Another year another Blue Steel indoor TT. That could only mean one thing 15 minutes of PAIN! Not this year though, cause this year I got to do it 2 times! Turns out our Fearless team captain and ex Indy Fab factory rider Eric Carlson had to catch an early train to NYC. So after much persuasion I committed. Not a bad deal having Eric pay my entry fee for some free fitness.
Still waiting for the results and some additional pics. Gould took 2nd overall on the day, Eric Marro also crushed it again this year taking 4th before his tank ran out during the team TT.
The Team TT would be Gould, Marro, Soups, and myself. I have to admit after seeing what they did on the individual TT and knowing what Soups can do (see RAAM) results. I was feeling overmatched to say the least. The good thing with the team TT is its your third mans time across the line. Well at least I can take a few pulls the first half till I implode and fall off the back.
We went off one minute behind Northeast Multisport. I definitely wasn’t fresh having just raced an hour prior. I did notice my HR was about 10 BPM lower to start. That wouldn’t last long though.
In the TTT the computer lets you draft. But it ain’t easy to do. It takes a fair amount of communication. I just tried to stay within 10 meters of the wheel in front of me. I took about 3 pulls by chance and shortly after I hear Marro mutter something to the effect of being done and for the rest of us to go.
Was he serious? I thought for a few seconds. What does this mean? Oh crap, I’m third man and responsible for our finishing time. Everyone was yelling at Gould to slow down. He was just on fire ripping it up whenever he felt like it. I was fading trying to keep pace soups came back a couple times and helped me back on. The final hill seemed like forever! We finished behind Multisport but it was not to be on this day.