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Yeah, just curious was all. Iâ€™m not interested in getting any lighter really. Worked hard for this muscle, so I want to keep it. I just know hills and heat wonâ€™t ever be a good match for myself...and Iâ€™m cool with that.
I've raced over a dozen other 70.3's and the disparity between hilly courses (Quassy, Harryman) and flat courses (Eagleman) and I avg around 2:45 for flat courses and 3:15 for hilly.
I race with a disc and have been professionally fitted and re-fitted on a Cervelo P2 and P3; but remember we're all Experiments of One -- every athletes experiences and results will differ. The problem with hilly courses and climbing is aero means almost nothing. It's easy, at least for me, on a flat course to get in a decent aero position, and stay aero 99% while pushing decent power. On a hilly course, during prolonged climbs, I find myself in my 28 cog spinning and counting down the seconds till we hit the top as dozens of greyhounds go cruising passed me!!
Currently I'm at 175 pounds, and although I haven't raced yet this year, according to Strava I'm PRr'ing many of my local climbs. I'm again doing some flat and hilly racing this year so it'll be interesting to see the times after the weight loss.
For example, a 150lb guy may ride a flat course 15 min faster than St. George based on his CdA and weight. With that in mind, are you better or worse off than a lighter guy, e.g. will you improve more than 15 minutes? This largely depends on whether your W / CdA on a flat course is relatively better than your W / kg on a hilly course.
If you're relatively slippery you probably have an advantage on a flatter course but you would need to investigate further with BBS or aero testing, etc.
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