Columbus time trial

Today was an occasion to test my legs over a 30km time trial (18.6mi for my unit-challenged friends). I somewhat decided to race it at the last minute, as in at 8am when leaving the house for a 9am start. A bit sleep deprived, tired, and a fair amount of running in 40C temperature all week, made me realize it wasn’t going to be my best time trial ever very quickly.

I rolled easy 1h before the race started to the race site and saw discs, aero helmets, skinsuits, shoe covers and all. Oopsie, so it’s serious stuff right? Aero helmet? No check. Disc? No check. Skinsuit? No check? Shoe covers? Come on, it’s warm enough already! There went a good 70 to 80 seconds, to add to the good minute my legs wouldn’t be willing to give.

Started well, solid first 8km, and then it just got slower over the rest. Never got into a rhythm, caught up my 1min man and 3min man but 2min man was riding well. He won all cats in 40.55 and I had to be content with second place in 41.13 and a rather slow 44km/h. Next time, full aero stuff and more sleep. On a positive note, I didn’t go off course.

At the races

Several athletes were racing this past weekend. Nick B. was racing the flower festival in SC over the Olympic distance. Nick is a tough athlete, and even though we’ve started working together recently, I always expect him to do well. And he delivered. A solid swim, a sub 1h bike ride, despite a 2min nap on the ground consecutive to a crash, and a 39min run, were good enough for a 6th overall. Not bad after losing some time, lying on the ground, in a daze. Very promising for the rest of the season. But Nick, please, keep the rubber down!

Daryl L. had a good showing to finish an Olympic distance in 2:10 and change. Now, we just need to get Daryl to convert that top end speed over 200-400 into some reasonable speed over a 10km.

Last, not in the already raced category, but in the I’m going to race category, Jon D. signed up for his second Ironman, in beautiful Mont Tremblant, in Quebec. Having spent time there in the mid 90s, I am definitely jealous. It is a gorgeous area, and the Quebecois will surely put on a fantastic race.