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    Lanky G-Raf
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    Race report: 2nd place in Santiago Canyon Time Trial

    Hey everyone

    I've posted before about tips on time trial techniques, training, and equipment, and I've gotten a bunch of great advice.

    Last weeked I did the Santiago Canyon Time Trial in Orange County in Southern California. The course was a point to point, 11.1 miles with 740 feet of climbing and less then 20 feet total elevation gain. I raced in the 4/5 category. I got 2nd of 23, and missed the win by 2 seconds! I posted a time of 27:39 with an average speed of 24.3mph. To brag even more, I wound up passing the 4 next people in front of me, and they all had superior equipment (ala nice frames and a disc wheel).

    I actually took water with me, a decision I came to embrace. It was VERY dry on the course, and I had to take water on the climb. My legs felt great, but I didn;t breathe as well as I would have liked. I might adjust my position to be a little less agressive for my next TT.

    For training, I've been either racing of doing group rides on the weekends. During the week, I've been going tabata intervals one day and trainer/muscular endurance/grinding a big gear exercises at least once a week as well. My mileage has gone down and the intensity up, and I'm spending as much time as possible in the aero position or just on my TT bike in general.

    Any additional tips or input is appreciated.
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    Senior Member acortez's Avatar
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    Congratulations on the 2nd place. Keep it up.

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    Sounds great! two seconds makes you wonder though -could you have pushed harder? Those 1 or 2 second losses are always in my mind when I TT and I make sure that I push for everything so that I don't regret a loss like that. Very cool though. I actually know santiago canyon. Which direction was it? I believe that part of your race was the nationals course from last year?

    Way to go, and keep up the intensity!

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    Sounds like you're doing the big stuff right! That's a very impressive average for a course like that.
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    Lanky G-Raf
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    Thanks, guys.

    DrW, I'm pretty sure it was the course for nationals. We went eastward. That's cool you're familiar with it. It was 4 miles climbing, then 7 miles descent to Lake Irvine. It's really cool that there's no real net elevation change. I'm an alumni of UC Irvine, and we used to do that course every weekend (except for the bike path) as part of a local group ride. I had somewhat of an advantage in that I knew the course really well, I admit. My plans were to treat it like a 4 mile hillclimb time trial, then use the initial descent (the steepest negative grade on the course) to recover a bit. I used a tad too high of a gear going into the last roller, but I recovered a bit and kept on pounding. I might have lost the TT there.

    I'll definitely have that 2 second loss in my mind next TT. EVERY second counts.

    one more thing for the TT Doc, how much benefit have you seen adopting the "praying mantis" forearm position with the hands in front of the face?
    Triton Cycling, UC San Diego (grad student)

    UC Irvine class of 2008
    Formerly of Anteater Cycling. Zot Zot Zot.

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