Yesterday, en route to what I would call a mediocre 15th place, I did a whole 25 more watts AVERAGE than I did at the Vuelta Time Trial where I finished 5th. I certainly gave everything I had, but it was not enough.
The Vuelta TT was a big step for me. It was the first TT of that length that I had ever done, being just shy of an hour. Yesterday was very similar, and to experience a jump of 25 watts–I could be ecstatic with that. But I am not. At the end of the day, it is not how many watts someone produces in a single day, it is how fast they go. While I am content to have technically gone faster, I realize that I have a lot of work I need to get done before I can be competitive at this level on such a stage.
Yesterday was a good indication that yes, I am improving, but these guys, Tony Martin in particular, are at a whole different level. I know I can be up there soon as I have plenty of room to grow, I just have to put in the work and the hours. I am very motivated this winter to do everything right and come out guns blazing next year.
I still have the Road Race on Sunday where I will hopefully be leading out Tyler Farrar if all goes according to schedule…
Thanks for all of your support, we will be on top soon enough.