It's been dumping rain here since ~11AM but in good news we were all done by then. Surprisingly the roads were mostly dry and as far as I know everyone stayed upright!
Speaking of staying upright, that was my #1 goal this morning. Last night I was thinking about my goals for this race:
#1. Stay upright.
#2. Get 30' CPT (power)
Yesterday my stomach was turning with the forecast that said it was going to be howling winds with rain today. When I pressed myself further on why that was, I figured it out... Really it was because my plan had been to race on my race bike (instead of my training/rain bike) but the thought of riding that perfect pretty white bike in the rain just was making me sick so once I decided to just ride my black bike it was all good. :) And then I know I don't push quite as hard when the roads are wet so that was bumming me out too b/c goal #2 was to really test to see how many watts I could push and I was thinking dry roads would be better for that. And goal #3, well, that's pretty much out of my control. That's why it was #3 instead of #1. :)
That's not a smile it's a grimace.
So in good news this morning we had dry roads for warm up and then only one section of rain during the TT... that lasted maybe 5-10'? Must have been an isolated shower because we rode right through it and then it was all dry again. I felt good warming up and during the TT... was watching power and pushing and grunting and everything and at the end I was pleasantly surprised at my avg power. So that was cool! Of course then when I looked at how long it took me to ride the course (32:30) I knew for sure that wasn't going to be enough to win it. 90" slower than last year which was just weird and I have not reconciled that with myself yet. I felt stronger this year and felt like I was riding better and did not feel like I was dying at the end (indeed my power in the last 3' was as high as it was in the first 3') so I don't know. I'd like to blame that on my heavy Powertap wheel but maybe that's a cop-out excuse and I hate excuses so I'll just live with the fact that there is always someone who is faster. And I am thankful there is because how boring would it be if there was no one to chase??