Another week another time trial, this was the first time I had ever attempted a 25 mile TT, after the fun I had on the 20 Mile TT I thought I would give a longer one a go.
This time I had my TT bike sorted the day before so there was no more last minute fixes or tweaks it was a case of finish work jump in the car and head to the race. The traffic getting there wasn’t too bad this time so I felt a lot more relaxed.
My sat nav ended up taking me to the wrong spot and it was lucky that I saw a number of cars parked up with bikes otherwise I would have been completely lost. After parking up I signed on grabbed my number(6) and got the bike ready, as it was my first 25 I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect and how to even ride the race.
The word from the other members there was that the course was a lumpy one it was a out and back course with two roundabouts one with just a left hand turn the other was a full U-turn on yourself.
After a short warm up of about 6KM and thinking on how I was going to ride the race, I was not going to go out too hard and pace myself, ride it like I would ride a road bike as I’ve found that when my cadence is higher I feel a lot stronger throughout the race so I was making sure I was going to use my gears instead of staying in one or two high gears and trying to push through like I’ve done in the past. As well as the gearing choice I decided to remove the visor on my helmet as I felt like it was restricting my breathing last week and I was testing out a Turbine for the first time to help with breathing through my nose.
I got myself to the start line and waited for my turn, I started off well and kept a nice steady pace and made sure I stayed down in the aero position as long as possible, the start of the course felt fast and was slightly downhill so I managed to get some good speed going and it felt really smooth. The bike felt amazing and everything just seemed to click for me I kept this going and managed to catch my first minute man and pull ahead. I was lucky with the first roundabout as there was no traffic so there was no major time penalty, and just before I got to the U-Turn i closed in on my second minute man I kept him in my sights coming around the roundabout and managed to stay with him and just overtake him before the second roundabout. From here I kept my head down and kept the pace the same.
As well as keeping a stead page and deciding to use the gears more I also changed my Garmin settings so all I had on my screen was the map so I wasn’t looking at any power, speed or time readings and I must admit it did feel quite nice not having that data in front of me.
I then managed to catch my third minute man and overtake him and just after that I was myself overtaken by Jess and Simon who were both really going for it and looked really smooth on the course.
The last 5KM was toughest for me and I did feel my legs tightening a little but managed to stay down for as long as possible and keep going.
Before I started the race I set myself a time of around 1hr 15m as I had no clue what to aim for and I had a bit of a surprise as I came through the finish I somehow managed to come home in a time of 1:04:54 and a 5th place finished I was over the moon!!
I really enjoyed the race, I felt I had learnt a lot and I think my tactics were right my breathing felt a lot better throughout the whole race, and I think I managed to time it just right power and pace. Overall it was a good day for me really happy with my time and my tactics.
Avg Speed: 37.2kmh
Max Speed: 58.7kmh
Avg Power: 231w
Max Power: 709w
Avg Cadence: 89
Max Cadence: 115
Avg Heart Rate: 162bpm
Max Heart Rate: 174bpm