My husband, Rob, and I participated in the Florida State Time Trial Championship on Saturday, May 31st. It was a 40k (25 mile) course out by 20 mile bend (4 miles west of Lion Country Safari) in West Palm Beach. We certainly didn't set any land speed records. I was the slowest of the CAT 4 girls, and Rob was the slowest of the CAT 5 guys. The family that rides slow together, stays together? We were bonding on wheels?
Everyone else in my category had time trial bikes. Can someone help us rob a bank so we can go buy some time trial bikes!?! And we want those fancy pointy time trial helmets too. There were junior bikers, 14-16 years old, that had pointy hats and tt bikes. Hey, we were ambassadors for the couch potato crowd - REPRESENT!!!!
The first 11-12 miles were great, I was keeping it at 21-23 MPH. But then we turned into the wind and the last 13-14 miles were directly into a 15+ MPH head wind. I think I crawled over the finish line at around 11 MPH, I didn't know it was possible to go that slow on a road bike.
Rob's speed: 1:24:15
Lynn's speed: 1:26:50
My start time was 10:56, Rob's was 11:08. TOO STINKING HOT!!!! Well, we may be slow, but at least we were out there doing it.
Here's a few pictures Rob took at the event. That's me in the light blue jersey, and the striped shorts. I'm the only one with a regular road bike and helmet.
BELOW: "Parking lot" on the side of the road.
BELOW: In line, last of the CAT 4 women racers.
BELOW: Forcing a smile, but really thinking "Am I crazy, I could be home sleeping!"
BELOW: Trying not to look totally terrified.
BELOW: First time trying the "real" racers start. Clipped in to my pedals, race official barely holding onto the back of my seat. As the other official counts down to zero, he lets go of the seat and away I go!
BELOW: The lone biker - "Are we there yet?"