Aye I'd agree, the CX bike is 20lbsish and never did I think that the bike was holding me up.
I would have been better if I'd done some strength/speed/power work, training for the IM was long and steady work and I neglected the speed stuff. I've noticed this before though, going out with you guys who can put the power down quite easy but I seem to lack that top end. But some of the reason for trying this is to get that back. If the race had been 5 hrs longer I might have got on a bit better
I know what I need to do and have a month to do it and then I can possibly get to another 4 races. Of course these are the finer details, loosing some chub is going to help. On another forum someones sig is : speedwork is the icing on the cake, you don't have a cake!