Okay, it has been about a month since the second TT. If you remember, I did PR the first one with a 30:21 @ 23.33 MPH (for 11.85 miles). I was also the first person about 30 minutes and the first person beaten by Donna (fast girl from the coast).
This time I arrived at the starting line on time. We would line up in reverse order from our previous time (slowest to fastest). As we were lining up I knew Donna would be right behind me. I also knew that she was 26 seconds faster than me from the previous TT. We stagger the start every 30 seconds. I knew that she would be on my tail.
I had a strategy. I was going to use the Virtual Racer on my Garmin watch. I have used the Virtual Partner (I call it my Virtual Nemeses) many times in running racers. The Virtual Partner will run even splits. This is great on a flat course but he will not slow down up hills. It is simply an even pace. However, since I had PR’d the TT and recorded the event with my Garmin I was able to load the event as a course. I could now race against myself! It will be in ‘real time’ and not just an even split.
I started out on the ride at a measured pace. Quickly the nemesis got the jump on me. What? I struggle to even keep pace. But I remained calm and waited for my legs to come back. It was a hard effort but I was maintaining my previous speed. I had done some quick math and I ‘needed’ to gain 20+ seconds from the previous ride. I rounded up to 24 seconds (2 seconds a mile). At the turn around I was not even close. I was maybe a second or 2 faster – still a PR but not where I wanted to be.
On that back section I pushed hard and just on the edge. I started to gain some time. The only numbers displayed on my Garmin was the amount of time ahead (or behind). I was not looking at speed or heart rate or anything. The seconds ahead started to slowly increase.
When I crossed the line I had given everything and I knew that I have achieved victory. I had been chasing the sub-30 TT for a couple of years. The bike set up was exactly the same. In fact, all equipment was exactly the same. This meant that I was truly faster than previous attempts (or at least I paced better).
I finished this TT with a new PR with a 29:46 @23.78 MPH. Donna still beat me (she was 17 seconds faster).
So, for year to year results, I cut down my TT time from 30:32 to 29:46 (46 seconds and 0.6 MPH faster).
Second TT results can be found here.