How was your start?
How was your pacing strategy?
How did you feel after x minutes, then y minutes, etc?
How did you feel in the position? Did you move arround? Felt power-less? Powerful?
You should reflect on your race and ask yourself these questions. A race is never useless, unless you avoid reflection and look foward to your next race without knowing your mistakes and modifying your approach.
Oh, I have reflected on it and found ways to improve my performance. I know that my form was the best it could be, but I just had a day where other things interferred.
- Bad sleep in the days leading up to the event(waking up 2 hours before my alarmclock and only 6 hours of sleep - not 8 like I'm used to)
- A stressfull day the day before the event where I never had time to sit down and relax.
- Everything was done in the last minute.
So for next time I know that I need to have a simple day the day before, make sure that I don't wake up too early and get enough sleep.
My start was easy. Get up to speed and then try to build towards my FTP. So I set out wanting to do 250-260 watts the first 5 minutes and then step it up and hold it at FTP to the turning point. The last 5 minutes building even more power.
I felt bad all the way around. Actually, not true. At first I found it easy, but after 5 minutes I started to lose my flow.
My position felt ok. My shoulders hurt a bit, but I just didn't have the power in the legs that day. I was struggling to hold 250-260 watts on the flats. At the end I slided a bit forward on the saddle. Might need to adjust the position a tad.
Profile from the TT