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So, I raced my first 36km TT

Old 09-22-08, 07:18 AM
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So, I raced my first 36km TT

Yesterday was my first race ever. My goal was to go under an hour and I did. I clocked in at 57:05, which I'm feeling alright with. My bike is a 2005 Trek 1500. I only tossed some Aero clip-on bars on it to help with my position.

Now, I've got the itch. I'm going to work my ass off this winter to drop 10 minutes off that time. I wanna break 50 minutes for the first tt of next year.

Was anyone else at the NJ Rt. 29 36KM TT yesterday?

If anyone is interested in racing an event like this, but afraid to give it a go, just do it. It was a hell of time getting out there and pushing yourself.

It was really cool to hear those disc wheels cut through the air. They made a different noise than I ever could have imagined.
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Old 09-22-08, 07:40 AM
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Congratulations. FYI, I improved my time on a 40K by about 8.5 minutes over the span of a year, so it's definitely possible. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by NickDavid View Post
Yesterday was my first race ever. My goal was to go under an hour and I did. I clocked in at 57:05, which I'm feeling alright with. My bike is a 2005 Trek 1500. I only tossed some Aero clip-on bars on it to help with my position.

Now, I've got the itch. I'm going to work my ass off this winter to drop 10 minutes off that time. I wanna break 50 minutes for the first tt of next year.

Was anyone else at the NJ Rt. 29 36KM TT yesterday?

If anyone is interested in racing an event like this, but afraid to give it a go, just do it. It was a hell of time getting out there and pushing yourself.

It was really cool to hear those disc wheels cut through the air. They made a different noise than I ever could have imagined.
Not to cut you down, but as you seem to be relatively new to the sport, I think you need to be made aware of how incredibly hard that will be.

You're talking decent Cat5 speeds to domestic professional TTing speeds over the course of 3-4 months. 57min results in an average speed of 38km/h; 47min results in an average speed of 46km/h.

Sure, a new bike and wheels and helmet will help take a minute or two off of your time. But, you're talking about a jump of 8km/h, or 5mph in your average speed. In terms of power requirements, running it through Kreuzotter for myself (5'7", 140 on a TT bike) I'd be going at 225 watts at your current velocity, and 370w at your goal velocity. Sure, with training, anything is possible, but I think you need to reduce the amount of time you'd like to take off before next winter, or you might find yourself very disappointed.

http://kreuzotter.de/english/espeed.htm

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Crap, Duke's right. 36 km in 47 minutes is about a 52 minute 40k. That's pretty damn fast.
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I have to agree. It is a great course and a lot of fun, but there aren't a LOT of guys who did sub-50 minute times on that course this year. Having said that, it is a good flat course, and it is the course that I managed a 42:20 on for my first over 30mph TT, so if you have decent power and good aerodynamics, you can do it. It will be a lot of training this winter, but if you focus and train with intelligence and dedication, I think it would be possible by next year (though likely later next year, and not one of the earlier ones). Good luck.
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Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell View Post
...there aren't a LOT of guys who did sub-50 minute times on that course this year. Having said that, it is a good flat course, and it is the course that I managed a 42:20 ....
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