Well, contrary to the title of my BLOG – apparently I can, and WILL bonk.

Apparently the word “PACING” completely escaped from my vocabulary and just like my 2005 BMO marathon, I blew out of the gates like a bat outta hell on fire and pretty much exploded in a heap of burning flesh and sweaty cycling gear about 20 mins into the course. I actually stopped pedalling at one point to recover – who does that during a time-trial???!? Oh, apparently *I* do…

Anyway, for those of you reading this that ARE in the series (you lucky bastards), since my group was the first to go in this stage, you now have some valuable wisdom here for your attempt – settle into your z3 wattage and keep it steady throughout. Don’t go out at Z4 and Z5 and hope for the best – it don’t work… 😉

In terms of course profile, although it was supposed to be a “fast and flat time trial course” – the definition of “flat” is very relative – it’s flat – like a ramp on a 1.5-3% grade the entire time. I think the only time there was any reprieve or *slight* downhill was when the leaders were so far ahead of me, it was like they tilted the sea-saw in my favour…

At any rate, the course is the same for everyone and I was overly ambitious in what wattage I thought I could sustain given my limited time in the saddle. Can’t really expect to hit my avg wattage from 2 years ago with just 4 weeks of cycling under my belt… Double-whammy with the fact I didn’t get much rest the last week after pulling a series of all-nighters at the office. And when I say “all-nighters”, I actually mean sleeping on the floor of my office for a couple hours during the project… NOT a good way to recover after stage 2.

Okies, so let’s see what happens this week and what I can pull out of my arse for this weekend.

Stay tuned!

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