Well it’s been another busy month of racing, getting back into the Time Trials. A little less of the running after the Ironman, but a couple of good sessions back in the pool as well as a couple of Personal Best’s in Time Trials.
This month’s focus was to be on my time in the TT’s.
I’ve done a total of around 1200 miles this month which has consisted of riding Time Trials, commuting/leisure riding and Turbo sessions with two sessions in the pool and two 5 mile runs.
Cycling – broken down this is as follows….
240 miles – Time Trials
864 miles – Commuting / Leisure
76 miles – Turbo Training
I travelled to Andover on the 3rd of July to ride a ‘fast 10’. The course P613 is known as one of the quickest. The 10 mile TT started at the top of a hill and exited onto the busy A303 passing Thruxton airport. The turn was at 6 miles which consisted of coming off the slip road turning right at the roundabout over the A303 and then turning right again back onto the dual carriageway for the finish line. This meant that the way back was easier over the last 4 miles, or so I thought. It was into a head wind and quite undulating to say the least. I managed at time of 21.02 with an average of 28.8mph. This took 42 seconds of my PB of 21.44 set on my local Crawley Wheelers Club 10 course G10/57.
Several specific Turbo sessions once a week over July seemed to be working with long 21’s each Thursday night on the club course.
At the end of the month the length of the Ironman seemed to pay off with another PB riding the SCCU (Southern Counties Cycling Union) 100 mile time trial. I clocked in at 4.17.47 which translates to 23.4 mph and beating last’s year’s time by a mere 17 seconds only 0.1 mph faster!