Saturday, 17 July 2010

Onslow Tarbabies Individual Time Trial (ITT)

 

Like the recent OTB Criterium, Mossy again worked his magic and ably assisted by Digger organised a time-trial for our members. Even for those, like me who aren’t quite fast enough to “race” but like to pretend all the same. :).

 

Whilst great claims can be made about rain-proof courses it is the middle of winter in Wellington right now and I must admit that I had my doubts about the allegedly non-rain affected course.

Event takes place even if wet. The course is not exposed and not affected by rain.
Ride Data:
Distance: 17.6km 821 Calories
Time:

32m 25s

32.6 km/h

39.5 km/h MAX

Heart-rate: Avg: 94% of MAX Max: 98% of MAX
Cadence: Avg: 96 rpm Max: 111 rpm
Ride Data: Garmin Connect / RideWithGPS
Location: Wellington, NZ 17 July 2010

… If only Mossy could organise the weather as well as the races?

 

This was the first tine I had ever ridden in a time-trial and at 18km it was contrast of extremes both in the weather, as well a the riding from my last event, the Grand Tour: Highland Double Century under the Californian sun.

 

The course was three laps of a 6km circuit. The first-half was more-or-less flat with a southerly tail-wind, whilst the second-half lap had a few minor bumps to accompany the return head-wind.

 

My laps got progressively slower, with recorded lap times of 10m29s; 10m51s and 11m05s.

 

Lap three began with Scott charging past me as if I was at home sitting on a stationery trainer. Perhaps he had thought it was a handicap race? Whether it was time-trial or handicap he certainly left us all in his wake (both figuratively and physically) on this amphibious day.  I could feel my legs as the final lap progressed, and the rain in my eyes after removing my completely fogged sunglasses certainly didn’t during this, my final and slowest lap. Unfortunately toward the end of this lap John F, and John H both passed me to convincingly destroy me against the clock having started 2 and 3 minutes behind me respectively.

 

Heart-rate Zones:
Zone 1: 0 min
Zone 2: 0 min
Zone 3: 0 min
Zone 4: 1 min
Zone 5: 30 min

Riding the short time-trial was at a vastly higher level of intensity than I usually ride with in the long endurance rides I typically participate in. Hopefully this will help me increase my capacity to ride harder during the pending spring endurance rides. Aside from the first few pedal strokes, I was riding with both high cadence, and heart-rate with the ticker running in “Zone 5” the entire time – great workout!

 

I recorded a time of 32m25s today for an average speed of 32.5km/hr. ‘twas atrocious weather, but as always I would have liked to have been a little quicker. To achieve that I'm going to have to add a lot more intensity to my training. Hopefully we’ll have another ITT soon so I have an opportunity to seek improvement.

 

 

Date 17th July 2010
Weather Steady rain, light southerly,
Temp approx 10deg C
Route Liverton Road, Upper Hutt
Name Start Lap 1 Lap 2 Finish Net Time

Kara

15:13

15.23.28

15:34.33

15:45.37

32:37

Jackie

15:14

15:24.32

15:35.34

15:46.33

32:33

Craig

15:15

15:25.29

15:36.20

15:47.25

32:25

Mike

15:16

15:26.35

15:37.13

15:47.52

31:52

Chris

15:20

15:30.08

15:40.34

15:51.02

31:02

John H.

15:17

15:26.45

15:36.48

15:46.45

29:45

John F.

15:18

15:27.34

15:37.30

15:47.23

29:23

Tim

15:21

15:29.51

15:39.13

15:48.24

27:24

Scott

15:19

15:27.48

15:36.46

15:45.47

26:47