As I have mentioned several times in previous posts, I never look forward to the individual TT. I think if I actually trained in an aero position or bought some aero equipment, it might not seem as hard. I give credit to those who can drill it and overcome the self-punishment of a TT. I still do not know exactly how to pace myself, and I sure don't have the big muscles to push a big gear.
Today's course was 12-miles, with the first half a gradual climb followed by a descent to the finish. I have the say that the descent felt harder than the climb. I borrowed a set of clip-on aero bars to help give me every advantage possible. I don't know how many seconds they saved me, but it made me feel like I was riding faster. I always know how I am doing by how many riders pass me. This time I was passed by 2 riders on the climb (both of which finished in the Top 5). I was able to hang with them on the rest of the climb, but as soon as we descended, they were gone.
I finished with a time of 28:02 and succumbed over 2.5 minutes to the winner. I also dropped a little In the overall GC. I now sit at 2:34 behind, so with the Crit and Awbrey Butte circuit race, it looks like the circuit race will be my only chance to make up time. Pulling off a stage win would be nice.
Remember to check back for some action-packed video form the Crit tonight.