Saturday saw the first TT of the season, and a chance to see whether a winter spent actually doing some training, and some halfway decent kit might make a difference to my performance. As it turned out, the answer was no. My best 10 of last season was 24:20 but I only managed 25:30. To be fair, the weather was downright horrible. The temperature was around 5˚C, it was wet and raining on and off, and the wind was pretty blustery.
I felt reasonable on the warmup but as soon as I set off I was struggling. the first part of J2/3 is uphill (such as it can be on a flat TT course) and is a technical series of shallow bends. In the wet, and only the second time on this bike on the road, I took it pretty gingerly. Only when I got on the main A535 road did I try to accelerate, but my legs were already hurting and I was gasping CO2 out like a chain smoker. I also found out that my visor steamed up in this type of weather – which meant I was struggling to see more than a yard in front. I must have tried to wipe it half a dozen times during the ride. It also hurt my head – it’s a bit on the snug side!
Anyway, the end couldn’t come quick enough and I finished cold, wet and a bit despondent – although a look at the finish board suggested no really rapid times at that point. On the plus side, a few lessons learned about the kit, and onwards and upwards to the next one – this coming Saturday. Fingers crossed for good weather.
Ride stats : 10 miles on J2/3 in 25m 30s at 23.5mph average. 479kcals used, average HR 175bpm
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