Starting 2020 ProperlyAlfonso Garibay
On January, 12th I raced the first race of my season a 20k Time Trial at Fiesta Island in San Diego where I hold for the second consecutive year the Fiesta Island 20k Time Trial Series Championship in Para-Athlete Category. This was not my fastest time at 22.5mph average speed vs 23.8mph I did last October, but a great run considering the following. This time of year the track and weather conditions are not conducive to fast times at Fiesta Island, it is very cold for Southern California weather usually high 30s during warm up hours and low 40s once its your turn to race being next to the water it seems even colder. In addition to the cold temperatures the Island usually floods in certain areas this time of year we typically get heavy rain the week of or weeks before so that leaves the track covered in sticky sand and mud for most of the course. To challenge myself I also did something different this time. I choose to race with one gear only. I have not seen any other handcyclist do this, all racers even able bodied typically have 11 or 12 gears when they race. I ran the entire course and did my warm up with a 14T cog only on my wheel. This worked very well during testing and was expecting the amount of torque I would need to produce to get moving fast but as we all know anything can happen during a race and it did. I had a very slow start due to chainring flex and chain skipping three times but was able to keep my composure and move forward and get my bike up to speed and just race. It was a great mental and physical training exercise doing things like this is what helps me perform at my best level.
Blessed to do what makes me happy. Thanks to God