GA state time trial championships are this weekend...

Fausto

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35km race of truth.For those of you unfamiliar with cycling, a time trial is simply a race against the clock over a set distance. Riders are usually sent off in one-minute intervals with no drafting allowed should you catch another rider, so it's literally a matter of how deep you can dig. They are, in a nutshell, painful. :p

On the line this weekend is a state champion's jersey for the winner of each category (I'm racing Cat 3). I'm not holding my breath for a jersey, but am hoping to improve on the 18th place I got in the other TT I did earlier this year. I've been training as much as possible and am down over 20lbs since spring so here's hoping. :)I'll try to get some pics and results posted this weekend.

Update 8/28

So I just got back and I am utterly wiped out. I have no idea how I'm going to do an 80 mile road race tomorrow without dying somewhere out on the course. :p

At any rate, the TT went pretty well. The course was an out-and-back on the same road 95% of the way so absolutely non-technical and really just a pure horsepower kinda thing. Wind was more or less a non-factor but the hills (which seemed really small at first) came into play in the last half of the race. I started out a bit too fast, but did manage to catch my 30-second man within the first 12 minutes. After settling down a little, I got into a good rythym and caught my minute man right at the turnaround. Once I got back up to speed, I [Emiril] KICKED IT UP A NOTCH![/Emiril] and was actually starting to feel pretty good. I caught my 1:30 man on the way back in and took about a minute off my "out" time.

The only annoyance of the day was that my 30 second guy was fscking drafting me the whole race after I caught him. He'd rest up in my slipstream, then pass me, then blow up within a mile, I'd pass him back and he'd go right back behind me (this is totally illegal in time trialing). I and another rider (the guy who started behind me saw the whole thing) lodged a protest at the end of the race as this is just total BS. I mean, I took 30 seconds out of the guy in 12 minutes and then suddenly I can't get rid of him?

At any rate, I'm pleased. Catching three riders and finishing with an average speed right at 26mph ain't too shabby in my book. :)

<brHere's my heartrate data for the day.

Update 2:

The results were posted today at the road race; I finished 12th out of a little over 30 riders. :D
 

Mookow

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Hmmmmmm.... a thong wearing man that likes pain. Bah, making a joke here would be as easy as "hunting" penned dairy cows with a machine gun, and so I must decline.

BTW, what is Cat 3?
 

Ameesh

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go kick some butt! good luck and beat down those other pansy riders! wo0t fausto w00t!
 

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Originally posted by: Mookow
Hmmmmmm.... a thong wearing man that likes pain. Bah, making a joke here would be as easy as "hunting" penned dairy cows with a machine gun, and so I must decline.
I appreciate that. I need to conserve energy for this weekend so I've doused the pilot light on my n00bFlame2000-Z® for the time being. :p

BTW, what is Cat 3?
Shorthand for Category 3. When you first get your license, you're a Cat5. By finishing in the top 6 of races, you earn points toward your upgrade. When you have enough, you can ask your local USA Cycling rep to move you up. It becomes exponentially harder to upgrade as you go since it requires more points each time and the competition is much harder since they've earned their stripes as well. I'm hoping to make to Cat2 sometime next year so I can race with the big boys (they usually lump Pros, 1's, and 2's together in races).
 

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Originally posted by: Fausto
BTW, what is Cat 3?
Shorthand for Category 3. When you first get your license, you're a Cat5. By finishing in the top 6 of races, you earn points toward your upgrade. When you have enough, you can ask your local USA Cycling rep to move you up. It becomes exponentially harder to upgrade as you go since it requires more points each time and the competition is much harder since they've earned their stripes as well. I'm hoping to make to Cat2 sometime next year so I can race with the big boys (they usually lump Pros, 1's, and 2's together in races).

