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1st 40K TT in 3 days...any advice?(8 posts)

1st 40K TT in 3 days...any advice?ATHiker07
May 31, 2001 5:15 PM
Hey everyone, my first 40k TT is on the 3rd and I have been getting a little case of the nerves. I've done some mass start races, but never a TT other than in training. The past few weeks I've been doing TT intervals as long as 10K at speeds around 24.5 to 25 ave. and my HR right on my LT (172). Should I be able to maintain that pace for a full 40K? I'm hoping to break an hour...
Thanks for any info,
re: 1st 40K TT in 3 days...any advice?Willy D.
May 31, 2001 6:02 PM
The best advice I can give is to take it easy from now 'til the TT, and to remember to warm up!! Do at least an hour and do three or more efforts in your target hr zone.
no advice but...climbo
Jun 1, 2001 7:14 AM
if you break an hour I will be the first to congratulate you. My first TT is on the 9th (also 40k) so I'm in the same position as you. I road my bike last night for the first time with aerobars on it, talk about a weird feeling, the positioning is very new to me. My goal is to not crash!

Any tips on setting up the TT bars? To me, it feels like they are too high but there isn't much I can do about that on a road bike. How do you attach your computer? I have no room on my bars, is there a special gadget you can get to make it work?
Aero setup...ATHiker07
Jun 1, 2001 10:16 AM
I'm certainly not the most qualified to give this type of advise, but here goes.
1)You aero bars should be level or slightly elevated at the front...maybe 5-15% above level.

2)Your' LBS should have a computer mount that will fit on the side of the aero bar, if not check with Colorado cyclist or performance bike, they have them.

3)Comfort is as important as aero at first, if you can't stay in the position for long periods it will slow you down more than help. So find a position that works for you and fine tune it over time.

4)Let us know how you do!

re: 1st 40K TT in 3 days...any advice?Dougal
Jun 1, 2001 7:39 AM
For a TT of that length, you're gonna have to reduce your effort slightly I think. Try doing at 85-90% to begin with, and if you still feel quite fresh after 20k, then up the effort a bit.

There's nothing worse than going out hard then discovering that you've no steam left, but still 15k to go. Been there, done that...
Is this the State TT Championships? (nm)JBergland
Jun 1, 2001 8:20 AM
are you talking to me? yes, state TT in Chatsworth, NJ (nm)climbo
Jun 1, 2001 9:36 AM
Is this the State TT Championships? (nm)ATHiker07
Jun 1, 2001 10:04 AM
Yes, it's the Florida State TT championship. You gonna be there?