Distance: 10 miles
Time: 25 minutes 10 seconds
Average speed: 23.841mph
Result: 5th out of 26
Headed off to ride the first Ipswich Cycling Association evening time trial of the season tonight, held on the Combs Tannery circuit out near Stowmaaaarket.
An admission: I rode my fourth ever time trial on this course back on 14 April 2004. I recorded a 30:04, therefore the only time yet in a time trial I've gone under 20mph average. However, technically I did go over 20mph because I'd ridden something like 11 miles because I'd got lost (this is a meandering course, it does a 5 mile loop twice, it only involves two left hand turns).
No getting lost tonight though and, indeed, I'm baffled as to how my 22 year old (!) self managed to mess it up so badly. I seem to recall, back then, I found the course fairly challenging. Didn't have many problems tonight, beyond my usual inability to corner/descend, and have set myself a target: to get under 25 minutes on this challenging course. Lee Bark makes it look easy: he was fastest tonight with a 22:40, 1 second quicker than my all-time PB which was set on a much quicker course! Still, he rides with £700 handlebars! Must make all the difference.
Conditions were pretty good - not much wind and fairly warm given what we've been getting recently. A rather pleasant evening all in all, and topped off in rock and roll style with a pint of coke in the pub afterwards.
You know when you get something that plays on your mind though? My Trek is clicking every time I rotate the right pedal. Something is either loose (though I've checked most of the nuts and bolts) or dirty. Need to thoroughly clean the mechs tomorrow to see if that's the problem, but if not I am at a loss: have had the bike looked at 3 times in the last month or so...