Riders start west of US 19/41 at the exit/entrance ramp to GA 20, go west passed the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Lower Woolsey Road to the turn-around at Limerick Way and back to the starting point. One loop is 6-miles. Riders complete 2 loops for the full 12-mile time trial.
Since this is my first TT I've read a few articles that might help my performance. With this knowledge in mind here's what I plan to do to ensure my best effort.
Sometime before August 6th I will ride the course. Even though I've ridden these roads before they're not fresh in my mind. I want to become familiar with any potholes, sand, gravel, intersections, dogs, or other hazards before rather than during the TT. To get my bike ready I'll remove any excess equipment like bottle cages and tool kits. I won't have any water or tools on my bike. If I get thirsty I'll just have to wait. If I get a flat then I'll just have to walk. I'll also remove my training wheels and put on my FP60 race wheels. It would be nice if I had a full disc back wheel and a power meter but, I don't. To get myself ready I'll eat pasta for dinner the evening before the TT and for breakfast that morning I'll have some fruit, toast, and drink something to get me hydrated. Right before the TT I'll have some energy gel with caffeine and warm-up with a few 30 second sprints. That's about it! I may use my heart rate monitor but I doubt it. I typically only wear my HRM when I run. I just don't like the restrictive feeling of the chest strap.
Now, where did I put that unitard? Oh, there it is!
|My Southern Crescent Cycling Louis Garneau short sleeve skin suit|
Thanks for reading.