An early morning autumnal fog had just lifted to reveal a gorgeous time trialling morning – sunny and virtually still – as I rolled up the Astwood this morning for the 8th and final NBRC League event of 2010.  Unfortunately a week of insomnia and a 24 hour headache didn’t really leave me feeling really up for the event.  In fact, had it not been for its league status, I might have given the event a miss (particularly as I was down to ride the North Midds and Herts CA ’50’ the following day).  Still, there I was, ready to give it  go.

It had been a week or two since my last club time trial, and it was good to catch up with the guys again – some, like Geoff P. have been popping out some good times, while others seem to have hit the doldrums a bit (rather like I feel).  Anyway, being a late arrival I ended up as last man off at #10.  At the due moment off I went, and despite having to ease off for traffic joining the main roadgot off to a good start.  I rapidly found myself at >31mph.  “This won’t last” I thought, and so it transpired.

I really didn’t feel able to give the event full whack, and indeed for the first half barely got my heart rate into level 3.  Things changed a bit further on, though not enough to rescue my ride – I ended up with 24:13, I think (results to follow).  Fastest on the day was Geoff Perry (TeamMK), with James Fox (Luton CC) close behind – a really good ride given James was on a road bike with no tri-bars.

I still felt rubbish at the finish, and headed off home to go supermarket shopping.  In the parlance common in my previous club, I went like a bag of spanners.  Let’s hope it goes better at tomorrow’s ’50’…

Pos. on
Pos No Name Club Time Cat Vets Std .+ / – Vets Std
1 7 Geoff Perry TeamMK 23.34 V50 27.33 .+ 3.59 2
2 8 James Fox CC Luton 23.48 S
3 5 Lindz Barral i-Team CC 23.54 S
4 9 Richard Wood TeamMK 24.01 S
5 10 Rob Saunders NBRC 24.13 V50 27.33 .+ 3.20 5
6 2 Adrian Cox TeamMK 24.24 V49 27.20 .+ 2.56 6
7 4 Rob Chaundy TeamMK 25.44 V58 29.20 .+ 3.36 4
8 3 Clive Faine TeamMK 27.04 V64 30.45 .+ 3.41 3
9 1 Karl Reed-Simpson Private 27.07 V44 26.18 .- 0.49 7
10 6 Gilbert Wheelwright NBRC 27.29 V68 31.45 .+ 4.16 1