That’s what they call the time trial. There’s no hiding. No riding in the slipstream. It’s the rider against the clock for a set distance.
In this case it was the Marina 10 mile TT up near Falls Lake. I missed it last month due to work, and I didn’t know how I’d do since I’ve lost fitness. Please please please let it be under 25 minutes. It would be quite a blow to ride slower than my April TT and it would be great to ride a time that makes me confident for Hurley this Saturday.
On one of the hottest days of the year, a late afternoon storm blew through and dropped the temperature to the low 80′s. How lucky is that?
I get there a little early in time to ride the whole course for warm up. Good thing too because there was a lot of debris of tree branches, twigs and pine straw all over the road in one of the fastest downhill areas. I come blazing through dodging big sticks and a deer darts across the road. I slow and clear the road of the worst of the debris and the deer crosses in front of me again. Well…it wasn’t a black cat, so maybe this is lucky?
So I do the TT and pace myself the best I can. I’ve done this course enough that I know when to push it and when to hold back. I don’t feel particularly fast, but my effort is spot on. I keep going hard and hope for the best. How did I do? 24:19. Excellent! Five seconds slower than two months ago, but very good considering. This bodes well for some solid improvement over the next two months.
My husband was at the turnaround taking pictures. Here they are.