Today was yet another rainy and cold day. If any of our days have to be rainy and cold, I’ll take it on a TT day. Then, we’re only in the rain for a short amount of time, but it still makes it hard to get the warm up you need. The course had a technical first 300m that wouldn’t have been so technical if I had sucked it up and checked out the setup before the race. And a technical last 200 meters because of a giant painted line in the apex of the last corner. Those that don’t ride in the rain, paint on a wet road equals danger. There were 2 crashes on that line today. Which is why I’m glad I played it safe and pedaled around it at about 5mph. I should have trusted my wheels (HED wheels/Challenge Tires in case you’re wondering) more because I know they’re awesome in the rain and have never let me down, but with so many crashes and broken bones in the cycling world lately, I played it safe.
I have to say the only person I saw out pre-riding the course in the rain today was Amber Neben. Guess what place she got? 1st. Lesson learned. You have to be a badass before you can ride like a badass.
The highlight of the day was getting to use a race radio for the first time. We don’t get to use them in road races, but apparently for time trials they’re ok. Adrian was in the follow car and gently reminded me to keep my head down to stay aero and keep my pace up when I was lagging. I was quite proud of him, he didn’t drop the F bomb once. During the race I was having flashbacks of Top Gun when Goose was guiding Maverick through some pretty crazy shit. He and I made a good team out there today.
I got 15th today, which dropped me from 8th to 11th in GC. It wasn’t quite how I planned the day to go, but it could have been a lot worse. The big climb stages are tomorrow and Monday and they will most likely effect the stage more than today. I’m hoping for good legs. I think the first climb tomorrow will be similar to the Green Springs climb for my local peeps.
Here’s a cool shot from veloimages of Denise and Joelle crossing paths during the TT.