My season aims this year are to pick up where I left off last year and keep placing well in open time trials and get as close as I can to the podium. After a few top tens last year in longer events and reasonable winter training on Zwift, the legs feel like they should be going the right way.
March saw the start of racing – and then a hiatus due to snow and ice losing a couple of weekends of competition.
Manchester and District TTA Round 1
10 Mile TT – 22:39 8th Place
First outdoor ride on the new bike, so threading through the Cheshire lanes in mud and rain was an experience. Hitting one of the few potholes in Cheshire at 27mph proved I hadn’t used enough carbon paste on the bars as they rotated downwards by about 20 degrees. Enough to make it hard to hold a good position but not enough to stop racing.
Congleton CC club TT J2/3
10 Mile TT – 23:45 4th Place
Another wet and windy evening TT – first ride after nearly 2 weeks off the bike.. Rusty legs, minimal top end capacity and a stonking headwind on the return leg made it a slower night. The best bit about club night is racing your mates – and I was happy to beat my main ‘rival’ by a 13 seconds. Sadly the gulf between excellent TTers, pro racers and me was apparent being 1:40 down on the top 2 and less than 10 seconds to third.
Over the next few weekends I have a few rounds of the local time trials penciled in between 10-50 miles as well as a duathlon around Tatton Park. There is also the small matter of the Ironman I entered in June – but I am struggling with getting the hours of training in for this so am unsure if this is going to come off – a big day out around the Lake District may be more than my body can handle at the moment.