dennisn wrote:Can't really speak for power meter training / racing but as far as 10 miles TT's
go I would venture the opinion that most amateur racers "give it hell" right out of the box,
so to speak, and just try to hold on. Seems to me that this is the way it's done on the 10
mile or less races. Above 10 you start to have to really get into pacing or you will "cook"
yourself out there. At least that's my opinion.
If most amateur racers are giving it hell out of the blocks, then their pacing will be sub-optimal, no matter the distance they have to ride
Pacing is a vital skill for fast TT riding, .......
I agree with you 100% about pacing. Just an observation of mine that most AMATEUR
riders tend to give it, pretty much, all they have and just try to "hang on for the finish" in the shorter events. Granted pacing would help and I'm sure in the top amateur and pro ranks this is a very important aspect of the ride but for the average weekend warrior /
club racer I have a feeling that, in these shorter TT's, most thoughts of pacing are somewhat pushed aside by the pretty much all out effort that most people feel they need to put in in order to post a good time.I agree that this type of thinking is wrong(to a point)
but it is very hard to put all other thoughts behind you and concentrate on a monitor or two. The effort of it all seems to send peoples minds into almost chaos and the dominate
thought is "go harder, go harder". I can remember having all kinds of thoughts go through
my head in these "shorter" TT's. i.e. if my monitor said 105%, and I was still capable of reading it through the pain, my brain would still be telling me "ignore that thing, go for 110%, you've got to go faster or suffer the disgrace of having your minute man pass you". And when your minute man is your best friend and vicious rival and somehow always seems to sign up for a start spot one minute behind you, well, all thoughts of pacing go right out the door. Kill yourself, kill yourself, don't even let him get close(oh the disgrace of it all if you get caught).