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My first official race

Old 09-11-11, 11:59 AM
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My first official race

Did the Fiesta Island TT this mornig. My first bike race. Don't think I did very well. it was a 20K (12miles) ITT. Very flat and little wind. Averaged a little over 20mph. Those high-dollar TT bikes were just flying past me. Based on the times from the last race, I probably finished at the bottom of my age group. Kind of embarassing, but it was a lot of fun. They do the race again in October and November. I'm going to actually start training for the next ones. My goal is 22mph. Kind of getting the itch to get a TT bike, but the wife would kill me.
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Get a skin suit and the helmet. You can smuggle them in and out in your gym bag and she'll be none the wiser.
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The TTs are tough to start with. Not only are bike racers kicking your ass, but the triathletes show up too. Plus it makes you want to go out and spend a few thousand dollars in gear after you delude yourself into thinking it's the only reason you couldn't keep pace with the fast guys.
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Originally Posted by Quel
The TTs are tough to start with. Not only are bike racers kicking your ass, but the triathletes show up too. Plus it makes you want to go out and spend a few thousand dollars in gear after you delude yourself into thinking it's the only reason you couldn't keep pace with the fast guys.
I tried telling myself that I was slow because I was at an unfair equipment disadvantage...but deep down I know that I'm just slow. But those dang TT guys make it look so easy.
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You did the hardest part, you signed up and finished your first race. Congratulations! I did my first official tt yesterday as well and I'm still hurting from it.
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You did the hardest part, you signed up and finished your first race. Congratulations! I did my first official tt yesterday as well and I'm still hurting from it.
The hardest part might have been mustering the willpower to get out of bed at 4:45am on a Sunday. I am NOT a morning person.
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The hardest part might have been mustering the willpower to get out of bed at 4:45am on a Sunday. I am NOT a morning person.
I can relate. I used to get up early on Saturday, drive to Columbus Ohio to race on Saturday, get back in the car and drive to Cincinatti, find a motel, race Sunday then drive home on Sunday. Sometimes getting to the races is harder than actually racing.
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I was looking at the results from a local time trial a while back. Based on my riding speeds, it looked like I would be right in there at the very last if I entered- might beat one or two other people. Interestingly, though, if I picked my average speed up by 1 or 2 mph, it didn't make any difference- I'd still be in the same relative position. It's lonely at the bottom!

