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    Did my first TT

    It was a 15km TT on a relatively flat course, but it was bit on the windy side. The nice thing is the course is horseshoe shaped so you get into and out of the wind a fair bit. I don't have a TT bike so I just used my Tarmac as is. Tried to stay in the drops as much as I could, but that wasn't much. I need to work on that. I was happy with my result, middle of the pack...Average speed was 32.7km\h...Did it in 27:09...

    The thing that got me was how I was able to push away the pain and just keep going. After the first 3-4km my HR was getting close to max so I settled into a pace that had me at about 90%max and sat there until the end.

    This is a weekly TT so I guess I'll be able to track my results as time goes on. I really am not expecting to excel at this since my body makeup is more of a climber. The next interesting one for me will be the will climb they have next Thursday. It's about a mile climb that covers roughly 300ft...Not huge, but one of the tougher ones around here. You go up 3x though, so that will be interesting. I've done this climb before, but never as a repeat.

    I guess I can now call myself a sort of racer....Next step I guess will be to pony up and get an actual license and do some provincial events and not just the club stuff...

    At any rate, I had fun and surprised myself...

    Just thought I'd share...
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    Well congrats and you will definitely benefit from riding in the drops more often. With that said, if you are going to get in TT some more, either A. Get some areo bars (more benifit then being in drops for TT) or B. Get a TT bike if you really get into it.
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    keep doing them!

    You'll be surprised at how much faster you go once you get aero. Start doing lots of yoga/stretching and you will be able to hold those low positions longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbart4506 View Post
    the next interesting one for me will be the will climb they have next Thursday. It's about a mile climb that covers roughly 300ft...Not huge, but one of the tougher ones around here. You go up 3x though, so that will be interesting. I've done this climb before, but never as a repeat.
    What's the grade on the sydenham hill? I haven't been out there yet but want to give it a try. Is this your first year with the Hamilton Cycling Club? I've looked through their website but haven't signed up yet, maybe next year.

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    Yup this my first year with the HCC, it was actually my wife's idea. She's got the urge to race first. She actually was the fastest woman by 2 minutes...

    I'm not sure of the Sydenham hill grade, but I'm going to guess it's got sections that are at 8% or so...Weirs Lane is probably the steepest one that we have in the area which I believe has a section that maxs out at close to 10%...
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    Welcome to the club! After two years, I still TT without any aero gear, though I've only done about 3 per year so far. It definitely boosts your training when you know you've got hard events coming up.

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