Well, I am happy to report that with each month at Lowe’s TT, my times have gotten faster. This week, however, my power has finally seemed to reflect my effort which has been baffling me in prior weeks. The only real difference this week was that I rested a bit 🙂
Regardless, I achieved my goal for this season this week – riding sub 22 minutes. I knew by the first lap I would be able to do it. In prior weeks, my power has already begun dropping to about where it ends up after the first lap. This week, I was able to hold a number much much higher than previous weeks and I didn’t feel that I was fading.
On lap 2, a guy who I don’t know came by me just a hair faster than me. As soon as he did, I decided to use him to pace me for the rest of the time he was on the track since I didn’t know how long he’d been riding. I did all I could do to keep him within 3-4 bike lengths. There were times that I thought I was crazy for trying to ride with this dude – we were hauling bootie – but pacing with him seemed less sucky than riding “alone” at the time so I chose the lesser of two evils.
My times for the events were as follows (I’ll caveat the first two nights with the fact that it was really windy out there):
4/11/2012 – 23:55.31
5/9/2012 – 22:57.50
7/11/2012 – 22:43.66
8/15/2012 – 22:22.23
9/12/2012 – 21:49.98
I won the Cat 3 series for this year, and actually set the 30-34 course record (23:39) by a long shot but since you can only register in one category, it doesn’t get recognized. The Cat 3 record (21:26) is still a bit out of my reach as is Kristen Armstrong’s Cat 1/2 and course record (21:02) but something to work for 🙂
I am pleased with where my bike fitness is right now and this was a great last event to head into Worlds with a solid number to shoot for on the course! I can’t say I’m that sad that the series is over – I’m ready for a break from 20 minutes in the pain cave once a month. 🙂