134
170
165
68.2
09/12/06
13:52
136
180
167
65.7
01/20/04
17:18
   
179
174
 

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