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Race Results – How did I do?lexington476
Aug 10, 2003 2:11 PM
Just did a 12-mile time trial. My Cateye Astrale 8 computer show the following data:

Distance: 12.17 miles (I think this part is a little off, by say 0.17 miles)
Time: 38:59
Average Speed: 18.7 mph
Max Speed: 28.6 mph

Had a slight head wind going out the first six miles, then after the turn around had a slight tailwind, nothing very strong either way. Started the first mile or so in the 42 ring (yes, this bike has a triple), after the first mile I finished the whole thing using the big 52 ring (did make use of the 25 in the rear on a few of the hills). The course was mostly flat with very small hills (not sure about the heights, most likely only in the range of 75 feet or so). I did not make use of aero bars on this race; I lost the shims (can not use bars that are flapping around). Did not sit around to get the official times, they seem to be taking their sweet time posting them (I will get them off the web site in a day or two).

How do these results seem for a first year cat five rider? Looking for input.

I have done two 24.8-mile time trials where my times were 1:26, and 1:28 (the second time had a killer head wind for part of the course [and this was before I got the aero bars, so the odds are even]).

I was riding my 2003 Specialized Allez.
Got the Official Timelexington476
Aug 10, 2003 3:59 PM
Got the official time:
38:30.46
+10:28.83 behind the cat five winner.

That put me 30 out of 33.
some thoughtsmicha
Aug 11, 2003 5:53 PM
The fact that you did these time trials as a first-year Cat. 5 rider tells me you're serious about the sport. Your times are not that great, but don't let that worry you. Within one or two years, you should be able to do the 40 km time trial in a bit less than 1:10. Here's what to think about:

1. You need to prepare your equipment better. Your bike has to be set up perfectly one full week before the event. The aero bars would have helped you a lot. Losing shims is no big deal, but not having time to replace them is. Time trials are always won by riders who are obsessed with getting every minute detail absolutely perfect,

2. You need to start pushing bigger gears in training (if your knees can take it). For starters, do this: once or twice a week, find a flat road and ride fairly hard in a huge gear (52x14 or so) for a full five minutes. Don' t do this in a group, because there will be discouraging comments ("you're gonna wreck your knees"). The idea is to get your legs used to pushing a big gear. The day of the time trial, ride a slightly easier gear.

3. Ride a long, long warm-up before the time trial start. For a 40 km time trial, warm up at least one hour. You should come to the start sweating and having pushed your 52 ring for at least 20 minutes. Start in your 52 ring, out of the saddle. Forget about the 42 unless there's a hurricane or a 12% uphill.

Good luck!