Apart from a some mountain bike racing, bike racing it not something I’ve done much of. In fact, this morning’s time trial will be my very first race not held in the dirt.
I thought I’d be nervous, but I’m really not at all. I am, however, extremely excited. I love this feeling, it reminds me of how I used to feel before swim meets when I competed back in the 80s. It’s a mix of excitement, adrenaline and anticipation. Hopefully I’ll ride fast. 🙂
The various waves of racers start rolling out at 9:00 AM, and the weather is looking good: 47° and winds out of the north at 11 MPH. 47° is, perhaps, too cold for some, but I perform better when it’s cool outside so no complaints here.
I’m doing the 40k (25 miles), and that course is a 20k/12.5 mile out-and-back. We’ll be heading due south for the first leg, which means we’ll each be fighting a pretty stiff 11+ MPH headwind the entire return trip north (no drafting in TT races–it’s just you, your bike and the clock).
I spent yesterday morning tearing my Plasma TT bike down the frame, and converting it to race configuration:
My TT bike race configuration involves the following changes:
I don’t carry emergency repair equipment (if I flat I’m done anyway, and will be SAG’d in), so the under saddle bag is removed; no rear flasher; one water bottle cage is removed; Zipp 404s replace the heavy and non-aero training wheels; training tires are replaced with racing tires; combo Garmin/camera mount is removed and replaced with a Garmin mount (camera is not used). That’s pretty much it.
After I got the bike ready, I took her on a short test ride:
The bike rode, shifted and braked beautifully. The Plasma is an awesome machine, and it’s good heading into a race with total confidence in my equipment.
Full report tomorrow. This is gonna hurt! 🙂