So this week was my first TT race of the season, an occasion to see if my fitness was as good as I thougth. It was the third time I was starting this TT race. Its a U shaped course, 11.5 km long, pretty closed, not much wind, a pretty flat rolling course, sometimes ondulatin but nothing big.
I was chating with a guy before my start, he told me he was always aiming at 40 km/h + during a TT and he said he was sorta taking it easy on the descending parts. I kept that in mind during the race and tried to do it as he said.
Now it sucks bad. I cant believe that ultra fast time I posted. 1 min 40 sec better then last year, sure the course was less windy this year, plus I had a TT helmet, 10 speed VS 8 last year and a disc wheel this year, wich I didnt have last year.
I cant remember if I started my watch 15 sec before my start and I cant remember when I stoped it after the finish line.
Asking people about their time, I realised that some people had really fast time, so I went and ask for my official time. Surprise: 14 min 38 sec, 47km/h average speed. WTF, thats 1 min 40 sec better then last year.
Sure I was crusing a lot at 42-43-44 km/h and sometimes more (45 to 50 km/h). My speed only droped below 40km/h for a few hundred meters, maybe 1 km total.
I really thougth I had posted a 15 min 40 sec or so, according to my watch, this would have been about 44km/h average speed. But when I look at the results, 15 min 40 sec would have been really slow, far from guys who I normaly beat in a TT.
When I compare this time with other guys, I see I improved on last year, im closer to some guys, and I even beat some of them. For sure I kept my end of last season fitness, I even improved it a lot, according to this time.
I still cant believe it, it doesnt match my watch time, even though I dont remember when I stoped it and started it. Maybe I stoped it 1 min after the finish and it looked like 15 sec cause of the race adrenaline rush???
Do you guys think this is actually possible? I trained my threshold power a lot this winter, 2 x 20 and stuff, worked hard, but this is a huge improvement. The thing that bugs me is the watch time and the official time
What's the verdict ? Ranking (though that's not a real factor) ?
What's your real time then? What average speed? If you're too good , you'll have to upgrade to Cat.2
Anyways, congratulations on good "W" word preparation.
It should be time you start a new thread like: ITT aficionados thread 2010 or something...