If you stop and think about it, the success of the overall event in many cases is dependent upon the participation of a lot of people that don't really have any chance of winning it, so just showing up and giving it a try helps promote the even. And if you're too slow for that, volunteer to help run the event.
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Clip on bars and a tt helmet might help a bit for fairly low $$.
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Hey, you were out there, which is more than I can say. Good on ya!
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Clip on bars and a tt helmet might help a bit for fairly low $$.
I was thinking about some clip-ons, but I'm not sure it was my riding position that was holding me back. One thing I am going to do is glue that bib-number down. Mine was just pinned on my right side and acted like a nice little speed-brake the whole time. I noticed all the serious guys had their numbers glued down flat somehow.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson
I was thinking about some clip-ons, but I'm not sure it was my riding position that was holding me back. One thing I am going to do is glue that bib-number down. Mine was just pinned on my right side and acted like a nice little speed-brake the whole time. I noticed all the serious guys had their numbers glued down flat somehow.
You will be amazed at how much a set of clip ons will help. Those, and an aero helmet. Supposedly an aero helmet benefits you more than aero wheels, definitely much cheaper.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson
I was thinking about some clip-ons, but I'm not sure it was my riding position that was holding me back. One thing I am going to do is glue that bib-number down. Mine was just pinned on my right side and acted like a nice little speed-brake the whole time. I noticed all the serious guys had their numbers glued down flat somehow.
I've won several TT's, mostly on a road bike with clip on's, and never glued a number down. I have a TT bike now and it's definitely an advantage but probably not as big as you think. The good thing about the TT bike is that I have my shift levers in the aero position. That and the geometry is more apt for a TT. But still, get some clip on's and you are 90% there.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
I've won several TT's, mostly on a road bike with clip on's, and never glued a number down. I have a TT bike now and it's definitely an advantage but probably not as big as you think. The good thing about the TT bike is that I have my shift levers in the aero position. That and the geometry is more apt for a TT. But still, get some clip on's and you are 90% there.
The second best time yesterday (good friend of mine) was on a road bike with clip ons and the dunce cap. He was flying! I was on a tt bike, I wasn't.
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Originally Posted by pgjackson
I was thinking about some clip-ons, but I'm not sure it was my riding position that was holding me back. One thing I am going to do is glue that bib-number down. Mine was just pinned on my right side and acted like a nice little speed-brake the whole time. I noticed all the serious guys had their numbers glued down flat somehow.
I get to pin my teammates at the SD Velodrome since I've figured out how to pin down numbers flat using six pins. Next Fiesta Island TT in Oct 9th, just ask the sign-in staff for Tony and I'll show you.
I'm the guy in charge of setting up the start house area and usually with the bullhorn calling riders to the line. Didn't need the bullhorn today with Ralph guest announcing. I was at the bottom of the cones calling for riders today.
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I get to pin my teammates at the SD Velodrome since I've figured out how to pin down numbers flat using six pins. Next Fiesta Island TT in Oct 9th, just ask the sign-in staff for Tony and I'll show you.
I'm the guy in charge of setting up the start house area and usually with the bullhorn calling riders to the line. Didn't need the bullhorn today with Ralph guest announcing. I was at the bottom of the cones calling for riders today.
Well done today! I was the guy with the American Flag jersey and the blue Giant road bike. I will definately be back in October and November. Very well organized. Did you ever get that old lady off the course who refused to leave? When will the times and pictures be posted?
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There were two old gals that finally left after doing two laps. Glad no one got hurt.
Jon should have the times posted now since the Charger game is over , if not very soon. Did hang out for the awards? 5 Hour Energy was handing out samples, they were there yesterday and I told them to come today since there would be more people. Not sure who was taking pics, but if someone did there should be a link on the website.
Sometimes Moment Cycles (title sponsor) has Zipp come down and lets riders try a Zipp 404 wheel for the TT for free, just get there early!
Glad you enjoy the experience. The conditions were perfect this morning.
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Times posted...now I feel like ****. Posted one of the slowest times of the day. Dead last in my age group. I've never come in last before in anything. Humiliating.
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Really not trying to rub it in, I don't know that I would have beat them either. But I looked at the results and love seeing the 70+ guys touching on the mid 20s. And an 82 year old that finished.
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Thats awesome man, great for getting out there and getting it done!
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Congrats on just getting out there!
You beat some of the Cat 4/5 guys and I know of one that had a TT bike and was in a skinsuit, it's not the bike! But aero wheels definitely help.
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Originally Posted by canam73
Really not trying to rub it in, I don't know that I would have beat them either. But I looked at the results and love seeing the 70+ guys touching on the mid 20s. And an 82 year old that finished.
That and the 12 year old girl who averaged 21.58 in the 4-mile race

Two of the three 70+ year olds kicked my ass.
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Times posted...now I feel like ****. Posted one of the slowest times of the day. Dead last in my age group. I've never come in last before in anything. Humiliating.
Don't be silly.
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You are being way too hard on yourself. Not only is it your first race, but those racer guys who were passing you have years of experience. The fact that you actually showed up and finished the race is an accomplishment in itself.
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Saw you guys from church on the hill. Wanted to come down and watch but he back to school picnic was afterwards. Congrtas on doing the race. The Moment guy's put on a good show and Tri also. I look at the scores and tell myself if I can beat the lowest score in my age bracket 3 times while practicing, ill sign up- total hack but want to try. I ride there alot and some of those guys practicing fly buy so fast when Im cruising 20mph. Its depressing yet inspiring.
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