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Quad-City Bicycle Club 40K Time Trial - Cycle

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Cordova, Il
Quad-City Bicycle Club
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 09m 55s
Overall Rank = 70/132
Age Group = M50+
Age Group Rank = 12/22
Pre-race routine:

Pre-race routine really started the night before when - through no fault of my own - I got wrangled into a wine tasting and seven-course dinner. I was drunker than a monkey when I left and felt sluggish the next morning. But it was fun!
Event warmup:

Rode and EZ 4 miles in low gear.
  • 1h 09m 55s
  • 25 miles
  • 21.45 mile/hr

I am not a bike racer. In fact, I only took up serious biking last year for triathlons. But as part of my plan to be a stronger biker I've decided to try to work in some time trials. This was my first, and what I learned is that it's damned hard to go all out on a bike for 25 miles. I'm pleased with my average speed, but not impressed by it. My goal is to be able to average 22 mph+. This race is also part of a multisport circuit I participate in, and in order to win my age group on the circuit this year, I have to do some bike races and some runs that I might not ordinarily do because they conflict with my tri training.
What would you do differently?:

Either drink no wine the night before, or a lot more so as to leave no doubt the next morning about whether I should get out of bed and race or not.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, water, water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just need to get another solid year or two of biking behind me.

Event comments:

There are two time trials in this circuit, a 20K and this 40K. That's about all the bike racing any sane person should want to do in a year.

Last updated: 2005-07-19 12:00 AM
01:09:55 | 25 miles | 21.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/22
Overall: 70/132
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Mostly flat
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-07-19 8:27 AM

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Subject: Quad-City Bicycle Club 40K Time Trial

2005-07-19 12:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Quad-City Bicycle Club 40K Time Trial
You raced drunk?? OMGosh!! too funny! and you are such a stickler and you are always talking about 'living the tri-lifestyle'. LOL!!

But 21.45 mph is GREAT considering you could have done better sober!!

lOve to pick on you!!

2005-07-19 12:31 PM
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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: RE: Quad-City Bicycle Club 40K Time Trial
Great pre-night preparation! I am impressed with your speed!
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