Saturday evening was my first TT since trashing my leg more than 5 weeks ago. I’ve still got some bruising and stuff but it’s nearly all gone, most noticeable though is the quads appear slightly smaller on the right now than on the left, so some one-legged intervals or something in order perhaps.. I was quite interested to see how I’d get on having had essentially just a week of training after the layoff.. While riding I didn’t think I was going well, I couldn’t get comfortable on the bike, everything felt ‘wrong’ despite not having touched the setup – so just lack of familiarity with the position I suppose.. and conditions were horrible… wet with lots of standing water and patches of thick mud but despite all that I surprised myself by managing to equal my time for the last time I rode this course (s6/10) just before collecting that injury.. which also happened to be a personal best for the course and good enough for a win on that occasion. Of course everyone else has the benefit of an extra 5 weeks of racing and is hitting some really good form now so on Saturday night it was just good enough for a 5th place overall.Really encouraging though :-) Event winner, Sandy, was in a class of his own on Saturday evening.. an absolute class act who has collected the Cornwall Cup every season for the past 4 seasons. He was off a minute behind me and I nearly fell off my saddle in shock as he came steaming past with a couple of miles to go.. :-) The results sheet was interesting.. Sandy miles out ahead on his own, then Martyn – another Cyclelogic rider and class act 20 secs behind him… and then myself and a few others all within 5 seconds of each other but more than a minute off Sandy’s pace… Just a brilliant, brilliant ride from Sandy and Martyn, plus of course everyone else who endured the conditions. The event was promoted by the Dales RT and went off really well with a terrific spread afterwards so thanks to them for providing the opportunity for some quality lung-bursting fun on a rainy evening :-)
Next weekend I’m riding the One & All CC 50 mile TT. I’ve ridden 50’s before but never on a fixed gear so it’s going to be interesting, I’m looking forward to it. The course is not flat, have ridden fixed gear 25s on it and it’s quite a hurty climb to the turn, especially if windy – the course is very exposed… so hoping for light winds and sunshine :-) Because a fixed gear 50 is something of unknown quantity for me I haven’t got any baseline to work from with respect to choosing a gear.. so unless it’s horribly windy I’ll just leave the 55×14 I have on now… and if it is horribly windy… I’ll probably be too lazy to change it anyway. Will be disappointed if I can’t get under 2hrs.
Anyway, here’s a picture to brighten up what is otherwise a very dull post that has no real purpose other than to fill in 10 minutes of my time on a very grey and rainy morning.. friend and Cyclelogic team-mate riding the PZW sporting 19 on Thursday evening. I trundled along on my touring bike to show some support.. and eat cake after of course.