by JJ Schmidt
After being so close to 2nd on the last one, I was determined to be at least 4 sec. faster. I got my aero helmet on Friday and figured that was good for at least 4 sec. Once again I was looking forward to racing with Gary, Jimmy and Ken. Jimmy sent a link about pacing with power, and since I now have a power meter I thought I would give it a try. I got there on time and was glad to see that the others were already there. I got ready and headed out to warm up. When I went to the starting line Ken must have just left and Gary was about to go. There were two riders between Gary and me. Jimmy was quite a few behind me so I wasn't expecting too see him yet. I started out hard and passed the rider in front of me before the first 1K, I passed a second rider before the 5k mark. I kept an eye on my power and tried to concentrate on keeping my head down and not being all over the road. I was determine to take the turn better this time. I came in faster this time, but clearly I need more practice turning around. After turning the corner I must have been a little off balance because when I stood up my back tire lifted up. Luckily I recovered and tried to keep my pace steady till the last 1K when I gave it all I had. For the first time nobody passed me ( luckily Jimmy started out way behind me and Gary and Ken were in front of me). I managed to shave 45 seconds off my previous time and grabbed second place. It was a good day for IC3 and I'm proud to be part of the team!