Hope you enjoyed your business trip in Perth, Heather
I was hoping that no assessment = on time for the time trial. BUT falling asleep on the couch @ babysitting at 11:30 pm, parents getting home at 12:30 am, and then getting back to bed at home around 1:30 am (after finishing organising myself) meant that I just didn't want to get out of bed this morning. Just as well my sister woke me up while having a shower (before her shift at Coles)!
I spent much time um-ing and ah-ing about the weather at home - because I saw a massive rain band on the BOM Radar. In the end, I decided to drive out to Kinglake West - hoping that the weather would be OK. I decided if the TT was cancelled, I could always do another Humevale timed climb
While driving out to Kinglake West, the weather was very unpleasant - I rarely didn't
have the windscreen wipers on, and while going along Whittlesea-Yea main road, it was bucketing down. So I'd decided that unless the rain cleared, I wouldn't be racing ... as I didn't like the idea of going down the steep windy hills in the rain, especially heavy rain.
I got to Kinglake West General Store (right next to the reserve where the public toilet is - at the turnoff to Kinglake) and there weren't many others there. The rain stopped soon after I got there - so as Paul said, I might as well give it a go and just be careful on the corners
Out of the 6 competitors, I was predicted to be the slowest (and the only girl), so I got to start first. Due to my lateness, my warm-up consisted of the downhill section of the time trial at the start. Not a good idea!!
Dave must have passed on his fear of downhills to me ... because ALL other competitors passed me in the first 20 km, which had more down than up! At least Paul yelled a "Go Penny!" as he went shooting past me
Eventually (around 18 km mark on my odometer), I began to see riders coming back towards me, so knew the turnaround point must be reasonably close. Before the turnaround point, one guy confused me for just a second ... cos he was wearing a flouro cycling jersey, and was cycling in the wrong direction on my side of the road.
In the end, it was pretty easy to spot the turnaround ... so I did my usual thing of unclip, u-turn (after slowing for a car) and then clip-in and continue). I also got a pleasant surprise at the turnaround point - Kathy and Dave had driven the course (in red car, so I didn't recognise them as they passed me) and got to the turnaround point shortly before me ... so they waited
Then it was time for the second (more difficult) 20 km. After 1 hour, I'd covered 30.7 km ... but the long slow hill before the finish (a few kms long) meant I lost a bit of time. I need to get better at climbing!!
Finally, it was time for the last downhill bomb before the sprint up to Kinglake West General Store ... with all other competitors, organisors + Dave & Kathy cheering me (Miss Slow Poke) on. Cos of the downhill beforehand, I was able to get halfway up the hill before needing to change gears ... then it was time to change down one gear and sprint to the finish
BUT not without a last bit of drama ... after a brief out-of-the-saddle sprint up the hill, I sat down again ... and my left cleat came out of the pedal metres before the finish line. So I pedalled one-footed over the finish line.
So Dave, if you were wondering why I had a smile on my face as I finished today, it was because ...
1. I managed to finish the 40 km TT - furthest TT distance by 10 km
2. I managed to get up the long slow hill before the finish ... without any mechanical problems
3. I managed to stay upright after the foot-flying incident just before the finish line. Could have been a nasty (and embarrassing) ouch if my cleat had come loose moments before!
I think it might be time for new cleats!
This post is long enough already, so I'll put the results in a second post.