I didn’t think I would ever race again after my stroke but I have found the urge to do something competitive in 2017. I don’t feel up to competing in road races but I have a plan to have a go at a few TT’s. My other issue is my balance and as such I don’t think I will be able to ride on tri-bars so I will TT on my Merckx style fixed gear bike
A goal would be to try to beat the hour for a 25 Mile TT in this 1970’s style setup. This is very much a stretch goal as I am probably only 2/3 fitness nowadays and my previous best on the Wabi for 25 miles was 1:02:36. I think beating 1h10 would be a major achievement. I am planning to have some sort of power meter setup on the fixed for next season. I had an FTP of around 340W when I did that time but no power meter so no way of knowing exactly what the power was. I estimate my current FTP is approx 240W so I have a lot of work to do.
My max pulse has also dropped by 10bpm so I will need to adjust my TT pacing. I plan on attempting the hour on the Loyalton TT course which is pretty flat but I dont think it is as fast as Putah Creek. I have only ridden the course once on my TT bike and found it was horrible but I think it suits fixed (providing the wind isn’t too strong).
Next year I will be back riding for IC3.
There are hardly any suitable events in California anymore but here is my provisional list:
March 26th: Tempus Fugit Individual TT (Spring)
May 29th : RKO#7 – Memorial Day Classic Stage Race and Omnium – Calaveras Time Trial
June 11th : Loyalton Time Trial (State Champs ???????)
July 22 : RKO#11 – Crossfire Hurricane Hill Climb Challenge
Aug 20 : RKO#15 – Tempus Fugit Individual TT
Sep 9th : Mt Diablo Hill Climb TT
Sep 16th : Esparto Time Trial – VP#20 CC#9