Autumn 2014 #1 Paul Odlin update, the latest from a competitive road cyclist, professional cycle coach and family guy is….
The countdown is on to the Coffee Culture Le Race, the biggest event on the calendar for the athletes I coach; since my last blog I’ve time trialled to success twice more and now have a new favourite training tire.
I’ve hesitantly signed up for what will be my 10th crack at Le Race on the 29th of March. Being a competitor means a more painful but at least more scenic way of making it over to Akaroa from the centre of Christchurch (this year the race will move back to its original depart from the Cathedral Square). I look forward to seeing the number of the athletes I coach make it to the finish line and here their epic tales of racing along the tops of Banks Peninsula. Le Race is also important since Odlin Cycle Coaching has sponsored a prize pack every year and recently I’ve started providing coaching tips on the race organiser’s facebook page.
Now to more my favoured riding – time trialling – I’ve managed to set two further PBs on my Specialized Shiv TT, at the local Tuesday night Canterbury Time Trial Association TT. In a cold and windy night I set a power best of 451 watts (450 normalised power) over a time of 19:34. Last Tuesday I set a new record to (eclipse my old record by 2 seconds) of 19:26 on another cold but windless night. I’m looking to further improve my performance (average power) through psychological skills training; and drop the record further (my fingers are crossed for another warm Nor’west on a Tuesday night)!My favoured rig: the Specialized Shiv TT
Right: my new favourite training tire!
Previous to my Specialized ambassador role I was a Subway Pro Cycling team member (riding Giant bicycles) and a Trek sponsored rider. I didn’t have a lot to report on the Kenda tires we used during my time at Subway; while riding for Trek (Cyclesport NZ) I really enjoyed the vittoria tires I was given. But… move over the Vittoria Rubino Pro – I now have my new favourite training tire in the Specialized Roubaix Pro. Puncture proof and sturdy, little rolling resistance and really supple – a must for New Zealand roads!
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