Coming up 3rd was not a shock but a bit disappointing. I know I could have achieved the gold if only more time was granted for training. I could tell this because as I rolled off the starting ramp my legs could turn beautifully but 5 k in I could not ramp up the power when I was crusing around 360 watts. As I am a fighter this did not deflate me as it would for most, I just continued as I could keeping that rpm up and slowly chasing down my minuet men. Getting the joy of ramping up the speed just as I passed them.
Giving thought to my effort I could have not done better under the circumstances, keeping my legs around 90rpm and my power steady is an art within its self.
I would like to share an inside scup of my pre 24 hours to the TT.
The day and night before my T.T. was just about consuming carbs with minimal fats, with lots and lots stretching!!! I find that stretching gives me time to meditate and focus on the event, letting go of everything else but my goal of winning. My legs felt great in the morning, I had eggs with a piece of toast. Stopping off at Tims to grab a sandwich before the event. The goal with food before a T.T. is to have nothing in your stomach, so all the blood can go to the legs. For most that means eating 3 to 4 hours before the T.T.
My warm up was 45 min long , with my legs at 100rpm and power sitting at 250 watts. (keeping your legs at a higher rpm during a warm up tricks your brain into thinking your legs are moving to slow during the T.T.)
After my warm up I took the time well riding to the start to connect and focus and the task of winning.
All I have now is my drive for perpetual progression and k-9 devotion of getting better and faster. Using this winter and the unforgettable help off the MGCC to get stronger, lighter and more experience.
Here is my garmin file for the race.
Thank you MGCCl!!!
Dear Morning Glory Cycling Club,
I could have not have been MORE blown away by the turn out on Monday night.
I wish we could have had more time so I could have chatted with all of you. However, since this is just the beginning, I am certain that the opportunity will present itself.
Just like Fraser said, you can ask me anything about cycling, - anything at anytime - because every one was/is a beginner at one point in time just like I was years ago. The lessons I learn will be shared with you whether you are new on a bike or are in the front group as we motor around the Bridle Path loop.
The money that was raised will give me a real opportunity to put my head down and train like I have never trained before. Everything from the necessary equipment to race fees and travel are now a real possibility for me. Before Monday night, this was not the case. This could have not been a better success.
Thank you to the family and community of Gears, Morning Glory, and especially the Cup Cake girls!!!!!
Over the past Two days I have been in Hamilton motor pacing with my coach. Motor pacing is when you have a motor vehicle, most of the time it’s a scooter, setting a pace with the cyclist drafting behind. Usually if I had more time I would have motor paced twice a week for the past month with the average speed being 5 kph faster then I could hold during the time trial. But because the time has been so tight, the speed at which I did the motor pacing was at my goal speed 49-50kph for 40km.
Please see the following link to my Garmin Data.
Now its time to rest up before Sunday's big race.
My goal is to avg 50 KPH and to win the Provincial Time Trial.
The race info and split times can be found here:
THANK YOU MGCC!!!!!!!!
10 days to go till our big party and everything is coming together nicely.
The MGCC would like to announce the addition of 50/50 Raffle Tickets towards our club fundraiser in support of Derrek Ivey's cycling aspirations.
Pricing comes in at $20 for 1 ticket, $30 for 2, $40 for 3, and $60 for 6.
Raffle tickets went on sale with this morning's Cupcake ride and will continue with every MGCC ride between now and the 15th. Volunteer Cupcake riders will be on hand 15 mins before each ride to sell tickets. Please put an extra twenty (or two or three) in the back of your jersey before you head out on your bike.
The sale of tickets will close 5 mins before the winning ticket is drawn at 9pm on the night of our summer social.
Derrek is down in upper state New York this weekend racing in the Tour of the Catskills.
Check out the video on the home page of the above link. The video shows seasoned amateurs and pros alike struggling up the famous Devil's Kitchen climb. It makes our fabled enemy Mt. Brimley look like a false flat.
For our August 15th gathering, there is still room for silent auction items so please contact the club if you any ideas.
Thank you very much to all for your energy and enthusiasm towards this event.