We had our first of 9 Time Trials for 2006 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC tonight. This is a 10 mile time trial (7 laps) on the NASCAR track. Hey-we were the first "race" on the newly paved asphalt surface!! We were blessed with a perfect night weather wise with temps in the low 70's/high 60's with a light breeze. The wind can be the deciding factor in these things.
The growth of this event is absolutely astounding. The most riders we've ever had for any one event is 225. Being the first event of the year historically the attendance is generally not as high. Hold on to your hats. We had 480 people participate tonight!! Just incredible.
I'm one of the "key" officials that has helped to organize and run the event-all of us are volunteers and come to think of it we're all 50+ ers. This year we have gone from a manual timing system to using an "active chip" with electronic timing. We had a few hiccups getting everyone registered, the right chip number, etc but overall the event was an incredible successs.
I still ride in the events but I was so involved with running this one I had very little time to warm up. I was able to get in 10 mins on my trainer before it was time to head to the start line. I managed to get on the track towards the end and do the event.
As background, I had set a goal (see thread on goals for 2006) to best my personal record of 24 mins 24 secs some time during the year. I also had a target of trying to break the 24 minute barrier-but was almost afraid to set that as a goal as last year I only improved my time by 1-2 seconds and didn't know if 24 more seconds was very realistic. Normally I set my PR's after riding throughout the summer so usually they happen in September or October.
You may recall that I bought a Cervelo P2k Time Trial bike in January and was fitted to it. I had only taken it out twice just to see if I could get comforable with the feel and ride of the different bike, setup and positioning. I had done a total of maybe 30 miles on it but it felt good and I was comfortable with the bar end shifters and being in the aerobars. The question I was asking myself was could I stay down in the bars for 25 mins this early in the year.
Do you remember me whining a few weeks ago about how my training was slipping? Many of you were very encouraging towards it just being part of the training cycle and it has it ups and downs. I think you folks were right as usual.
I can't tell you how excited I am about my results. I not only set a new PR, I also eclipsed the 24 minute mark. My official time was 23 mins 25.48 seconds. I shaved 59 seconds off my previous best at the first event of the year. Hurray!!! My average speed was 25.6 mph and my top speed was 30.2 mph. My heartrate peaked at 182 bpm and averaged 178 bpm for the 23-24 mins.
In case your are interested the track record is 19 mins 22 secs which is a 30+ mph average speed. I look for it to fall-probably in August as we have some Professionals coming in to ride.
So I guess you CAN "buy a time"???? Gosh, since I met all my goals on the first event-I'm not sure how to reset my targets for the rest of the events.
Sorry to be so long winded........I just haven't been this excited since........well I guess buying Miss Lightweight a week or so ago!!