The feeling was only reinforced when I got on the trainer for my warm up. The legs felt super tight and my head wasn't in the game. I slowly went through the 45 min. warm up and tried my best to tell myself that I was fine and was going to do well. Being the the first TT of the year I was hoping to turn a 1 hour 8 min. ride or less. This would be about what I was doing this time last year.
The course is slight uphill on the way out for the first 12.4 miles. It didn't help that there a headwind either. The whole way I felt miserable and swore to myself that I would never do another TT again (this happens every TT and I still keep going back). For the first leg I turned a 37 minute 20K.
The return trip, however, was blazing fast. The headwind became a tailwind and this course turned downhill so I floored it the whole way home. It felt great flying back hitting and holding 25-30mph+. By the time the finish line hit I was done, I had left everything out on that road and timed my glorious meltdown just right - one more kilometer I and would have collapsed in a heap of useless bone and muscle.
Considering how I was feeling you can imagine the surprise on my face when I looked down at my computer and saw 1 hour 3 minutes and 40 seconds - 9 seconds faster than my previous PR! Although I finished 5 out of 10 in my cat. I was still elated by the performance I was able to put down this early in the year. By the last TT of the year I just may be able to crack the hour barrier that has proved so elusive to my palmares.
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