April 24, 2021 - First Outdoor Bike Race of 2021 (or 2020 for that matter!)
Being a triathlete, I'd always focused on multisport races. When COVID hit, I devoted much more training time to my triathlon weakness: biking. If I could average 19mph in the bike discipline (pre-COVID) that was a good day. Over the course of 15 months I've been slowly building bike endurance, power output, and adding speed on a Peloton trainer. Today was my first (ever) cycling race at the local club's Willow Time Trial, and I was excitedly nervous to see what gains I had made. I set process goals for the morning: don't overcook the legs early, maintain proper bike form, and stay in zone 4/threshold. Not knowing my competition very well but knowing I had no control over their races, I did not set an outcome goal. The crisp morning air (30 degrees F) meant starting with an indoor 10min warm up spin at Z1-4 before heading over to the venue. Race time! Over the 6-loop course, I held threshold pace (Z4) with splits of 5:33,5:38, 5:39, 5:39, 5:35, 5:35. I felt good overall and raced smart not to overcook the quads early. My average speed was 23.6mph! Process goals met and progress made (may have even felt and looked like a legit bike racer?).