Yesterday I did #3 of my indoor bike 10k time trial races for the “season! You can read about my first two races here and here. Each race has had some very unique experiences….that’s mom/athlete life for ya! I’m starting to get used to “rolling with the punches” though. So, let me tell you about my race yesterday.
My race was scheduled for 2:20, so we got home from church and I put the baby down for a nap while we ate lunch. Then, I got all my stuff ready for the race. The baby woke up and so I decided to feed her before we left in hopes that she’d nap again while we were at the race. I finished feeding her at 1:30pm. Thankfully, the race site is only 15 minutes away, so we were there with a somewhat decent amount of time to warm up. Well, I got there, put my bike on my trainer to warm up, checked in and found out that the races were all delayed, so the 2:20 race wouldn’t go off till 3pm….uh oh….baby’s gonna need to eat again at 3:30pm. So I asked them if there was any way at all I could get bumped up the the race prior (which was scheduled to start at 2:10pm). They had to talk to the people running the computers, but after a few minutes, it was approved. It was now 2pm….yep I had exactly 10 minutes until my race. Oh, and I hadn’t gotten my bike set up on the race trainer yet. Also, I had to pee…..well, warm up took priority over using the bathroom. So, I hopped on the race trainer, got my bike calibrated, and had exactly 9 minutes to warm up before the race started. Lovely.
I decided to make the best of it though, and spun hard for a bit, then easy until it was time to start. My goal for this race was to PR, but also to start out harder than I had in the previous two. After the last race, I felt like I could have pushed harder in the beginning. So, that’s what I did! I pushed hard right out of the gate. Actually, 1/4 of the way into it, I wondered if maybe I pushed too hard, but I kept going. I was chasing a PR! I came through the halfway mark at 8:40. At first I thought to myself, “oh good, I’m on pace to PR”. Then I realized I had my math wrong, so I kicked it up a few notches!
With about half a mile to go, I looked at the clock and realized I needed to seriously push or else I wouldn’t break 16:59 (my best time so far), so I dug deeper than I ever have and gave it everything until I crossed the “finish line”! I finished with a time of 16:50, a VERY red face, and a strong desire to puke. I’d say it was a good finish. I was 1st in my age group, and 2nd female overall! You can see all the results here. So, I accomplished my goal for the day, but also for the series. I wanted each one of my races to be faster than the previous one, and they were! I’m pleased with how I did and I wish I could do the last one of the series, but unfortunately I won’t be in town for it! Bummed….BUT, by doing 3 out of the 4, I still qualify for overall awards, so we’ll see if I got anything after the series is over!
Has anyone ever done a bike time trial before?
They are serious suffering, but so fun! (afterward)