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My first time trial(2 posts)

My first time trialBeetle
Aug 21, 2001 5:06 PM
I just did my first time trial today. 10 miles. I did not stay for the results because I have to get up early for work in the a.m. and I would have been there late. Shortly after I crossed the line I looked at my computer and the time was at 27:33. I'm not sure of my exact time but I averaged 22 miles an hour. The results should be online in a couple of days, hopefully. I think I lost about 30 seconds because the course was not well marked and I had to stop once when I thought I missed my turn and slowed on a couple of other occasions when I was unsure of the route. It hurt my concentration a little but oh well, I'll know the course next time. Is this a good time for a first effort? I think next time I'll push a bigger gear. I was worrying about lactic acid accumulating in my legs so I was spinning fast in a small gear. Plus, I had more left at the end than I should have and was able to sprint to the finish, so I must not have ridden hard enough. So much to learn. Can't wait until the third tuesday of September!
re: My first time trialJon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2001 7:12 PM
Sounds just fine to me. It takes awhile to figure your body out, learn proper warmup,pacing,etc. A good idea is to find the course you're targeting next month and go out and ride it several times. That alone will probably buy you 30 seconds come race day.