Thursday, April 3, 2008
Redlands Cycling Classic- Prologue
12:57.30 was my start time today, so I rolled out to the course at around 11 to make sure I had enough time to warm up and get my bike through the UCI inspections. I got a pretty good warm up in, but I still got smashed. The plan was to hold back as much as possible through the first half of the TT, and try to save it for the climb up to the finish. I did a good job watching my SRM and holding back, but I think I left a
bit too much in the tank, but hey you learn something every time. I set new power records for that amount of time, but obviously there are some strong dudes here. Once again, I think some aero gear would have been helpful, but it wasn't the difference between my time and a good time. This TT was the thing I was most scared of out here, and it's over with now, so I can focus on riding a smart race tomorrow and seeing what that does for me.
After the TT, I spun around with Jackson and the BMC boys. It was nice to actually get to chat it up with Jackson in person for once, instead of on the phone or email. I was a little out of my element, so wasn't being very outgoing, but Scott Nydam introduced himself and was actually a really nice dude.
We set up our camp in the parking lot with the rest of the teams. Rock Racing's Rolls Royce had nothing on our Toyota Matrix. I'm not going to lie, I was a little star-struck racing with some of these guys, but I'm over it and ready to throw down tomorrow. I still think I have good legs, even if the TT today didn't show it. Thanks to all of you who have been supportive, it helps. I'll try my best to represent well tomorrow!
Sorry this post is a little jumbled, my head is kind of all over the place...