First off, I would like to thank LVMS for allowing me the opportunity to accomplish this goal at their stellar Bullring track. I would also like to thank Scott Dakus, Joe Garza, Tracy Fusco, and Ed Hladek for acting as videographers, photographers, and timekeepers of the event. I couldn't have done this without their help.
The ride went smoothly. I feel like I started out a bit too fast, probably in part due to the anxiousness of the present media. After about 15 minutes I settled into a strong rhythm where I had to fluctuate between positions to find a balance between aerodynamics and breathing. My heart rate was 10 beats per minute faster than I anticipated (174-178) and I wasn't sure if I could maintain that pace due to lack of training. I was able to, but just barely. Once I finished the hour, my right buttock and hamstring tightened up tremendously, not really releasing for over 2 hours despite stretching.
The final result - 23.25 miles ridden in the hour, besting the previous record by over seven miles. I owe it all to the support of my friends and LVMS for helping me accomplish my goal.
I am preparing for my Guiness Book of World Records record attempt on Tuesday, June 23 at the Bullring and here are a few updates.
I have an interview with Kevin West of News 3, KVBC, on Monday. This should be quite entertaining as I don't have too much to say about trying break such an inane record. Thankfully I am only scheduled for a three minute spot. I figured I would do it for fun, since time allowed, and I didn't expect much recognition for the attempt - it's not like I'm baking a 4,000-pound chocolate chip cookie or anything ;). It should be comical to those viewing as I demonstrate, on camera, my aero positions to get the most out of the attempt.
These two positions include the ‘tuck' and ‘pray.' The ‘tuck' is where my hands are behind my back and I lean forward as far as possible. How far I lean forward is determined by stability in the corners, stress put on the lower-back, and shortness of breath from being bent over. The other position is what I would call ‘praying.' My hands are flattened together in front of my face with my elbows touching in front of my torso. This isn't as aerodynamic or as fast as the ‘tuck' position but it is less stressful physically and allows me to breathe deeper. The difference in speed is minimal, just a couple of seconds per lap at most.
Also, Jeff Wolf of the Las Vegas Review Journal contacted me regarding the attempt. He plans on being at the track Tuesday morning at "O'dark-thirty" with a photographer.
Other than that, everything is good. I had a hard ride this morning in the wind and will recover over the next couple days. This will include some easy cycling to spin out my legs to be ready for Tuesday morning.