Traditionally I ride like a bag of spanners at the first TT of the season. Today's race, the Redhill CC 18TT a hilly course in Dorking, was no exception. Scrappy, unfocused and a lack of application: a useful jolt to remind me that I need to unpack my race head.
Lessons to be learnt:
- That extra twenty minutes in bed is not worth missing a recce of the course.
- Early season "Hardriders" are called "Hard" for a reason. Handling skills will be tested.
- Fifteen minutes of spinning on a turbo does not constitute a warm up if there is a 12% hill in the first half-mile.
The man of the day was Wouter Sybrandy who set a new course record. I crossed the line first lady. I'm not pleased with my performance but it has been a worthwhile experience.