This past Sunday, I competed in the Southwest Ohio Indoor Bike Time Trial. This was time trial #3 for me! You can check out my recaps for my 1st and 2nd time trials here and here. I didn’t do too well in my 2nd bike time trial because I’d just done a trail running race the day before, so this past Sunday, I was really hoping to improve my time and feel better overall!
I went to the race site alone this time. John has always gone with me before, but it’s super boring to stand in a fitness center and just watch someone spin on a bike for an hour warm up, 10k race, and then 30 min cool down. So, I told him to just stay home this time. I got to the site about 50 minutes before my start time was supposed to be. I signed in, set up my bike, and started warming up. I was just in time to watch the entire heat before mine. However, there were some computer problems, so the heat before me was delayed, and delayed, and delayed. Finally, they got everything fixed, and the race before me went off at about 2:55. (I was scheduled to race at 3:00). I wasn’t too concerned though because I actually didn’t mind having a longer warm-up. I had plenty of time to stretch, use the restroom, and relax before getting my bike set up on the compu-trainer.
My race went off around 3:30. My legs felt a little tired at first, so I made a conscious decision to take the first 3-5 minutes of the race easier than I have in the past. Instead of pressing hard out of the gate, I wanted to give my legs a chance to adapt to the high power. After a couple minutes, I felt pretty good, so I pushed harder and tried to keep my power above 200 watts. I tried to maintain this goal the entire race. After about the half-way mark, I’d just finished climbing the hardest of the hills, I was ahead of my goal pace, and felt really tired. I let myself back off for about 30 seconds, and then hit over 200 watts again. I was able to maintain this until about .5 mile left of the race, then I wanted to push harder! I was really surprised at myself for how much I had left toward the end of the race. I was able to stand up in my pedals and dig deep while keeping my cadence up! I ended up finishing the time trial in 17:38. That’s 23 seconds faster than my previous fastest time! AND, I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up after, haha!
They have one more indoor trial on March 1st, but unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to go to that because I’ll have just gotten back from a conference in Texas. I’m satisfied with how I performed in the time trials this winter, however, and I feel I learned a lot. I think I’m stronger now, and more prepared to take on the racing season!