Sunday, March 26, 2006

First spring cycling time trial

I completed Leg 2 of the Simply Stu Worldwide Triathlon: a 15-mile cycling time trial. Ouch. It wasn't great conditions, at 41*F with wind gusts up to 16 mph. However, I was working too hard to feel very cold, even though I had forgotten my earwarmer. I did a loop course (out 7.5 miles, back 7.5 miles, plus a little extra to get out on the open road and warm up/down) to even out the wind effect.

17.5 mph average in 51:18 for 15.0 miles was the best I could do today. Maximum speed was 23.4 mph on the flat.

I hope I can improve on that pace before my first triathlon of the year, which is coming up in eight weeks! The good news is that I was able to stay down in my aerobars for the entire 15 miles, though I did indulge in one or two quick stretches for backache prevention.

I'm still not positive that I'll finish it up with a 5K run - if I do it today, it will be late this afternoon. If not, maybe tomorrow!



Update: Um, yeah, I'll run that 5K (and then some) tomorrow. It's cold and gray now and it's after 6PM. Tomorrow, however, is forecast to be SUNNY and up to 58*F. That's sounding much more springlike and motivating!

4 comments:

Shelley said...

Nancy!! Sounds like you are making great strides with your cycling and everything..way to go!!

Shelley said...

Nancy!! Sounds like you are making great strides with your cycling and everything..way to go!!

Susan said...

You are doing great Nancy! Eight weeks? How exciting.

Rainbow said...

That is a great averabe mph. I was at 16 yesterday. If the conditions were rough, then the next time you can apply that same work consistancy and be faster.

keep going!