After the success of my cockpit re-do last week I decided to take another look at my spare tube(s), tools, and X-Lab wing configuration. I figured I needed to lighten up somewhere because, as I continue to taper before the race on Sunday, I seem to be gaining a little weight elsewhere. If you know what I mean! You can read about the small changes I made to my bike cockpit here.
Moving on to the junk in my bike trunk. Here's my starting configuration with an X-Lab Carbon Wing, two X-Lab Gorilla Carbon Cages, two CO2 cartridges, a Genuine Innovations Air Chuck Elite Mini Inflator, two spare tubes, and two sets of tire tools. Why I had four tire levers I don't know!
|X-Lab Wing with Bag and Spare Tubes|
|Spare Tube and Tire Levers|
|Empty Bike Bag|
|Spare Tube, Tire Levers, and Spare Tube|
|Second Spare Tube with second set of Tire Levers in Plastic Bag|
|Spare Tube in X-Lab Wing|
|X-Lab Wing with Bag and second Spare Tube removed|
My tri-bike is the same 2010 Quintana CD0.1 bike I used when I competed in the 2010 Ironman Augusta 70.3. That year I completed the 56 mile bike segment in 2:43:26 (20.6-mph). I'm hoping for something a little closer to 2:38:00 this year (21.3-mph). Anything faster than that might impact my ability to have a good run. However, I did average 23.9-mph in August on the 14 mile bike segment of the 2012 Peachtree City Sprint Triathlon. It would be cool if I could duplicate that! I competed in the male 45-49 age group in 2010 when the top three finishers in that category completed the bike segment in under 2 hours and 23 minutes. During the 2010 race the top three male 50-54 age group winners, where I'll be competing this year, completed the bike leg in under 2 hours and 30 minutes. A sub-2 hour and 30 minute bike segment might be a bit too much to ask as well.
Thanks for reading.