Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Oost Vlaanderen in mind, Cleveland in body
Bikes: 2010 Mitcholo w/ Sram Force/Red
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-First TT of the year
-Quite hilly. 5 mile loop, 2 laps
-Lots of TT specific rigs with 808s and 909s
-I had my crit bike sans bottle cages, aero helmet and a skinsuit to my aid
-4 Team Spin riders present (including me)
-Finished 8th, with a 24:42. The winner had a mid 22m time, and is the best TTer in the state
-Beat my teammates
I wasn't smooth at all. I practically took everything I knew about TT's and said "F*ck that!". I went too fast on the first lap and tried to monster up the hills instead of keeping a smooth pedal stroke. It took me about 10 minutes to even out my breathing.
The second lap was better. My breathing was completely evened out, and I was moving faster and with less effort and wasted movement than the first. If my first lap was the same as my second, I'd have been in the low 24's.
The finish line was 200m after the crest of a 4-500m 7% grade hill. I started my sprint at the base of the climb and didn't stop until I threw the bike across the line. That took all of my energy.
So next week, I'll have my carbon 50mm's, aerobars, and maybe shoe covers.