I watched this event last year so knew it was really well organised and as part of the Midlands Women’s Time Trial series would give me the chance to gain some extra points after missing a few races.
But a TT on a road bike. Jeez. Can’t say it’s one of my strengths!? Then the start list came through and I saw the prize money, £200 for the winner!!!! I thought I’d better try and borrow some fast wheels or legs. Both proved a challenge so I opted for some conti GP 5000 tyres instead.
I then spent an hour studying George Fox 🦊 photos for how to ride a road bike fast tips. Followed by an hour ride trying to get all aero, I even took my bottle cages off….. Then I got an invite to a party the night before so I thought sod it, it’s only a bit of fun, why not drink too much red wine and get 5hrs sleep. Perfect 🍷🍷
Well it was horrific. Never have I put in so much effort on a bike for so little speed in my whole life. Hahah. I almost vomited at the end and had to do a full 30min cool down to feel ‘normal’ again. (In case you are wondering, yes my chest hurts. But not when I’m racing just afterwards. It’s rather ‘unpleasant’ but completely safe)
I was completely clueless to how my time compared so was delighted to get back to HQ and see id finished 3rd lady and 1st for the Midlands Woman’s TT series. (I know it wasn’t your day G but next time champ 🤜🏻🤛🏻)
What will stick with me most though is the chats I had with some of the ladies afterwards. I always come away from these events feeling really inspired but I was genuinely blown away by some of the complimentary comments about my riding this year, asking about my training, telling me to give up running and focus on TTing!
I’ve never, ever thought of myself as a bike racer but this year my confidence has grown massively thanks to Dan’s coaching. All I’ve ever wanted to do is be the best version of me I can be and I’m more motivated than ever to finish the year on a high.
Now get me back on a TT bike asap..