Well, this is one small disadvantage of 1x. You MUST choose an even number of teeth. So 52, 54, 56. At least if you want to stick with a narrow-wide chainring, which I do.
Thoughts on 1x11 with the 30 gearing - is there a max gradient or length of climb where you'd need to risk swapping the 54 for a 53? Conversely - will you go with 55 for Kona for the Hawi descent?
2:55 seems like a quick marathon given your lead, and it looks like you held consistent throughout. Were you more focused on nailing a solid run vs. saving the legs?
I've won most of my races on a 54... Seems like my "preferred" front ring. I'd go with a 56-11/32 if I was going to try anything different in Hawaii. But I think I'll go 54-11/30. Same as here.
I might go 54-11/32 for something with longer sustained hard climbs. But so far have never needed it. Even at Wildflower...
2:55... At some point, it's harder to run slow. I wanted to be done. On the second lap, I didn't ever push it. I just ran what was comfortable. I'd guess HR was high 130s... Treated it like a steady - but not too hard - long training session.
So, just out of sheer, sheer curiosity, why an even number??? I can't think of any reason why???
Once again, great race and best of luck in Kona!!!
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