Brief background. I havn't competed in a proper TT in 12 years. Previous 10m PB 23.54 25m 1:03.24. Do lots of MTB and Road riding for fun, normally 2 or 3 rides a week. Never really 'train'. I'm 34, weigh 13 stone ish, don't smoke, hardly drink and eat well.
3 Months ago I broke both wrists in an MTB crash. Since June I have been able to ride on the Turbo using tri bar arm rests instead of my hands. I got a HRM with cadence to make the miles meaningful (Cateye V3c). I have clocked some 400 ish miles in the cellar. Normally 18-22MPH average, a few 'interval sessions (like 5, 10 or 20 min at 75% max).
So, Today was the TdF TT and I thought I would have a crack at a 25m TT too. I started in between Cadel and Bradley and rode as hard as I reasonably could, using ITV as my inspiration. I found my HR wasn't rising much above 110bpm at 23mph, so upped the pace to 25 then 27 then finally settled at 30mph! My HR hovered around 150ish and my legs felt worked but good. In the end I clocked a 56:30.25. In TdF terms that means I beat Yesterdays stage winner Thibaut!
So, either I should be on a Pro contract and I'm a huge undiscovered talent, or my Turbo is crap and doesn't come close to replicating a real ride. It's a cheapo Trans-X one. Basic with just magnetic resistence but surely this shouldn't matter. The Cateye is calibrated properly. The roller is squashed up to the tyre nicely.
So what do you think is going on? I am just not that fast!