Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Diego, California USA
Bikes: Giant TCR0 aluminum/carbon with ultegra components. Sintesi (Italian) lugged steel road bike, circa 1987.
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Race report: 2nd place in Santiago Canyon Time Trial
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.