State Time Trial Championship

I almost made it to mid-year before falling behind on my New Year’s Resolution. But, last week was roughly an 18-hour training week for me, I’m going to give myself a bit of a break (and ask that you would too.)

This weekend, I returned to racing for the State Championship Time Trial in Tenino, Washington, which is 2 hours south of Seattle. Kevin and I grabbed some coffee on our way and the barista asked why the race was so far away (I guess people get curious when you are in a coffee shop at 7:15 am on a Sunday.) I told him because they’re no people out there, which means less traffic to upset.

That comment came right back around to bite me. With less than a minute before my race started, a car pulled up and yelled at us all to use a road with bike lanes. Ugh! I told the driver to enjoy his day, but what a dummy! The whole reason we were out there was to avoid people like him. Roads have bike lanes because they are BUSY—not exactly the place you want a few hundred racers going as hard as they can. (Wow. I do a lot of venting here, don’t I? Better than getting in a shouting match, I guess.)

Anyway, TT race reports are pretty boring—I started hard, tried to shove all feeling of intense pain deep down and continued to go as hard as I could until I was done. I was really sore from a 5-hour tempo ride and brick run on Saturday, so I had low expectations on how I would do … or not do.

I’m not sure why I haven’t embraced it wholeheartedly yet, but I am getting pretty good at riding my bike. Coach wanted my time to be as close to 1 hour as I could for the 40K (24.85 miles). My time was a course PR for me, 1:01:31, and fast enough for second place in the cat 3 field. (Approximately 24 mph.)

I know it doesn't look like it, but I really do like TTs.

The State Championship medals are pretty small, but I was so proud to earn that silver medal despite the overbearing blanket of fatigue I’ve been living under for about a month. I’m encouraged by what might be possible when I finally get to crawl out from under it all and pour out everything I have onto the roads and trails of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Unreal that it is only 19 days away!

I also have been testing a TON of stuff lately:

·breakfast – bars vs. real food
· sunscreen options
· tri shorts
· anti-chafing combos
· shoe laces
· socks vs. no socks and sock thickness options
· aero bottles
· tubular wheel changing
· bike computer screen settings

I’m working on making sure I have the best combo of fast and comfy. My trusty bike is at the bike shop right now getting her race tune!!

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6 Responses to State Time Trial Championship

  1. Courtenay says:

    Carly, you ARE good at riding your bike, no matter what you think. Most of the time we are our worst critics. Even though I am a 2 now, hopefully we can race some crits together this summer, since they combined the fields (right?) for some of them!! I was really looking forward to racing with you this summer too, but I would have felt bad had I not upgraded after Enumclaw when I clearly had enough (plus some) points. Good luck in the rest of your training, and I can’t wait to hear about your Ironman!!! I miss your cheering voice (and you of course)!

    • carlsincharge says:

      Thanks Courtenay! I have about 25-26 years of self-esteem issues around sports and athletics to deprogram. I always tried REALLY hard, but would still be last, or last-picked, or first cut from the team. The best I could hope for was ‘most improved.’ I’ve been undergoing a big mental shift for the last year to 18 months. At least I can acknowledge it? I am excited to race with you too! You are clearly a cat 2, and it will be fun to watch you race at the next level. I think I will stick with a few cat-3 only races to get back in the swing of things, but look forward to racing the 1/2s to get stronger/faster. I’ll be back racing on the road in about 1 month!

  2. Yes, you clearly are a really genuinely strong cyclist (not to mention you love it, which is a huge thing in its own right – I am a slow swimmer, but I love it & treasure the fact of that love). Congratulations on the medal!

    Hmmm, I am laughing as I write this – but – if you come up with a genius anti-chafing solution, please share!…

    • carlsincharge says:

      The sheer fact that you do all 4 strokes during your swim workouts lets me know that you love it! I only know how to freestyle and really only learned how 2 years ago.

      Anti-chafing is a big deal! As far as putting together a gameplan for raceday, I plan on wearing the 2XU shorts but making sure all of the seams are covered in Body Glide before the swim. Then, I will not skip on the chamois creme before I run out of T1!!

      Here is a link to my teammate’s blog on all her favorite cycling stuff. You might find it helpful. I did! http://courtenaymcfadden.blogspot.com/2011/05/hoo-haa-ride-glide-and-beyond.html

  3. Rosalyn says:

    um.. holy crap.. YOUR FAST. that’s all I have to say ;). I am glad I didn’t race that, because you would have beaten me for sure! You placed really high in the W pro 1/2 field as well!

    • carlsincharge says:

      Okay, I’m sure that I’m not able to beat you (yet)!! A lot group of the strong riders in our state went to Mt. Hood instead which definitely changed the fields. That, and that course is SUPER fast. It is all headwind or tailwind and man, that tailwind is awesome! Shhh! Don’t tell anyone else though! Good luck at Blue Lake!

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