This is my first thread in the 50+ forum and though I technically won't be officially 50 for 2 weeks I was placed in the 50-54 age group at the race. So, here I am.
The TT took place in Charlotte at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, yes, the NASCAR track. What an awesome venue for a TT. If you don't get pumped to ride in that stadium you might need a pacemaker. After a good warm-up to get used to the track and conditions I topped up on gel and fluids, swallowed my nerves and headed to the start line. Riders started in 15 second intervals, riding to the inside of the track and passing on the right. My bike was my standard road bike. No aerobars or special position. I did put a 31 mm semi aero wheel on the front but used my PowerTap Open Pro on the back. The interesting thing about the track, which is a 1.5 mile tri-oval, is that it has about 20' of grade from one end to the other. The wind was blowing head on going uphill and therefore I had a tailwind on the back straight down the grade. My plan was to push the uphill/upwind section and relax a bit on the downhill/downwind part.
No matter how well one paces an event like a TT, somewhere about 2/3 of the way in it really starts to hurt. The race was 10 miles and sure enough just past the halfway point I began to question how much I had left in the tank. Unlike training though there is an extra bit of motivation when the clock is running. I was able to hold my effort through the final laps and finish strong with a good sprint to the line. My time for the 10 miles was 25:07 or just a hair under 24 mph. I was very happy with the result and my power output was a PR for both 20 minutes (my normal testing time) and whole the 25 minutes. So I guess I did everything about as right as I could have given a first race.
If anyone is near the Charlotte area I highly recommend this TT series. It is finished for the season now but will start again next April. Everyone is very supportive and riders of all abilities compete against the clock. I really had a blast.