This was my 4th time riding in the time trial, and probably the best one by a smidge. Certainly the best conditions out there that I've had.
My big change this year was the new CAAD10 and some deepish aero rims. I was excited when I was hitting 28mph under what felt like medium effort during a warmup run, but that turned out to be unrealistic on the actual track. I was hitting between 21 and 25 the whole way around though, so it was a bit more consistent than the last few windy years (I seem to remember always dipping down to 19 on the front straight and then zipping up to 27 on the back, but only averaging 22 overall).
I think my unofficial time was 7:40 which is just a few seconds faster than last year. I'm not in nearly as good of shape as I was last year, and probably weigh ten pounds more, but the new stiffer lighter bike picked me up.
I still feel like I could push more with my legs, but my lungs cannot keep up. I didn't end up with as bad of a cough after this one, but my mouth and throat and lungs felt extremely dry during my second lap. I do get some pretty deep anaerobic climbs and sprints on my normal road rides, but nothing that is sustained for 7+ minutes. I suppose I'd have to specifically train for that scenario if I want to continue improving my times for this event.
I'd be happy enough with any sub-8 time, but the last three attempts have all been right around the same time.