“8 Days In California”: Stage 8 recap; One day 35% off AtLarge Nutrition sale!
Yesterday I rode the 8th and final stage of TrainerRoad’s “8 Days in California” challenge!
Stage description: The final stage of 8DC is pretty forgiving in format with just a sprinkling of smaller climbs leading up to the 2-lap finish circuit that promises to be action-packed. There’s a single intermediate sprint and strong chance this will come down to a mass field sprint.
Stage strategy: Our plan will be 2-pronged. Both scenarios will involve an attack just prior to the finishing laps and the outcome will, with any luck, be one of 2 possibilities. 1: Our attack works and we solo to victory or claim a high finish in a small bunch sprint if our attack draws out a few riders. 2: Our attack is caught and we use the momentum to lead out our sprinter for a high finish, even possibly a stage victory.
Yesterday’s stage was not especially difficult, but it was far from a walk in the park. This is especially true simply because after 7 days of difficult stages, every rider who gave this challenge his or her all was certainly fatigued. I know I was. In fact, the first half of yesterday’s stage felt much harder than it should have. Once settled in, though, I felt quite strong.
Here are my post-ride notes:
“Challenge complete! Early in this stage I felt some heaviness in my legs and some general fatigue–no great surprise after the past 7 stages, and especially after yesterday’s tough stage (my TSS was 145). I even felt a bonk coming on early in this stage, which thankfully I was able to avoid with a couple of energy gels. I settled in at about the halfway point, and felt strong for the rest of the ride. Thanks to Nate, Reid and the rest of the TrainerRoad team for putting together such a fun, exciting, difficult and rewarding challenge. I truly enjoyed it, even when I felt like dying. It wasn’t always easy, but I did every stage with every optional KOM and sprint while exceeding all wattage requirements; I have no doubt that my fitness and strength as a cyclist has improved as a result. Can’t wait for the next one! “
That about sums it up! Well, and this graphic:
The final standings are in: 1,033 riders started this challenge and only 281 cyclists managed to survive the entire tour. Successfully completing all 8 stages was no easy task–congratulations to all my teammates who made it over finish line!
Tonight I’m going to crunch all the data and put together some (hopefully) interesting facts and figures. I’ll have those stats along with a final wrap up of the tour in tomorrow’s blog. 🙂
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