There is just something about time trialing, racing at its simplest, or so you would think. Although a TT race is just you against the clock and the strongest rider will usually win, there is more too it than that. It only takes a few minutes and over hearing a few conversations at your first TT to realise it’s rather complicated. Everything from the; amount of times you have to re-morgage your house for the equipment you own, flexibility, body position and even how much air you put in your tyres.
I did my first 10 mile TT last year on my road bike and posted a time of 25:25, I showed up the following week and took 40 seconds off. That one improvement is all it took, I was hooked, first came a set of clip on bars followed by a skin suit. By the end of the year, with this set up I managed a personal best of 22:50.
For the 2016 season I’ve decided to take time trailing a bit more seriously. I did a substantial amount of training to improve my FTP over the winter, with hope I will see the rewards throughout the season.
I wasn’t planning on buying a dedicated TT bike but the temptation was always there, it became a sort of habit after returning home from a race that I would trawl through the eBay ads lusting over the second saving rigs that
I couldn’t afford! That was until I was lent a bike…
The weather was good with a light cross tail wind on the outward leg of the u48 course. Perfect really. I actually felt a bit sick while waiting to start, probably to do with the expectations to perform well. The bike was uncomfortable and too big for me, but I could get my self into a good aero position, I was just a bit worried whether I was going to be able to sustain it. By the end of the first strait I knew I could be on for a good time, my legs felt good and my average speed was over 30mph. I crossed the finish line, press stop on the Garmin, The time was 21:08 almost 40 seconds quicker than my previous best.
Within 24 hours of that ride, I was driving to London to pick up my own TT bike. And within 26 hours I was home and in the dog house with the other half. I guess moving out is going to have to be put off that bit longer. My aim this year is to smash through the 21min mark, preferably by some margin.