Yesterday, I rode my first 2008 Time Trial Race against myself.
My Garmin Edge 305 GPS has a very neat feature – the Virtual Partner – where you can upload an old ride that you have recorded – and then ride the same route and “race yourself.”
I used a tough hilly loop to the village of Chilly as my course (57 kilometres and 1100 metres vertical ascent). This is the 3rd time I have used this course to race myself – so I know that I am using an old route where I was working hard.
The first time I knocked 14 minutes off an old time, which shows how the virtual partner pushes me. The second, I knocked a couple of minutes off my time.
The route starts off immediately uphill, which jars the system a little. And for an hour and a half, I stayed within a few hundred metres of my September 2007 competition. There was no time for relaxation or photos. This was a close race – me and old Will were evenly matched.
It is surprisingly motivating watching the little GPS screen and not wanting to lose to my younger, cocky self. But nearing the end of the longest climb of the day, old me started to suffer. So I got out of the saddle and made him really hurt. I am the world’s slowest descender, but today I flew down the final stretch – ultimately sailing home to a small victory – wooohooo!
I’ve been having a bit of trouble with my asthma recently – and am trying some new medication – so I was pretty pleased with the result today.