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    Don't mince words Red Rider's Avatar
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    Time Trial Noob Results

    I had a case of performance anxiety, for sure. Cgallagh let me sleep in and had coffee, a shot of espresso and steamed milk all ready. I made oatmeal and hardly tasted it. Gathered my stuff, he loaded the dogs and the bike and off we went.

    It was cool when we got to Esparto and I was chilled. Met Velodiva and Hermes, visited portapotty, checked in. Saw a fellow club member and had pep-talk. Rode about 3 miles on side streets (no trainer) and called it good. Visited portapotty. Shed extra jacket, realized hubby went off to start w/o rolling up windows, rode & fetched keys, locked up truck properly, rode to start.

    Got a great start and spent the first mile getting myself under control. I wanted to go out fast but had to pace -- it's 18 miles. Had songs in my head to sing and got right down to business. The course was very well marked, the day was clear, sunny, and there was a 6 mph wind (approx.) from the northwest, so going out gave me a tailwind.

    I stuck to my plan and kicked it up a notch every 6 miles. After the turnaround (I was way slow so I boogied to get back up to speed) I found out that my lack of experience on this bike, with SRAM components, worked against me. Twice I upshifted when I wanted to downshift. I lost some time climbing the rollers, dammit.

    The last 4 miles were marked every mile, so every time I saw a sign I started with a faster song in my head and went for it. That last mile I was in full-on sprint. I didn't even see the finish line, I had my head down and hammered along. Pulled up, checked my computer, it said 53 min. and change. Hmmm. I'd hoped for better, but hey, I showed up and rode my first TT, so it's a guaranteed personal best.

    Found Velodiva and Hermes and hubby and much congratulating ensued.

    Then I saw my official results: 51:31, 5th of 11 women. Whoo-hoo! I was surprised and pleased.

    We came home and met a BF tandem couple, rode a 39 mile easy loop, then had a delicious meal with DBC Steve and stoker Terry. We missed Velodiva and Hermes; they took a rain check.

    I'm hooked and can't wait to do another TT. I'm really happy with my results, as well as with the rest of the day, and will sleep like a babe tonight.

    My thanks to all of you who offered advice. I appreciate that very much.

    Just a note: If anyone had tried to tell me that at 52 I'd be into this kind of sport, I'd have laughed my *ss off. So never say never and be open to possibilities. This a way better kind of mid-life crisis to have than others of which I've heard.

    Now, off to a well-deserved rest.
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    Left OZ now in Malaysia jibi's Avatar
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    Time Trials are like a box of chocolates.

    One is never enough.

    And you never know what the next one will be.

    Congratulations are very much in order here,

    Well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    Just a note: If anyone had tried to tell me that at 52 I'd be into this kind of sport, I'd have laughed my *ss off. So never say never and be open to possibilities. This a way better kind of mid-life crisis to have than others of which I've heard.
    Congrats on the TT. Any type of mid-life crisis that make you stronger and better prepared for future years is well worth it. I'm riding more miles this year than in a long time and it has benefitted me.
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    Ahem. Where be de pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
    Ahem. Where be de pics?
    see the "Red Rider and Velodiva are awesome" thread. Pics properly posted thank you
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    What a red letter day! Congratulations on your effort; enjoy many more!

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    I am not worthy to post in the same forum! Congrats!!!
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    Congratulations on a great job! I echo your sentiments about being in this sport at this age, tho' you are way ahead of me in the sport. I try to push myself not just physically but also psychologically at least a little bit on each ride, and I swear this is the best anti-aging pill there is. Your report is very inspiring.
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    21 mph ave... very good!

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