I decided to have a go at the Barton Wheelers CC club 10 after a disappointing first show the previous week on the club 15! I had put that poor performance down to not having been on my time trial bike in nearly three years!
This week I thought I should do better, especially considering some of the recent mileage I had under my belt, however I was once again reminded just how difficult a time trial really is. I set of with a target in my head of 23 minutes (with however many seconds it took, as long as it didn’t tick over to 24 mins!)
I spent over half an hour warming up on the back road, not very structured but at least I was spinning my legs! Then finally the time came for ‘number 29’ and 5,4,3,2,1… and I was off….giving it beans up to Elsham corner! I felt reasonably OK and I kept a strong steady rhythm going (probably too hard!) until I hit the six mile mark and then my legs just felt like lead and the pace dropped off dramatically! I finally clocked a 24:47 which I was absolutely gutted with! Needless to say I need to look at some more specific training to ride a decent TT which will have to wait until after my C2C on the 27th June 2015!
I think I may also need to revisit my positioning on the bike looking at some of my recent photos!
Here’s an on-board video of my TT effort at the C10/7 course with Barton Wheelers CC.