Two TTs this week.
The first was on Wednesday on a closed air field. 28.7k, with some minimal elevation here and there.
I had calculated to be arriving really early, to have plenty of time there, get set up, pre ride the course, get a proper warm up etc.
I don’t know how I did it, but I managed to be pretty late, so I couldn’t pre ride the course, just did a few warm up laps next to the course.
Then I had a bunch of things to fiddle with (PM battery had drained after just 4 weeks for whatever reason, my helmet strap had come super loose, I had to change front wheels last minute… just a whole bunch of stuff you don’t want last minute).
I came onto the course, being already pretty stressed out, but hey, everyone else probably is, too.
I found a rhythm pretty quickly. I underpaced the first lap, and took some poor lines there as well. That’s probably where I can shave off 10 seconds without much effort.
Pretty happy with result, coming in second on the day, only losing to a guy who I wasn’t beating even on my best day ever.
The next race was yesterday and it was the state champs. In our area, all the norther states do one combined event, but with winners for every individual state. The tarmac on the course was great, but I hated that it was an out and back course (3 laps), with very tight U-Turns at the end, on this just 5m wide road.
The course was very flat, but also super exposed to the wind. I did a recon ride the night before, and it was awful to ride. 20 knots of wind speed and 34 knots of gusts. The one bit with the front cross wind was nearly unrideable. Fortunately, the forecasted weather was, while still pretty windy, a lot less gusty. Turns out it was correct.
I started in the Men’s Elite Category against a pretty stacked field.
I started out hard and was able to maintain a good and even power production throughout, with probably a little too much left in the tank at the end. I had to remind myself of keeping the head down. That’s where I need to become more disciplined. I saw I was gaining on people on the straights, but lost time one the turns. Probably will have to practice those some more.
I caught my second man at the end of lap 1 and my minute man at the end of lap 2.
29 riders in that Cat, 149 riders in total on that day.
I came in 6th in my category, 8th fastest time out of all the categories on that day, and picked up a bronze medal in my state, with my 440W FTP teammate coming in second.
The fastest guy on the day put out a cool 70W more than me, and beat me be just over a minute. That’s certainly out of reach for me, but with a little more focused training, some better cornering, and some technical tweaks here and there, a tangible improvement is definitely possible until my A Event in September.