Monday, August 3, 2009
BILL'S RACING AND TRAINING(POSSIBLY)
Another great photo by Joe's wife. Thanks!!!
Sunday brought forth five pain-seeking TTers from the team. The VA State Championship TT was down in Chesapeake for the 2nd weekend in a row. After not even getting actual start times and waiting for 3 hours for results(mine are still pending) we did our best to blister the course. The high moment of the racing year for me came when Steve earned a much deserved State Championship for the 50+ age class. It could not be a better thing for us all. Congrats to Jordan for his continuing to rank as a 30+ rival and podium finisher in that BAR. Jinksy finished with air in both wheels, but none in the lungs. I've never seen YoungGun a deeper shade of red, which meant he left everything out on course.
The course was the same one we always use(though I'd love to do it in reverse sometime). The wind down there swirls and today was no different. It was much stronger than last week, so the riders who can really push the High power numbers will make out well. Sections 1-4,6 had the most head to side wind. As a last minute stress, I decided to put on a 54 ring in hopes of finding a better ratio for my type of riding. For most of the entire half I had the same gearing and speeds 25.5(avg). That's not where my abilities take me. Still too many fast-twitch muscles to be a great TTer. Finally, I got a bit of power going on section 5-Bunch-O-Walnuts RD. I also got the speeds up to 28 at the start of the last section and to 31mph on the final 3 miles(I was in the 54x11). My minute man from behind caught me in that final 3 miles and he was so solid. I know that I rode that race smarter than I've done before. I captured my second fastest time ever, 21 seconds slower than last week. Well that concludes my TTing for the year. Still fun to ham it up with the BWR boys.