St Ives CC TT, 1 May 2019
I rode down in summer TT kit then it started to rain. By the time I’d got my number my bike was soaked. I refrained from warming up for too long as to not completely freeze. I started hard but not too hard and did the sort of power I felt I could hold. I had to stop for the first 2 roundabouts which was annoying as I had to sprint back up to pace after which cost me energy. The rain really didn't help either as I had to be careful on corners - I didn’t want to risk a whole TT season for a few seconds. I tried to keep my pace and got sub 25 which for early season in the rain is good enough for me.
The first club TT of the season, and when I left work it was sunny with light winds, so seemed like a good night to lay down a fast time to start the season off. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse, and by the time I arrived at HQ it had been raining for 30 minutes or so, meaning a very wet and cold night, with a stronger wind than expected as well. After a chilly ‘warm up’ I headed out to the start. The N1/10 course hasn’t been used by the club for several years, and the last time I rode it was two years ago, so my memory of it wasn’t perfect. I was held up on first two roundabouts due to being cautious in the wet weather, but was able to ride most of the course at a power close to target - not bad considering the cold conditions. My time was somewhat slower than I had been hoping for (but was still 1:40 quicker than two years ago!) - hopefully I can improve on this over future weeks.