AM. Cycle 173km, inc. North Middx & Herts CA 100-mile TT. Course F1/100 [Gmap]
100miles: 4:07:40 (24.226mph) __ HR151(162)
Although the forecast was poor, the rain held off OK. Shame about the strong wind. I struggled to pace this evenly as a result and although I felt like I was hardly touching the pedals in the first hour-and-a-half, still wound up with a slower second half, where many people evenly splitted this ride. The last 15 miles included a couple of 4-mile stretches on the A421 directly into the teeth of the wind which was really hard and probably cost me 2 or 3 minutes.
I didn’t bother with a camelbak as I usually would for a 100, just left a couple of bottles at the Black Cat roundabout and picked those up after about 55miles. Probably cost me 40 seconds to pick them up, plus any aero gains I usually get from the camelbak, but I didn’t have much to race for – just updating my LTS (last three seasons best) time for the bike – and was quite happy to be a bit more comfortable without it. As well as carbo in my bottles I ate a gel at 1, 2 and 3 hours, just to keep my energy levels up (although given that I faded over the second half, I don’t think that exactly worked as planned!)
Jeff Jones won in 3:39, nearly 20 minutes ahead of the 2nd place finisher. He’d started last and was the first to finish. An astonishing ride in those conditions.