>Wet and dry

>I was getting down about the weather over this Bank Holiday. I’ve started hitting a bit of form and then the forecasts turn blue. I should have ignored them.

On Saturday I rode the West London CA 10m TT at Aldermaston (H10/1). The rain was scheduled to begin coming down just before I started, but it held off. It was a warm breezy day (headwind out, cross back) on a course I’m not fond of. It has a decent reputation though, so I thought a 24 or even a 23 was on the cards.

I warmed up well and started steadily. I think I kept the power fairly even to the turn and was looking for a 30mph home run. It was a bit more difficult than I thought – I never seemed to get on top of the gear. I finished with a 24:25 which is a season’s best, so that’s okay. It might have been better if I’d been more positive in the days before the event.

Race stats: Time: 24:25 (24.57mph). First 5 miles: 13:00, second 5 miles: 11:25. Top speed: 29.1mph. Slowest miles (1 and 5): 2:39 (22.64mph), fastest mile (10): 2:10 (27.69mph). Average HR: 163bpm, maximum HR: 168bpm. 23 of 51 finishers. Ave. cadence: 79rpm. Winner: Tony Gibb (www.cyclepremier.com) 20:22

Sunday was a 4:40am alarm and a long drive with club mate Peter to Tempsford in Bedfordshire. The event was the Icknield RC 25m TT on the F1B/25 (I did a 1:02:04 on the course a couple of weeks ago). The rain got worse as we approached the HQ and we weren’t surprised when the event was cancelled. It’s a long drive for nothing, but safety is paramount in these situations.

The cancellation makes the long weekend seem a lot easier now. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s ’10’ and Tuesday’s circuit race go ahead safely.

About lancewoodman

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

Posted on May 2, 2010, in Cycling, time trialling. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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