We our most recent Time Trial at Lowes Motor Speedway last night. It is 10 miles on the 1.5 mile track or 7 laps. I think we had 320+ to actually ride with over 400 to sign up.
I've finished 6th in my age group the past 2 events. Last night was my slowest time of the year with a time of 23 min 38 secs for an average speed of 25.4 mph. That wasn't too bad considering the tough century on Saturday plus there was also a little more wind to deal with last night. I had hoped for a faster time but I've got to remember it is still almost a minute faster than any time I've had before this year.
My top speed was 27-28 mph compared to 31 the previous two times this year--it shows you the effect the wind had on the backstretch.
We've talked a little bit about heart rates so here's my data. My max heart rate was 183 with the average being 174 for the 23+ mins. It took me 30 secs to get it from 85 bpm (standing start) to 140. I was in the 140-170 range for the next minute and above 170 for the remainder of the ride.
Unfortunately we had a nasty crash at last night's event. One of my buddies who is one of our most experienced and faster riders ran into the back of a pretty slow rider and took both of them down. They were both scraped up pretty badly. The faster rider's expensive Time Trial helmet did it's job but was destroyed. He still came away with a bad bruise on his head.
Although I'm not as fast as some of the riders I almost did the same thing. I passed someone and swung back in around them only to find myself quickly closing in on another rider. If I had not immediately moved back out I would have run over the rider. It's important to keep your head up although the temptation is to lower your head look down as you're working your guts out!!
We work hard at track safety and require all passing to be on one side. Plus we've tried to stagger the faster riders together to avoid closing speed issues but it's just about impossible to eliminate all hazards.
Anyway, here's a link to a picture from the previous event that will show me on my Cervelo and the riding position. I think I can take the bars down a little lower and possible gain a little bit more of an aero positon but I'm not too far off.
I'm not sure if this link will work (my photoshop is not cooperating) but here is the pic: