Took the Giant down to Church Creek to ride the 40 Km Cat IV TT. Bill's aero bars didn't fit so I rode in the drops. No taper, no rest week, just wanted to roll. It was a wild ride - the Thrilla in... um, Cambridge, MD.
From the start, I pedaled. I turned right. There was some gravel on the road. Holes too, here and there. Lotta trees and weeds. I pedaled some more. I turned right again. There was wind. I pedaled some more. Some guys passed me. I passed other guys. It was still bumpy and hurt and I kept pedaling, not as fast as I'd like but still pedaling. I turned right again. I waved to the cop at the corner, he may have been even fatter than me but I doubt it. It was bumpy again and windier. I passed some girls. I really hurt and they didn't even look attractive to me at that point though the thought of stopping sure did. Some guys passed me. It hurt real bad. I turned right again. I pedaled really really hard. In fact it hurt really bad for a while and then stopped hurting entirely and I found myself not thinking of anything and riding along in the weeds next to the road for a while which was harder to do than just riding on the road. I kept pedaling. I passed the finish line, stopped immediately and threw up. Some girl was concerned but mainly I was happy to be rid of breakfast, it had been trying to get out for quite some time. They didn't post the finish times very quickly so we left and drove back home. I couldn't eat the Wendys we bought on the way home and the Bay Bridge traffic suxored.
Man, what a thrilling race. I'm sure you were all on the edge of your seats as was I.
Near as I can figure, from the Powertap, I rode about 1:05.30. The goal was to maintain threshold power and I failed, managing only to maintain 97% of threshold power, or 300 watts average. Oh well.
Frankly, the whole experience was a bit bewildering.
[Update: ABRT posted the official times. I rolled a 1:05.58. Most of the Cat IV's I know from racing were just under or a few minutes over an hour. Maybe next year I'll try it with aero bars and taper for a couple days. Or maybe not.]