>I was back into ‘racing’ action this weekend.
Yesterday was the East Sussex Cycling Association (ESCA) 10m TT on the G10/83 using the A22 South out of East Hoathly. It’s a nice course with the last mile being the hardest. It was a good, still day. I did a 26:34 which was disappointing. It reflects how much work I still have to do to get back to the level of fitness I had in mid-February.
Race stats: Time: 26:34 (22.58mph). First 5 miles: 12:28, last 5 miles: 14:06. Top speed: 30.1mph. Slowest mile (10): 3:02 (19.78mph), fastest mile (2): 2:23 (25.17mph). Average HR: 162bpm, maximum HR: 167bpm. Average cadence: ?rpm. 50th of 64 finishers. Winner: Peter tadros (In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp) 20:43
Today was another ESCA event – a ’25’ on the G25/89 which starts near Maresfield and takes the A22 South to turn at the same roundabout as yesterday’s ’10’. It’s a good, fair course with a slight gift start. It was chilly early on (gloves and knee warmer weather).
Having embarrassed myself yesterday I tried to bend the odds today – skinsuit instead of road jersey and racing wheels rather than training hoops. That, and a decent night’s sleep, seemed to help. I was faster all round and covered the ’10’ course section in 26:25. I ended up with a 1:6:02. Still slow, but higher up the placings.
Race stats: Time: 1:6:02 (22.72mph). First 12.5 miles: 32:33, last 5 miles: 33:29. Top speed: 29.6mph. Slowest mile (5): 3:08 (19.15mph), fastest mile (1): 2:16 (26.47mph). Average HR: 155bpm, maximum HR: 165bpm. Average cadence: ?rpm. 43rd of 64 finishers. Winner: Peter tadros (In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp) 52:08
Not a great début for my new team, In Gear Quickvit Trainsharp
, but it was good to meet up with team mates and talk about the local racing scene.
I’m not racing over Easter so I’ll try and fit a couple of mid-week, evening club events in over the next couple of weeks.