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  1. #1
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    A Bit of Bragging, if I May

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    I'm not usually one to toot my own horn, but I need to share with people who will understand my enthusiasm .

    Some of you may remember that my specialty in bike racing is the TT, and our club hosts a weekly event from April to September on the same course every week. I have been participating in the CBTT (Charlie Baker Time Trial) since 2005, and have made significant time improvements over the years - some as a result of coughing up for all the right equipment

    Last night, I rode from the house over to the event, as usual, and felt like absolute poo. I had raced a VERY muddy and wet MTB race on Sunday (that took over 3 hours due to conditions and a rear wheel that wouldn't turn on it's own), and had ridden reasonably hard with our junior development team the night before. I figured that this was just not my night, and accepted that.

    Heading out on the first leg of the loop (it's a 9.75 mile course with all right hand turns and one climb), I felt good, and was surprised to see speeds in the 27 to 30 mph range without feeling as if I was killing myself. Dh started 30 seconds behind me, and it took him quite awhile to catch me, which I was surprised by. When he did go by, I made it a goal to see how long I could keep him in sight.

    I maintained visual contact with DH all through the second leg of the course (woohoo!). As we made the right turn onto the final leg, I was very surprised to find myself closing the gap between us. Um - now what do I do? I shouldn't be passing him back - just not possible!

    But, pass him I did. And then I floored it to see if I could maintain my position. I crossed the finish line in 23:03 - 14 seconds FASTER than my previous PR set last year!!! That equates to a 25.4 mph average speed. DH was on my heels, but never passed me back.

    I am, of course, excited about the new PR, but also a bit disappointed that I couldn't find the extra 4 seconds . This is why I keep going BACK to the stupid TT!

    I also did a search of faster times over the years. There are now only 4 women faster than me, and 2 of them have won Ironman Hawaii! Not bad company!

    Thanks for letting me gloat, just a little bit.

    SheFly
    "Well behaved women rarely make history." including me!
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    Wow - that's terrific!! Congratulations!

    And I used to work for a guy who said something like "If you don't blow your own horn, someone else will use it as a funnel."
    Sarah

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  3. #3
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    Sweet!!!

    You can blow your horn for that one! That rocks. Congrats.

    (BTW...That's not the Wednesday night TT in Ipswich, is it?)
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    AWESOME! Congrats. I bet at that pace your DH didn't even know you had passed him.
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  5. #5
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    I love that post! You rock!

    When Beryl Burton passed the last guy ahead of her to win the 12 hour world record, she offered him a piece of candy. What did you give your DH?
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  6. #6
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    Wow; that's an impressive average speed. I couldn't even come close to that in a tight pack, let alone on my own. Congrats!!!
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    Yahoo! You rock

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    How exciting, congratulations!!

    Wow, the only time I can go 27-30 mph without feeling like I'm killing myself is on a steep DOWNhill.

    Way to go She Fly

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    Very nice. Very, very nice. Congratulations.
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    Feel free to brag, Shefly! 27-30? I'm lucky if I can manage 20 on flat ground!

    Good for you!
    At least I don't leave slime trails.
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    Very cool!

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    Woohooooo! Very nice. That's such an admirable accomplishment. Toot! You Studette you!! I can feel your enthusiasm and excitement way over here. I love when that happens...feel like crap then pull something from within and come up smelling like a rose.

    BTW, how have your teenagers been doing? No more mishaps I hope

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    That's awesome! Congratulations!
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  14. #14
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    Thanks, all! I am still pretty pumped up about this.

    7rider - this is the TT in Concord, not Ipswich.

    redrhodie - the best I could manage for my DH was at the finish, and it was "Are you ok?" in an incredulous voice .

    mudmucker - the mishaps unfortunately continue. These kids just cannot keep the rubber on the road! It's still really fun, and thankfully, everything since our concussion incident has been relatively minor.

    So, DH is now talking about buying some time in a local wind tunnel to see if I can find that extra 4 seconds. Might be worthwhile .

    SheFly
    "Well behaved women rarely make history." including me!
    http://twoadventures.blogspot.com

  15. #15
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    Ha! Your dh sounds like a keeper. Bring him a tootsie roll next time.
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