I traveled to Franklin county for just my 3rd time trial ever. I was kind of nervous because my training has been inconsistent so I had no idea how it would go. I made a huge rookie error in trying to upgrade my bike the day before the event. Unfortunately It was an epic failure. My tires didn’t seed properly on the bead and because I waited too late, we couldn’t fix them. So the bike vibrated worse than the Mercedes W13 f1 car. Changing the rear cluster failed so, I had to avoid the 2 biggest gears, so the bike became a 7 speed. The brakes were not aligned correctly with the new rims I put on it, so I had essentially no brakes. They were vibrating as well when used. I knew however that I had good form and as I have done many times over the years, I knew I had to adapt and make the most out of a not perfect situation.
So, I rode as hard as I could, vibration and all. First 5 miles I was holding almost a 27 mph average and surprisingly I passed 4 people. I barely missed a rider in front of me when he took a turn too fast and went onto the grass, I was amazed he didn’t crash. I finally got passed by the guy who started behind me and surprisingly for about 3 miles he was not pulling away from me that much, despite riding a high end time trial bike. I started to fade when I got to mile 7 and the course was becoming hillier. I made sure to make myself ride in the saddle and avoid standing up. As I saw the finish line ahead I sprinted the best I could and came across the line with a 22.8 mph average. The exact average I got at the 443 tee tee time trial in August. So, I was pretty happy with it considering the bike was really hard to ride. At the podium ceremony I didn’t think in a million years that I would get a medal since my age group 25-29 usually is pretty cutthroat. To my surprise I was the only one in the category and I was shocked. I haven’t been on a podium in any sport since my running season in 2017. I had a respectable 22nd place finish overall out of 55 racers. This year has been really hard physically and I have continued to grind, claw, and rethink my way to better fitness. Slowly I am getting there. Overall the course was amazing and I can’t wait to come back next year. Hopefully without messing my bike up but it was a learning experience nevertheless.