Lowe’s Motor Speedway TT – Week #1

So this year I decided to sign up for the Lowe’s time trial series as a way to measure my fitness throughout the season.  Given I’m training with power now, I thought it would be a good to basically do a power test monthly to see how I’m progressing as Worlds approaches in October.

The first event was last night, a chillier-than-it-has-been and very windy night.  I knew what to expect, but also didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve done plenty of 20 min power tests on the CT so I knew generally how “bad” I should feel.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time at Lowe’s since Dawn used to race (cars) there.  But this was my first actual TT there.

Dawn was great enough, as always, to come up with me.  We got there about 6:45, I did a quick 20-ish minute warm up and we headed to the start line.

A few seconds later, I was off.  I have nothing really to report, good or bad, about the 10 mile ride.  Yes it was windy, yes, it was pretty painful, but the “pain” was certainly manageable which tells me I didn’t go hard enough.  I definitely went hard, don’t get me wrong, but the end result was a generally modest effort, when I had planned more of an all out effort.  I’m not really sure why.  My most recent tested threshold watts are 262 and I rode last night at 254, below where I planned to.  My average heart rate was 172, my threshold heart rate is 186, so I certainly could have pushed harder from that perspective as well.  Note to self, go harder.

That said, I rode a 23:55 or 25.1mph and took 2nd place for the females behind one of my favorite teammates, Hannah Miller!  I told Hannah today I’m ok to take 2nd to her, but to anyone else I’d be pissed 🙂  I was only somewhat kidding.

The results are here:  http://carolinatt.org/v4/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/2012-Event-1-Prelim-Web.pdf

Here’s a quick video Dawn took at the finish.

I’m excited to do more of these events, hopefully with a  bit less wind.  I feel like I’ve been running and swimming all winter which starts to wear on my psyche and I wonder why I do this sport, sometimes.  It was a fun opener to time trial riding, which commences Saturday at Belews lake.  I’m ready for tri season because I’m tired of all my weaknesses being so exposed 🙂

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