There isn’t much to say about the TT since I already posted a preview, so I’ll be brief.
I rode out to the race and was buffeted by wind and light rain. There was a afternoon storm cell rolling through, and winds were gusty and variable, coming from all directions. By race time the winds were subsiding somewhat. This was good except I think racers that started a few minutes after me got a lot less headwind. This sentiment was echoed by Robin Eckmann, who has been winning a few local races and started a few minutes ahead of me. Some starters were up to 15 minutes later.
In fact, the starters were numbered alphabetically #1-55. I was #15. There were no riders under #30 in the top 10, and the average bib of the top ten finishers was #45. I think it is safe to say that I had some bad luck with the wind conditions. There were also a few reasons I didn’t have a perfect race; small things, but they can add up.
The course changed from climbing to flat to descending every few minutes and I felt like I was having trouble finding a rhythm. I also had a bit of diaphragm discomfort. This could either be from a lower position, or simply riding my bike really hard during the short effort. I also was at work the last two days, and sometimes it is best to have ridden more recently before such a hard effort.
I did pass two riders, even though I was started 10 seconds late. There was confusion at the start house because there was no rider #14 ahead of me. I’m hoping the results reflect this and the timing chip and/or officials took care of it. I didn’t time myself, so I don’t have any way to verify it, so I’ll just have to trust the system. Also, the finish was a little sooner than I expected (I should have looked up at the top of the last hill), and I should have pushed harder down the final gentle descent. Lastly, I believe the headwind conditions favored a disc, since the relative wind speeds were higher, and this emphasized the flats over the hills.
I didn’t ride with any telemetry. No speed, HR, power… nothing. I’ve done this in the past and performed well, but it is a bummer not to have any data when my result wasn’t great. As I said in my tweet, I felt good, but not great, during the TT. I finished 12th position in a large, strong field, so I’m still reasonably satisfied. I also earned a single Omnium point for the weekend. Better than nothing.
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