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Colin Wins the Tempus Fugit Time Trial (3/4) with 4th Fastest Overall Time of Day!

posted Mar 26, 2018, 6:05 PM by Simon Tuttle   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 7:57 AM ]

With 4th Fastest Overall Time of Day, Colin gets Goobyduck's first ever win. Congrats, Colin! Here's a recap from Colin himself:

"March 25, 2018

RKO Tempus Fugit ITT (Spring)
    Today is my first race since 2014 under USAC and representing my new team the Goobyducks. I was nervous the day leading up, as my legs did not feel as fresh as I had hoped. They seemed to fatigue easily during the openers the day prior. Since 2014, I have only participated in time trials that were 100 miles, 6 hours, or 12 hours long, so power output and demands for those events were much much different. Today’s race is 11 miles long with rolling and winding terrain. Uphill on the outbound, and of course, downhill on the return.
    I arrive at the race with ample time before race start to make sure I am not rushed.I take my time pinning my numbers ensuring all edges of the bib number were flush with my GoobySuit. I mount my bicycle to the trainer, and the positioning feels spot on during the warm up. I can tell I’ll be comfortable on the bicycle, and from my experience with my longer TT’s, I know that comfort equals speed.
    I head to the start line and exchange a few words with the rider ahead of me. I wish him good luck on his race. He says, “I hope I don’t see you,” in a joking manner. In my head, I try to remain confident and non-verbally reply, “I’ll see you soon.” In reality, I do not know where I stand amongst the Elite 3’s/4’s, and hope I still have some decent time trialing prowess. He sets off, and I am next in the start gate.
The temperature is cool to cold, somewhere in the low 50’s, perfect for the effort to come. As the clock counts down from 10 to go, I do my usual pre-start pump up marked by swift hyperventilating breaths. “5-4-3-2-1-Go!” I set off, easing into the start. I tell myself “not too hard, not too hard, easy, easy.” I aim to feel the first 5 minutes of the race with nearly no effort at all. I know the effort will find me as I go. I feel slow to start, but I do not race with data, so have no clue as to my power or me “old school.”
I make sure not to over-gear any of the climbs to avoid going into the red for any prolonged period. I keep the cadence even, trying to reduce variability as much as possible. About 4 miles into the race, I catch my minute-man. I am inspired. I tell myself, “I might be able to win this thing.” I press on. I make sure to stay aerodynamic as possible, staying in the aero bars throughout, head down, looking up intermittently to navigate turns and obstacles. I use my gears to my advantage, and I’m glad I switched to compact gearing, as I was able to remain in the large chainring over the majority of the course. I’m positive I would have had to do significantly more front chainring shifting with a standard set up. #MarginalGains
En route I make some errors that cost me some time. A flag marking the turn around prompted me to turn back. However, it seemed misplaced. I slowed and considered turning around at that point, but proceeded down course and found the true turnaround. Whoops. I head for home. The gentle curves on the outbound leg are now a series of sharp serpentine curves in rapid succession like a rollercoaster. I see the “1 mile” marker, and stay even tempo’d until i see the 1Km sign. There wasn’t one. The finish line comes up quicker than expected. I finish the race feeling like I could have pushed harder.
The result was 1st of 7 in the Category 3’s/4’s race with a time of 25:44.5s. A personal record for me, and a 42 second improvement on my time from 2014. I post the 4th fastest time of the day. It seems I can still time trial. "