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Time Trial report: my first!(6 posts)

Time Trial report: my first!Marlon
Jun 29, 2001 12:33 PM
First officially timed ITT: only 15k, mostly flat, and only a bit of wind, since the course is fairly sheltered by trees for the most part.

To be honest, I was more nervous than a kid on his first date. I saw everything from disc wheels and carbon fibre time trial bikes to the latest in skinsuit technology - this weird bat-man style cape or suit. Quite cool, and quite intimidating. Seeding myself rather slowly, I rolled to the start line. 5...4...3...2...1... go! I zipped off at a fast pace, heart rate monitor in front of me, computer set to cadence, and a death grip on my aerobars. I was revving away, hitting close to 30 miles per hour into a slight wind, or so it seemed. Ouch. After about a minute or two of this, I realized I was going to blow up in another minute, and dropped down to something a little more reasonable, given my low-tech equipment compared to everyone else. After I relaxed, I felt so much better - it was starting to get fun. I started passing people - first one, then two, then three and four... I started feeling better about myself. Then, the headwind hit with only 1 km to go. Ow. That hurt. Motoring it for the last few hundred meters, I gave it everything I had. Final time: 24min, for an average speed of a little more than 23 miles per hour, or 37 km/h. Not too bad for someone who only started seriously cycling a year ago, I hope:)

In two weeks time: the retest. Hopefully, I won't go that strongly in the beginning and do better...
Congrats!Jon Billheimer
Jun 29, 2001 1:02 PM
Good job. Remember, smoothness and rhythm are important in a TT. Also, the shorter the TT the longer and more intense your warmup needs to be so that your blood lactate is buffered. That'll make the first couple of km a lot more tolerable. The Lance Armstrong Performance Program, Lance's latest book as a good chapter on time trialling tips which you might find useful. Ride fast!
Good show!Kerry Irons
Jun 29, 2001 5:52 PM
23 mph is a pretty good time for your first go. You might be able to shave another minute as you learn pacing and do some more TT specific training.
Training and age??bear
Jun 30, 2001 8:59 PM
Good show buddy,,let us know something about your training and spec like age and so on!!!
Pretty pathetic, I'm afraidMarlon
Jul 3, 2001 10:29 AM
Um... started road riding about a year and a half ago, actually more into triathlons up until the beginning of this year. Training mainly consists on short intervals on flats in the evening, with the long rides on the weekend in the hills, so total mileage would be in the area of around 150 miles per week. I'm 23, a university student scraping up money for tuition and the bike, and thus, I have a university student's diet: (ie kraft dinner and pasta with a few veggies and some meat when I'm still under budget for the month). Hopefully though, the diet and the mileage will improve as the summer goes on. I'm posting reports about my time trial and criterium experiences, so if there's any other beginners out there, they'll benefit. And that's it!
Thanks for the tips everyone!Marlon
Jul 3, 2001 10:32 AM
Definitely, I found that starting cold (I was stupid and didn't do as long a warmup as I should have) put a damper on me, and I suffered for it. For the moment, I'm going to concentrate on developing on more power and I'm going to take another look at my posture on the bike - coming from a triathlon background has made me conscious of my fairly forward position on the bike.