2022 Race Report #2: ABD Kaneville 16 KM Time Trial
My second race of 2022 was the same as my last pre-accident race of 2021. This race is a rolling 16 kilometer (9.78 miles) loop course roughly 50 miles west of Chicago.
The weather was warm with moderate humidity and strong gusting winds. Temperature at my 9:38 a.m. start was 78 degrees (felt like 78 degrees), 44% humidity, and the wind was from the east northeast at 15 miles per hour (mph) gusting to 25 mph. The wind would be a tailwind for the first and fourth legs of the course.
I completed a warmup on a side road for 7.34 miles in 0:31:48. Average speed was 13.9 mph; maximum speed was 20.0 mph. Average power was 208 watts; maximum power was 329 watts.
I moved to the start line on schedule. In view of the tailwind for the first leg of the course, I wanted to start fast. Here is my average speed for each leg of the course: first leg was 18.8 mph; second leg was 12.5 mph; third leg was 11.9 mph; fourth leg (with a tailwind) was 17.4 mph.
The winner’s time was 0:24:53 (23.58 mph). My second place time was 0:38:18 (15.32 mph), almost 14 minutes slower. There were a several positive outcomes from this race, despite my slow average speed. First of all, I finished my first race in a year on my new recumbent trike. Second, my peak power performance was the highest to date for five seconds (338 watts) and 20 minutes (258 watts). Third, my intensity factor was the highest to date, 1.35, versus 0.97 from the Kaneville race a year ago. Finally, I will remember to pack and use sunscreen. I have a mild case of sunburn on my face, wrists, and knees.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Race Distance: 9.78 miles
- Time: 0:38:18 (h:m:s)
- Finishing position: 2 of 2
- Avg Speed: 15.3 mph
- Max Speed: 22.9 mph
- Avg Power: 244 watts
- Max Power: 367 watts
UPDATE: My next race is another 20 KM time trial on Sunday, July 24.