Thursday, July 7, 2011

Bike Time Trial #3

Bike TT #1: 34:18, average speed 35.2kph (21.88)
Bike TT #2: 34:04, average speed 35.6kph (22.11)Course was little bit longer this time, not by much though.
Bike TT #3: 34:03, average speed 36.1kph (22.56mph). We never start from the same spot therefore the time is not a very precise indicator of my improvement. It is better to look at the average speed.
If my computer is accurate. It might be little off in absolute value but then in relative value to other TTs it should give the same data. I know it cannot be off by much because when I compare my comp data with other people data when we ride together they are pretty close.

Clearly I am improving! It was windy today, windier than last time and much windier than the first time and I went faster. Or maybe my new tires worked their magic:)
But honestly I do not know whether the wind helped or not because I went ~32-33kph into the wind and then ~37-38kph with the wind when usually I can hold more stable speed. So maybe wind made me faster. We do 2 loops so we get the same amount of headwind and tailwind.

I felt horrible for the first 3rd, probably because it was into the wind. Also my warm up for 19 miles at decent clip might have played a role. Yes, it takes me 19miles to get there from work. So I warm up for 19 miles for a 20k bike TT...

After that first third it was not that bad. TT felt much harder the first time I did it. This time, not so much. I should have gone faster the whole time because I had a lot left at the end and I was hammering last 2k really fast. But it was hard going into that wind thus I kind of could not go faster.

It was good though, I really like it.
Then we went to get dinner and I have learnt a lot of new things about bikes, bike shoes, powermeters etc. One guy in the club is able to get a whole-sale prices on Giant and Cannondale tri bikes. I do not have any money to buy one but that's what credit cards are for...He will make few phone calls to see what he can do for me. We will see.


  1. Awesome! Congrats! I love concrete data that shows improvement! :) Question- on your warm up did you do any accelerations to get your HR up? Next time do 3-4 x 2 minutes where you get your HR up to 170+. Then back off and recover and do that again. That starts the lactate buffering process and then when you start racing it won't feel so foreign. You'll get that bad feeling out of the way on the first 2 min interval instead.

  2. Yes, I did 4x1min as you told me to. I think that I felt so bad for the first few minutes because it was straight into headwind.

  3. Nice job on the time trials!! Have a great weekend!