I was able to have a very solid ride that met my expectations. I looked up my past performances on this course as well as those of some of the guys I usually race with or against. I didn't get my course record of 42:59 on the 20 mile route, but did win the event with a 43:29, which is much improved from my results in 2011. That is also the high mark for the series with team mate Paul Deninger's 43:33 back in May serving as the 2nd fastest time this year. He is in great shape and a very accomplished Time Trialists, so I use his times to evaluate my own performances.
Hopefully I can use this result to motivate me throughout subsequent workouts and races. I feel that I am headed in the right direction to finish off the season with a nice result or two.
I absolutely love group training rides, however I don't always get a chance to participate. Some of the rides in Muscatine don't end up simulating race scenarios due to the small size of our group, so I have to do traveling if I want to gaurantee a high-quality training experience. I would be very interested in participating in weekly criterium training races, but they don't exist in my world, so I try and take advantage of what opportunities I have. My interest in time trialing is almost inadvertant... it is just the way things work out.
|This sort of sums up my racing situation and motivations.|