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Should I do State TT Championship?(11 posts)

Should I do State TT Championship?flyinbowlofmilk
May 17, 2002 4:12 PM
Hi! I was just wondering if it would be stupid of me. I would go into this TT with no experience. I am a new Cat 5 racer who has no clue about TT's. Would it be a good experience for me to do a State TT Championship as a learning experience? Or should I skip it. And would appreciate it if anyone could give me any other advice on TT.
Yes!feathers mcgraw
May 17, 2002 4:22 PM
It could be humiliating, especially if you get passed by lots of riders, but so what. You gotta start somewhere. You'll probably set a personal best just 'cause you'll be riding on a closed course and have extra adrenaline. Practice some beforehand and find out what your LT is then ride right at your limit or a bit above. The excitement of the race will let you go harder than normal. Whatever you do don't skip it.
how do you do thatishmael
May 17, 2002 6:38 PM
when you say find your lactic threshold im assuming there isnt any formula for this...in practice i guess this would mean just ride as hard as you can for the given distance and dont blow it all in 5 minutes...im looking to do a timetrial too and had the simple strategy that i stated above- go as hard as you can for the given distance...isnt it as simple as that..i also plan to just use my bike without any aero bars, any advice....how often do they get out of the saddle, is using a speedometer a good idea?
how do you do thatfeathers mcgraw
May 20, 2002 7:45 AM
Well, I'm no expert at this, but this is what little I know. I think the real way to measure LT involves monitoring your blood to detect the exact moment lactic acid appears. Not something most people can do. I just estimate mine from experience--it's the highest heartrate I can hold without feeling like I need to recover and gives me the best time. In a race I'd try to go 5 beats higher. Divide the course into segments and set time splits instead of judging by speed. Time the splits in training and set targets for each segment. That way you'll know if you need to make up time or if you're ok. Don't be surprised if you exceed your expectations, and if you're feeling good keep going for it. I personally stay in the saddle as much as possible. Standing spikes my heartrate and I'd rather keep it steady, and I rarely sustain the increase in speed when I sit back down anyway. It would be good for cresting a little rise and keeping your momentum, though. The main thing I learned through lots of testing is that steady and even effort with gradual accelerations give me the best times even though it feels slower. I'm still working on my TT technique and would love to hear other opinions.
how do you do thatDougSloan
May 20, 2002 8:31 AM
I think you are always making lactic acid. I believe I read that above threshold is when you are making it at a faster rate than you are consuming it (you actually burn lactic acid for energy, I understand).

Could be wrong, but I think I read that several places.

Doug
Which race are you talking about?DY
May 17, 2002 11:36 PM
Just curious. Wondering if it is the race in San Diego this Sept.
Which race are you talking about?flyinbowlofmilk
May 18, 2002 11:13 AM
There is a state TT Championship in N.C. And I was wondering if I should do that Time tiral.
test firstDougSloan
May 18, 2002 4:05 PM
Go out and do a 10 mile out and back or loop time trial on a windless day, flat ground. Use the same equipment you would use in the race. The exact distance doesn't matter, as it's average speed we'll be concerned with.

If you average over 24 mph, give it a go. Much under that, and I would not, if it were me. But, that's just me.

Doug
whats your best without tt bars, im going to beat itishmael
May 18, 2002 7:32 PM
how often do you recomend getting out of the saddle, or is a personal thing? what cadence? do you bother with water, 10 miles isnt worth it id imagine? do you pace yourself with a computer?
OkDougSloan
May 19, 2002 2:50 PM
200 miles in 10:14, no aerobars. You didn't say what distance. I've never done a short time trial without aerobars. I'm not a short distance guy, anyway. The best 10 mile time trial I've done with bars is around 25.5 mph. No doubt lots of people here could beat that.

In a short timetrial, I get out of the saddle only to accellerate. Sure, it's gotta be a personal thing, just like anything else. No water for 10 miles, yes for 25 miles. I pace largely with heart rate, plus keeping an eye on average speed and instant speed.

Doug
concider it doneishmael
May 19, 2002 3:09 PM
ill have to leave now to get back by class tomorrow morning...no, i think ill stick with the ten mile tt...there is an 8.5 one coming up that im planning on doing so thats why i make the challenge, it'll motivate me, otherwise i might get too into the nice scenery...im sure 25.5 is fast, give me a year, i dont think ill get that fast in one month.