1st TT of the season saw headwinds for the return trip in the mid to upper teens. Times were a bit low as a result but everyone seemed satisfied with their efforts. Many of the local big motors were present with Luke taking the top spot. Martin passed John and I and was looking very strong.
I started in my little/big combo, right foot clipped and worked my way quickly up to the big ring. Once I reached cruising speed I paused and clipped my left foot in. Not sure if this is a good technique but it felt smooth and I rationalized it would be easier to carry speed vs pausing under acceleration to try and clip in.
Speeds going out were 28 – 30 and was struggling to hold 18 – 19 after the turnaround. I lose at least a mph going back in the saddle, I have to stay way on the tip of the saddle, over the pedals and keep my cadence up and a bit punchy to keep the power and speed flowing.
I remember thinking on the way back it would never end and the guy in the green pickup passing really close (as I hugged the white line) and scaring the crap out of me. I looked around after he passed and no one was around us, must of been something wrong with the left lane. Classy.
Thanks to the volunteers for their much appreciated work !