Tell them you want to be a Cat6 for better transmission. Unless the guy is a techie, he'll think you're insane. Which would be correct. :p
 

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Originally posted by: Mookow
Originally posted by: Fausto
BTW, what is Cat 3?
Shorthand for Category 3. When you first get your license, you're a Cat5. By finishing in the top 6 of races, you earn points toward your upgrade. When you have enough, you can ask your local USA Cycling rep to move you up. It becomes exponentially harder to upgrade as you go since it requires more points each time and the competition is much harder since they've earned their stripes as well. I'm hoping to make to Cat2 sometime next year so I can race with the big boys (they usually lump Pros, 1's, and 2's together in races).

Tell them you want to be a Cat6 for better transmission. Unless the guy is a techie, he'll think you're insane. Which would be correct. :p
Trust me, you have to be crazy to do time trials. They're about as much fun as being hit repeatedly in the crotch with a cricket bat wielded by Barry Bonds. :p
 

Mookow

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Originally posted by: Fausto
Originally posted by: Mookow
Tell them you want to be a Cat6 for better transmission. Unless the guy is a techie, he'll think you're insane. Which would be correct. :p
Trust me, you have to be crazy to do time trials. They're about as much fun as being hit repeatedly in the crotch with a cricket bat wielded by Barry Bonds. :p

So.... how much extra did it cost to get Barry to use a cricket bat?
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: Mookow
Originally posted by: Fausto
Originally posted by: Mookow
Tell them you want to be a Cat6 for better transmission. Unless the guy is a techie, he'll think you're insane. Which would be correct. :p
Trust me, you have to be crazy to do time trials. They're about as much fun as being hit repeatedly in the crotch with a cricket bat wielded by Barry Bonds. :p

So.... how much extra did it cost to get Barry to use a cricket bat?
One Bentley....plus an extra $15,000 to get him to take the arm shield off. :p
 

blackdogdeek

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good luck :beer::D

ps - make sure you shave because thongs don't do much for aerodynamics...or so i've heard :p
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: blackdogdeek
good luck :beer::D

ps - make sure you shave because thongs don't do much for aerodynamics...or so i've heard :p
I'm busting out the MachIII tonight, trust me. Legs, arms and noggin are all getting the business. :D
 

blackdogdeek

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Originally posted by: Fausto
Originally posted by: blackdogdeek
good luck :beer::D

ps - make sure you shave because thongs don't do much for aerodynamics...or so i've heard :p
I'm busting out the MachIII tonight, trust me. Legs, arms and noggin are all getting the business. :D

:camera:!
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: blackdogdeek
Originally posted by: Fausto
Originally posted by: blackdogdeek
good luck :beer::D

ps - make sure you shave because thongs don't do much for aerodynamics...or so i've heard :p
I'm busting out the MachIII tonight, trust me. Legs, arms and noggin are all getting the business. :D

:camera:!
Careful what you wish for. :p
 

KK

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Good luck, maybe no one will show up except you and then you can have a peaceful relaxing trip. :)

KK
 

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Originally posted by: KK
Good luck, maybe no one will show up except you and then you can have a peaceful relaxing trip. :)

KK
Doubtful. People really come out of the woodwork for the state champ. events.
 

Fausto

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Originally posted by: HomeBrewerDude
Good luck Fausto :beer:


btw, how long do you think it will take you?
Hmm....35km is about 22 miles, so probably either side of 50 minutes depending on my average speed. It's been a while since I've done a TT this long so I don't know what kind of average I'll be able to maintain. It's pretty flat, so 25mph isn't totally unreasonable.

I averaged 22.1 in my last TT and it was very hilly so I should be a few mph faster this time. I'll be the winning pro time will be close to 30mph. :Q
 

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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
Seeing Fausto in a Thong :shocked:

Glad I'm no longer in Georgia.


Seriously, Good Luck :beer: :cool: :thumbsup:
Actually, I'll have on a skinsuit....which is almost as bad. :p
 
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Originally posted by: Fausto
Originally posted by: dmcowen674
Seeing Fausto in a Thong :shocked:

Glad I'm no longer in Georgia.


Seriously, Good Luck :beer: :cool: :thumbsup:
Actually, I'll have on a skinsuit....which is almost as bad. :p

get some of those new butt pants! :D