>N Hampshire RC 10m TT

The North Hampshire RC 10m on the Bentley course (H10/8) was my last time trial before a six week or so lay off. I may ride one more circuit race before packing up.

The event: I’d done my back in during the week and wasn’t expecting great things (damn that awkward laminate flooring). The warm up was very tentative – every bump in the road seemed to set muscles into spasm (in a bad way). After half an hour of gentle work I trundled to the start and set off gingerly into the headwind to the turn. My two minute man caught me after four miles, but the back was holding out and I tried hard to bring the ride home as fast as possible.

Given that I couldn’t walk down stairs a few hours earlier, I was pretty pleased with a time of 25:09 on a slowish day.

Race stats: 10 miles in 25:09 (23.86mph). 43 out of 77 finishers. Slowest mile (2): 3:10 (18.95mph). Fastest mile (9): 1:57 (30.77mph). Top speed: 36.4mph. First 5 miles: 13:59 (!), next 5 miles: 11:10. Max heart rate: 168bpm, average HR: 157bpm. Winner: Phil Sykes (VC St Raphael) 20:51

Later on that evening I (re-)discovered that alcohol is a good muscle relaxant.

The two photos (by Derek Reynolds – thanks, Derek) show my position on the bike early season (top pic) and from a couple of weeks ago. The saddle is now higher and the stem is longer. I feel more at home on the bike now, but I’m still not going as fast as I should be (despite the dinky lycra overshoes)

About lancewoodman

Playwright, heritage interpreter and teacher. Living in the Midlands, UK

Posted on July 19, 2009, in Cycling, time trialling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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