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Monroe, Louisiana
United States
43F / 6C
Total Time = 32m 24s
Overall Rank = 15/33
Age Group = CAT 4
Age Group Rank = 5/13
Pre-race routine:

Coffee and donuts! It sounds terrible, but it's been a proven formula of success for me.
Event warmup:

Got on the trainer and warmed up, which was a necessity, because it was pretty chilly in the morning with intermittent drizzles to make sure you didn't stay warm for long.
  • 32m 24s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 22.96 mile/hr

Before I start with the description of my race, I wanted to describe the guy that started in front of me that won the CAT 4 division. He had a Shiv TT with Zipp 808 front and Sub 9 disc, a black skinsuit, and an aero helmet w/ visor. This is all pretty standard TT equipment for your serious racer, but he also had nasal strips. That was an extra bit of attention to detail that I respected. Moving on:

I started out way too hot in this. I let adrenaline take over and began the TT with a 610W sprint and averaged 290W over the first mile. I then spent the next mile trying to get myself under control, but I probably put myself into a big hole with that first mile effort. The rest of the race I spent trying to get my HR settled, and my body decided around 250W was my happy place. happy as you can be holding a HR of 180BPM.

It was good to lay it out there and see what my weaknesses were. Also this race was my first real test with the mini TT bars on the Venge, and they worked rather well. I've attached a picture of the Venge's TT setup.
What would you do differently?:

This past month I've been focusing almost completely on sprinting, so my TT probably took a hit with that, but my focus was to do well on the crit.

This was my first race pacing with real power outdoors, and it jumps around a lot more than it does on the trainer. It took me a while to finally get a handle on managing my effort. I enjoy the consistency of environment on the trainer, but I'll need to do future testing outdoors to practice adjusting effort based on wind, terrain, etc.
Post race
Warm down:

Soft pedaled back to the car and stretched a good bit. After that it was time to get ready for the crit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pacing ultimately. Good to find this out earlier in the season.

Event comments:

Solid race to see where your TT is early in the season.

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Last updated: 2015-03-02 12:00 AM
00:32:24 | 12.4 miles | 22.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/13
Overall: 15/33
Wind: Some
Course: Course was an out and back with some curves. Pretty flat as well.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-03-02 7:38 AM

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Subject: VHP/TC 20K TT

2015-03-02 9:25 AM
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Denver, CO
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Great job, Matt.  Good to get out there and find out what what you need to work on.  You're smart and clearly learned from this one and will be more than ready to rock the next one.  Keep up the good work!!

2015-03-02 10:05 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Great warm up for the crit (as it turns out). :-D

2015-03-02 10:12 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Sexeh bike! And nice job! Glad you had a good learning experience early in the year!

2015-03-02 11:53 AM
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Nice effort!  Now you will be even more prepared for your next TT as far as knowing when to push and pace.  Congrats!

2015-03-02 1:38 PM
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Time to get some nasal strips! 

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