The Healthy Newton Omnium was put on by Dingo, and they did a good job as usual. Registration was painless, the lines were short ( I was one of the first people to arrive which helps), and the course was well marked (I mean, it was an out and back course, but there was a 1KM to go sign which I always appreciate).
This out and back course has been featured in the GA Gran Prix TT several times (though a shorter distance), and was part of their RR course at one point as well. You go downhill, then up hill, then pretty flat but slightly downhill to the turn around, then flat slightly uphill until the final decent, and then the final little climb. I like it when TTs finish on a climb so that you can be sure to empty yourself.
I did a good, long warmup. It was humid so I was sweating a lot, which is what I wanted: get rid ofexcess water in the skin. I brought a bottle to the line and was hydrating well. I didn't bring a bottle with me and didn't need it. I got in line, and maybe the fourth racer ahead of me got hit by a truck with a trailer about 50 ft from the start line. It was just crazy. I didn't see it happen, but apparently the truck flew by the start line and swerved and his trailer hit the racer.
While the police were dealing with the wreck, and the truck/trailer on the side of the road, and the bike upside down and the racer in the grass, we were still going off on our times. It was a bit unnerving, but that's bike racing.
Once I got started I noticed the the distance on my Garmin wasn't going up, and the average speed and power were still at zero. WTF??? I was angrily pressing tapping the screen trying to figure out what was wrong while trying to get my heart rate where I wanted it. After about a mile I realized I'd simply not pressed start.
Things were going decently to the turnaround, but after I passed over the strip my heart rate and power were no longer registering on my Garmin. UGH WTF!!! At this point I knew I just had to go by feel. I just hammered as hard as I could, trying to keep it on the line of impossible to maintain. I've been having trouble finding that spot the second half of the season. I passed two racers in front of me, and was passed by the guy who won.
That's time trialing.
And these are bike pics, enjoy!