I have HTFU'ed...honest. I don't have as many miles on my legs as i would have liked. In fact, since march, only about 200. about 170 of which are within the last 2 weeks.
My first Crit is going to be either at the end of May or 2nd week in June. Depends on if i can make it to the May ride. I'm also going to be participating in a couple of TT's from the Chicago Time Trial Series, one of which is conveniently in my home town (woodstock).
I've been trying to get the miles back in my legs and surprisingly (or perhaps not) in my third year of doing this they seem to be returning faster than ever and my avg speeds are about where i left off (about...). I just did a 30 mile loop the other day solo @ 17.8mph. Fairly flat...being in Iowa and a bit of wind. Point is it's higher than i expected so i'm fairly confident that i can be at least somewhat respectable in a month for my first race(s).
The point of this thread is to keep track of my progress. I want to be badgered because i have thin skin and a chip on my shoulder and for some reason the insults piss me off...which motivates me to ride. Lame as it sounds...it is what it is. As a disclaimer, i hold no grudges from previous posts, i hope some of you can move beyond it. I respect all of you as you have more experience than me.
My goal today was to ride 6 miles (roughly 10k) as hard as i could. The TT's i'm doing are 30k and 40k but they are months away. As i said i'm very behind in my training but in terms of cardiovascular shape, because of the work i did do this winter, i'm in the best shape i've been since my Sr. year of football.
Wind was 5mph from the west and pretty much a non-factor
My goal was 21mph so i'm pretty happy. I'd like to improve on that obviously in both terms of speed and distance. What kind of speed can one expect from a cat5 30/40k TT?
FWIW, no areo bars...