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MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


23:22 on the road bike in tonight's 10 mile TT, getting there

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MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


New FTP day , up to 370

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Literally Lewis Hamilton posted:

Can there be a turnaround at the end of the line?

Ah yes, tirrano adriatico

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Last TT of the season tomorrow, and the first 25 miler of my 9 months or so of competitive cycling. It's not a fast course, partially because it has nearly 800 feet of climbing at up to 8%, and the record is a 51:42 despite being used for a lot of national level events. Almost no wind, which is good, and I shouldn't need water as it's going to be 8 degrees (45 or so in american).

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Well after much careful planning I got a puncture about 10 minutes in. Not recommended as a strategy.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


moctopus posted:

That always stinks. I think you said it was the last one too?

It's times like this I always remind myself if anything goes right it just wouldn't be bike racing.

Next one's in February so not that long to wait.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


serious gaylord posted:

Don't fancy the Hill Climb season then?

I'm doing A Hill Climb on Sunday but it's an average of 4.3% so it doesn't really count

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


serious gaylord posted:

Whos promoting this flat TT in hill climb season????

Show yourself cowards.

Cambridgeshire be like that sometimes

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Was finding my threshold intervals impossibly tough (as in had to bin it after 10-12 minutes rather than 20) so I assumed I was ill.

What actually happened was that I needed to re-zero my pedals after a minor bash last Saturday, and the net result was under-reporting by about 13%.

So yeah, not ill, just an idiot.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


MrL_JaKiri posted:

New FTP day , up to 370

384

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


My target race weight is 200lb (92kg), so it's not completely mad (4.2W/kg or thereabouts)

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Now that looks fun

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


First TT of the year

Coming off a knee injury so on the road bike in the road bike category (ie no deep section wheels, etc), just went the whole hog and raced with a saddlebag so I could go straight home (and did, without unclipping until my back door). Rolling course, caps out around 8%, 13 mile course



Went ok - averaged a little over 350W, which is well under I'd have been targeting 2 months ago but getting through it without my knee swelling to the size of a balloon was a big win. 1st race of the season down, next one on Saturday!

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!




Results out, second in category by like 30s - but given I was using winter tyres I was leaving a good 20W on the table from that alone, more than enough to make up the gap next Wednesday.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Tomorrow's 25 miler features 30mph winds and heavy rain. Character building for sure.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Another Wednesday, another 10 mile TT. This one featured a reasonably big hill in the middle (1.3km @ >5%) and at the end (similar overall, but including 250m > 9%, capping out at 11%), so basically the closest to a summit finish you can get round here.

Being a tall, heavy type I did not back my chances much, double so because I was racing it on my road bike with shallow wheels for the road bike category (no rims > 30mm). But judged it pretty well - 6th fastest on the final climb out of everyone, 2nd in category to someone who definitely did not obey the "<30mm rims" rule. So pretty happy overall.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


Another wednesday, another 10 miler. First one on my TT bike rather than a road bike - although I've felt crummy all day, so my power was a good 25-30W down on what I'd expect, which means I didn't actually get a course PB (a car getting in the way on the turn didn't help either). I'm sure my position was pretty crap too.

Finished 9th overall out of 40 or so.

However, one down - many to go.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


First ever dual carriageway TT!

Ominous signs were had when I was picking up my number, as the chat at race control was them working out which of the early riders was being taken away in an ambulance*. Weather conditions were good, though - nice and sunny, very little wind, great visibility.

Like the other day had difficulty getting power out - looking at my shadow, I think it's because my front end is too low impacting the hip angle and also making it difficult to get my head in the right position. Must have put it back in the wrong place when I was fiddling with the headset. Finish time was 33 dead for the 15, which I think was a bit up on my minute man but honestly difficult to tell. Saw nobody around me the whole way.

Lots of lovely kit on show, too - guy in front of me had corima wheels on his old edition P5, and they were just absolutely gorgeous.

*This later turned out to be because he fell off his bike on his own, rather than due to a car.

MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

A bracing glass of carrot juice!


bicievino posted:

I love reading about the UK TT scene, but this aspect of it has always seemed a bit odd to me.

Honestly, the normal road TTs are much more dodgy for close passes etc.

It was notable that my power output jumped by like 40W when I went onto the base bar for the kick into the turns

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MrL_JaKiri
Sep 23, 2003

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Aside from the guy who came off, there was a woman from my club who managed to miss the turn off the carriageway to the roundabout who then proceeded to carry on for another 8 miles (on a 15 mile TT, before the first turn) and merged onto a road cyclists are DEFINITELY not allowed to be on, before coming off it, going immediately back on and coming back the way she came. So uh yeah pay attention to the course

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