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Wailua, Hawaii
United States
Cambio Core
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 28m 55s
Overall Rank = t7/101
Age Group = M18-34 Cat 4/5
Age Group Rank = 1/19
Pre-race routine:

Got a good nights sleep. About 7 hours as I crashed out at about 9pm and woke up to my alarm at 4am
Event warmup:

About 30 minutes of spinning on the trainer with 4 hard 1-2 minute efforts to get the HR up. By the end I was cruising at about 140 bpm with a nice sweat. Switched to my PT disc wheel, then lined up with about 8 minutes till my start time. I did down about half of that UFC energy drink I got at the GAR expo...more to come about that...LOL.
Bike
  • 28m 55s
  • 12.2 miles
  • 25.31 mile/hr
Comments:

I had set a goal at the beginning of the year to ride this race at 280 watts. I did this race 2 years ago at 270 watts and it was probably one of my best performances as far as racing to my potential. Last year's opening TT at Makaha was a huge dissapointment at 263 watts despite being 2.5 miles shorter.

Training was going well, but nothing really told me that I could hold 280 for about 30 minutes on my TT bike. Most of my 5' intervals in training were in the 280-300 range, and they felt pretty hard. I also had a sub par GAR last week and thoughts about my fitness being down after getting sick at the end of January were in the back of my mind, but I decided that I wasn't going to make any excuses...because I really did feel like shit after last year's TT when I gave up mentally. I take pride in my TT'ing, and I didn't want to have that post race feeling again where I know I let people beat me that have no business doing so.

So I get out of the gates pretty well, and naturally my wattage is way too high. After the initial jump, I'm still holding about 310 watts for the first minute, so I knew I needed to settle down. I spent the next 5' averaging about 275 to let my total AP drop back down to about 285. The roads are pretty horrible the first 2 miles...probably better suited for a CX bike. But after that the road is pretty cherry, and that's when I started to reel in some riders. It gave me some motivation to keep my power at 285 all the way to the turn around and I saw Burt who started 90 seconds ahead of me...and I knew I was cutting into that gap.

My U-turn sucks balls. It was HORRIBLE. Greg was there and he just laughed his ass off as I simply yelled out..."I SUCK".

Now we're riding straight back into the wind and honestly it helped me focus a little more. I had to shift around quite a bit to find the right gear depending on how much wind we were getting, and the roads were starting to get rough again with took some of the focus away from the pain in my legs. My power was starting to drop down to about 282, but I still felt pretty strong.

Just past mile 9, with no warning, I threw up a little. It wasn't a full on gag...just somehow about an ounce of that energy drink just spilled out of my mouth. I took it as a good sign that I was working hard, and gave me a little boost. It was about this time I started drooling uncontrolably all over myself...another good sign. ;)

With about 2 miles to go, I shifted into a harder gear and just told myself to suffer. I figured it was only going to be about 5 more minutes, so I just treated it like a 5' all out interval which I have lots of experience doing. The last minute, I tried to empty the tank...and honestly...I probably had a tad too much left as I averaged about 370 for that last minute.

Crossed the finish pretty spent, and almost immediately pulled over so I could sit down.
What would you do differently?:

I paced it pretty darn well. 6 watts above my goal, and I probably could have pushed another 1-2 watts. It probably would have moved me up a couple places to 6th overall, but no big deal. I felt surprisingly good in my more aggressive position. Neck pain was not even an issue, but I wasn't actively turtling as much as I should have. It sort of just slipped my mind.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training volume the past 2 weeks was really low...but maybe that's just what I needed? I rode at 16 more watts this year compared to 2 years ago, and rode 1.3 mph faster. The difference this year is my position is about 2 inches lower, Vitorria EVO tires compared to GP4000S tires before, bottle between the aerobars instead of the downtube (I didn't drink either time), and shoe covers this year.

2 years ago I was about 3 minutes off the winning time, and this year I was only 1:32 off. I was also only off of Tony by about 30 seconds, but I don't think he had a good race.

I'm probably going to have to race Cat 1/2/3 next year as I got a lot of "sandbagger" comments (in jest) for racing 4/5.

Event comments:

They need to repave the first 2 miles of the road before we host another TT here.




Last updated: 2013-01-24 12:00 AM
Biking
00:28:55 | 12.2 miles | 25.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 7/101
Performance: Good
First half 12:58, , 28.5 mph, 284 watts, 178 bpm Second half 16:02, 22.8 mph, 288 watts, 182 bpm Total 286 watts, 180 bpm
Wind: Strong
Course: My Garmin had it at 12.2 miles. We shortened the course a little this year so you could see the turn around better from a distance instead of making that last bend and have the turn around come out of nowhere. I didn't think we cut off half a mile though.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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2013-02-24 5:14 PM

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2013-02-24 5:24 PM
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Awesome result Jason!  Looks like you paced it really well and were right on the edge the whole way.  Nothing like a little unintentional pukage to make it a good race.  
2013-02-24 5:31 PM
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Way to go Jason. Very impressive.
2013-02-24 5:35 PM
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Fantastic race, Jason - sounds like incredibly good training, planning, and pacing. Congratulations again on very well-earned results. I am going to be picking your brain A LOT for TT advice in the very near future...
2013-02-24 5:37 PM
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Wow! Great job on hitting/beating your numbers.
2013-02-24 8:43 PM
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Great race!


2013-02-24 10:42 PM
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Master
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Nice job!
2013-02-25 8:59 AM
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Great result..that is flyin!
2013-02-25 10:00 AM
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Smokin fast time.  Too bad there are no pics of you drooling. Wink

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2013-02-25 11:29 AM
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Were your wheels on fire at that speed?   Wink  Smokin' fast!!  Super power numbers too!
2013-02-25 12:37 PM
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Awesome race!  Your speed and power numbers are amazing and inspiring!


2013-02-25 12:59 PM
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GoFaster - 2013-02-25 6:00 AM Smokin fast time.  Too bad there are no pics of you drooling. Wink

I'm still waiting to see what pictures they did get of me coming into the finish.  If there's visible drool, I'll be sure to post...LOL.

2013-02-25 6:51 PM
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Great race! Very impressive.
2013-02-25 7:22 PM
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That is crazy fast! Congratulations on a fantastic TT. And, please, drool pictures would be great.
2013-02-25 9:18 PM
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I told you to practice the U-turn!!! Laughing
2013-02-27 5:28 PM
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GReat race!  Only in TT does the idea of barf make you want to go faster!


2013-02-27 10:56 PM
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Dayum dude, that's flying!  Nice work, one of these days I'll know what 300 Watts feels like on a bike, even if it's for just a few seconds.  Does CAT mean much anyway on a time trial?  Time is time so if you race CAT 4/5 and you beat CAT 2/3 or even CAT 1 guys, how can it be sandbagging?  You still beat them right?  I've never done a time trial, road race or crit so I don't really know.

What I do know is you kicked a$$ dude!

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