March 4th was a day I circled on my calendar a few months back. It would be this years first Time Trial and a chance to mix it up with some of the best amatures and domestic pros on the west coast.
After missing out on stage 1’s break of the day, I had some work to move up into the GC standings. The course was fitting for my ability… It was an out and back 12 mile power course with about 400 ft of low % gradient climbing. There is not a creative way to describe a time trial… I rolled into the start house, set my computer, put my head down and throttledup. This would be my first chance at riding a TT with a power meter so I set a number in my head that was feasible to hold. I forced myself to hold back during the first 4 miles, which was all uphill. I was approaching half way and feeling strong when I caught my 1 minute man (not to be named) at the turnaround and had a little laugh to myself. It was the same kid that yelled at me the day before for letting a 5 ft gap open on a 35 mph descent… ha ha close this gap I’m about to open. The ride back to the finish was fun but also painful and frightening. I have no bar tape on my aero bars and my hands were sweating…a little slippery at 38mph. I ramped up the power for the last 5k and left it all out on the course. Good enough for 8th overall and to move myself into 14th in the GC.