My weekly Thursday night race is a 3 mile triangular, flat road circuit. We go off in 3 groups a few minutes apart and try to catch and not be caught. I go in the fast group (not the really fast group) and the race is a solid hour of fast moving pacelines in a chain gang where we sprint out of every corner at 600-700W, pull at 400W+ and settle in at 300W. I end up with about 310W NP for the hour.
It’s really really hard work and pretty much kills me. I can hold on until the end now but i have massive lower back pain and i’m in the red the whole time. By about 40 mins in i’m having to sneakily miss the occasional pull and when we get to the end i can manage a brief 500W “sprint” for the line.
My question is… How can you optimise this? As it’s a chain gang there is no option to keep out of the wind or do short pulls, you’re just part of the fast moving machine. If you go slow up the line then you’re just in the wind for longer, and when you’re on the front you have to keep pulling at 400W until the next guy takes over. My FTP is 327W (75.5Kg) so this is barely doable.
Any ideas or survival techniques?