Healthy Newton Omnium Time Trial

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!

"Oh hai ur bicycle looks fast u want to race?"

"Oh hai ur bicycle looks fast u want to race?"

Nice long sweaty warmup.

Nice long sweaty warmup.

What racing smells like.

What racing smells like.

TRINITY

TRINITY

This Ritchey Carbon wheel said  "come look at me,"  so I did. Looks old school and cool.

This Ritchey Carbon wheel said "come look at me," so I did. Looks old school and cool.

Looks like the carbon on this downtube was repaired. Looks like a Spec Tarmac.

Looks like the carbon on this downtube was repaired. Looks like a Spec Tarmac.

Gutsy racing a TT on this alu bike.

Gutsy racing a TT on this alu bike.

Classic.

Classic.

SPEED.

SPEED.

SPEED EVERYWHERE.

SPEED EVERYWHERE.

Classic, man.

Classic, man.

Nice Tarmacs with aero clip on bars. The omnium was overall time-based (vs. points based), so the TT was pretty important.

Nice Tarmacs with aero clip on bars. The omnium was overall time-based (vs. points based), so the TT was pretty important.

Cool old Focus steed.

Cool old Focus steed.

KUOTA BIKES LOOK HOTTT

KUOTA BIKES LOOK HOTTT

FOOJI BIKES LOOK SO HOTTT RIGHT NOW

FOOJI BIKES LOOK SO HOTTT RIGHT NOW

Something about the Shiv just looks stately to me.

Something about the Shiv just looks stately to me.

Maybe it's all the straight lines. Regardless I like it.

Maybe it's all the straight lines. Regardless I like it.

Using the big boy 55t chainring.

Using the big boy 55t chainring.

Haven't seen many Liv bikes around, but like that they have a pro women's team.

Haven't seen many Liv bikes around, but like that they have a pro women's team.

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