We had our 4th of 9 Time Trial events this past Wednesday night. My times are getting worse!! It was a difficult night to ride as we had a good headwind on the frontstretch and most folks times were about 30-45 seconds higher. I had done the hilly century on Saturday and wasn't 100% recovered but a lot of my time increase was just sheer lack of effort....which I think is partly due to lack of recent speed training. It was really disappointing to see my heart rate so low during the ride and me not be able to respond but I have a plan to hopefully adjust that.
While it was a more difficult night to ride we had a new track record established by a whopping 16 secs. The previous record had stood for 4 years. The new record holder is our local legend and averaged right at 31 mph. While I had my excuses this fellow had finished first in the hilly century ride that I did on Saturday........and believe it or not rode away from a strong front group at the 10 mile mark Saturday and did the last 90 miles solo........and rode it in 4 hrs 45 mins. But hey, he's 20 younger than me!!!
Other items of interest:
1-Unfortunately track safety bit us again Wednesday night as we had 2 crashes. One involved a kid running across the track in front of cyclist just yards from the finish line......we have to fix that.
2-The second was a fellow that ran off the pavement near pit road and into the grass and then fell going back on the pavement. Unfortunately he sustained a broken collarbone.
3-We had a rider DQ'd for drafting-this was a first in the 6-7 years of the doing the events. We try to be lenient but this was just blatant.
The best thing that helps me improve my speed is to do high tempo work with faster riders. I went back out last night with my Tuesday/Thursday group and they worked me over really good. I intentionally attacked and tried to hang on when we hit the hills. While I was pooped when it was over it was a good feeling. I knew the faster/harder work would lay groundwork for better performances in the future.
The group is starting a summer solstice series each Saturday in July. They will be doing a 100 mile, pretty fast paced ride using the same route we used in December. I'm gullible enough to start with those guys there as well.......we have some really good riders and I'll hang on as long as I can. Hopefully I'll see improvements over the course of the month be able to hang with them deeper into the ride each week.