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!!!
8/24/2011 08:34:02 am
Thanks for sharing the pre race prep info - well done!
8/24/2011 08:53:11 am
Derek - thanks for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
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