Kristen Hill Cat 3 District TT 40 K Championship Sattley, CA
This was not a race that was on my race calendar but one I had thought about doing since I heart the pain cave so much. We had to get up at 430am and drive the 2 plus hours. Since I have never been to the course I was not sure what to expect. Going there was interesting and very pretty with snow on the mountains but it was very cold. It was so hilly driving there I was thinking I was being lied to and that this course was going to be all hills. Well, the road drops you into a valley so pretty and sunny! And it was flat as a pancake from what I could tell.
I found out there were only 3 women in my category so as long as I finished that meant a podium. I did not know who the other 2 women were, never heard of them. (the masters age group category) I found out later that they are Cat 2's until after, I just wanted to race.
Off we go at the start...it was really nice pavement and a very fast course on the way out. There were no turns, just a turn around so I would not make a wrong turn
My goal was to complete this course in an hour or less. To the turn around, I would meet this goal but I still had to make it back. Once I hit the turnaround I felt a headwind/swirl wind. I realized also that going out it was a false flat..I had been going down to the turn around and had to dig myself out...but it was never really a hill, you are riding along and wonder why it is so hard to be going flat...I also found it hard to breathe and I could not get my watts very high. My legs were fried from the previous day’s criterium race and I was feeling the deep pain of the cave.
I made it to the finish in 1:05... better luck next year! I still earned points for DBCRT. Next year I will ride this course more often before or buy an oxygen tent!
CAPTION: Kristen Hill on the podium for District Time Trial Championships