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Re: First TT [nickwhite] [ In reply to ]
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If you make it to the half way point and aren't sure you'll be alive at the finish line, you're doing it right.

It's interesting how much different my perception is. If I pace evenly I'll feel pretty good at the half way point. The "unpleasantness" ramps up steadily after that though.
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Re: First TT [rruff] [ In reply to ]
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rruff wrote:
nickwhite wrote:
If you make it to the half way point and aren't sure you'll be alive at the finish line, you're doing it right.


It's interesting how much different my perception is. If I pace evenly I'll feel pretty good at the half way point. The "unpleasantness" ramps up steadily after that though.

This. I shoot to feel okay by the halfway point. If there is a U-turn, remind myself not to smash it coming out and then buckle down and get ready for the hurt to really begin on the road back home.
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Re: First TT [Ohio_Roadie] [ In reply to ]
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Ohio_Roadie wrote:
rruff wrote:
nickwhite wrote:
If you make it to the half way point and aren't sure you'll be alive at the finish line, you're doing it right.


It's interesting how much different my perception is. If I pace evenly I'll feel pretty good at the half way point. The "unpleasantness" ramps up steadily after that though.


This. I shoot to feel okay by the halfway point. If there is a U-turn, remind myself not to smash it coming out and then buckle down and get ready for the hurt to really begin on the road back home.

The one out and back course I do (Age-Graded VA State TT) I am thoroughly questioning my pacing strategy before I hit the turn around. Yet, I somehow manage to do well enough there.

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Re: First TT [LAI] [ In reply to ]
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Probably a lot of it has to do with how you mentally process sensations during a race. I sorta shut my mind off and don't notice pain until it gets severe. I'm tuning into other stuff that happens at threshold. If discomfort is a 10 at the finish, it will be maybe 2-3 at the half way point. If it's 5 or over, I will definitely not be able to hold that pace in the 2nd half.

But I've heard good TTers say they are in "the pain cave" right from the start.
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Re: First TT [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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"I was tired, so I shut off my brain and my body finished without me"
~KFU, age 13
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Re: First TT [GreatScott] [ In reply to ]
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Ride the paint if there some.
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Re: First TT [GreatScott] [ In reply to ]
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Call me a sucker, but without my PM I’d fail miserably at a >20 min effort.
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Re: First TT [G-man] [ In reply to ]
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G-man wrote:
Ride the paint if there some.

^This. Unless it's wet.
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Re: First TT [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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Overall pretty fun day today. 39:3x in the 30km. Did my first ever real TT start and didn't screw it up so that was a plus. 320 NP/AP. I paced it very well I thought. Only thought is I should have pushed the first half into the wind a bit more. Tied my highest ever 20 min power which included the turnaround and finish. Last 5 and 10 min were 346w and 336w so probably had a little too much left in the tank at the end. Overall a pretty fun race.

Thanks to everyone for the advice.

get comfortable being uncomfortable
Last edited by: stevej: Apr 7, 19 13:51
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Re: First TT [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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60kph?

stevej wrote:
Overall pretty fun day today. 29:3x in the 30km. Did my first ever real TT start and didn't screw it up so that was a plus. 320 NP/AP. I paced it very well I thought. Only thought is I should have pushed the first half into the wind a bit more. Tied my highest ever 20 min power which included the turnaround and finish. Last 5 and 10 min were 346w and 336w so probably had a little too much left in the tank at the end. Overall a pretty fun race.

Thanks to everyone for the advice.

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Re: First TT [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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46kph, chapeau!

"I was tired, so I shut off my brain and my body finished without me"
~KFU, age 13
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Re: First TT [stevej] [ In reply to ]
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Sounds like a great first TT! It's way more fun to finish strong than blow up.
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