Time flies when you are having fun. This is even true for the time-crunched cyclist. Amazingly, I have only two weeks left to use the Time-Crunched Cyclist Plan. I’d have to say that I’ve been pleased with the results so far.
The bottom line is I was able to compete in a criterium style race and mix it up. That is what the plan says it can do for you. It will be interesting to see where I am at when the full 12 weeks are complete.
Thursday night will be a new experience and we’ll see how the TCCP works out for me. It is time for the Greenville Spinnners’ Summer Time Trial series. I’ll be heading over to Donaldson Center to participate in a 10 mile out and back individual time trial.
I’ve got a goal to go after from last year. I think I’ve learned a little bit about making a time trial effort each time I have attempted one. With a little bit of mental discipline, I hope I can put it into practice and beat my PB of 23:08.
Yesterday, I rolled out the Felt with my time trial profile. The AR is a road bike with a lot of TT bike characteristics. It is very similar to some older Felt TT bike frames. So, by simply switching out the “cockpit” you can go from a road bike to a TT bike — with some compromises.
My plan was to get out and ride just to get comfortable with the position on the bike. Steering can be a nervous endeavor when your elbows are centered near the stem and you arms are stretched out in front of your shoulders. Speed wasn’t my goal. Confidence on the bike was the plan.
The TCCP called for me to put in 1:3o EnduranceMiles. There would be no need for intervals or hard efforts. I headed out to the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Normally, I don’t think the SRT is a good choice for a TT bike. You aren’t supposed to be riding at high speeds on the trail and when it is crowded, a TT setup can be quite dangerous. Of course, the SRT is still the best way to get out of town. If you are looking for a smooth, relatively flat surface, it is a good option.
Once I got out there I was feeling very comfortable and put out some bursts when I reached “The Swamp” — a long section with no stopping and where you can see for a distance. The thought came into my mind to go to the Chick Springs TT segment and attempt to move up on the Strava leader board.
I saw that Boyd Johnson had moved into third place with a time of 2:09. I knew that he was trying to see if he could take the top spot. Maybe I could get it before he did.
As I was riding back toward Greenville, I happened past the new location for Boyd Cycling — it is located right off the trail beside the Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. I saw Boyd’s van outside so I swung in for a look at the still under construction digs.
It is good to see the success that Boyd is having. I think the new location is going to be another step in the progression for his company. I’ve got a lot of respect for someone who takes a risk and works hard to turn that risk into success. I’m looking forward to the grand opening coming up in less than a month.
We talked about Chick Springs. Boyd said that the time that currently stands was part of a team time trial. That means it was going to be hard for an individual to take the top spot. He had tried it a day earlier on his time trial rig and came up about 4 seconds short.
I said goodbye to Boyd and headed for the segment. Knowing that I have a tendency to go too fast in the start and then fading toward the end, I determined I would keep myself under control for the downhill portion of the route. Then I would give what I had left when the road began to kick up. I was going to have to trust in the equipment and position to get me a good time.
I came into the segment with a rolling start. My goal of spinning my legs just under that point where I felt like I was pushing too hard seemed to be working. I was holding a speed of over 36 mph for much of this section.
The I reached the point where the road leveled a bit more. I started to feel the effort at that point. Still, I felt as though I was on top of it. Looking back, I realize that I could have pushed a bit more at that point. I still had the final kick up at the end in my mind. No use pushing hard just to lose time in the last few meters.
Then I went around the final left turn and a car was coming toward me in the turn. That sounds dangerous, but it wasn’t. I was well within my lane and he in his. However, it caused me to lose my concentration for just a moment and my bike washed toward to edge of the road. I let up to correct it and then got back into the effort.
Now I was climbing up the final little kick. I was debating with myself whether to stay in my position or stand up and attack. One would keep my momentum, but could possibly keep me from getting more power. The other would cause me to have a short drop in momentum, but with enough energy would allow me to increase my power. I stayed seated and pushed through to the end.
I got home hoping to to see a little crown beside the Chick Springs TT segment in my Strava profile. Instead, I saw that I had my second best time. Interestingly, it was the same time as Boyd’s last attempt at 2:09.
That time will fall. It might be today!