So I did the Madera stage race this weekend and bombed at the crit. It was soooo demoralizing. I wasn't last but close enough to it that it made me feel like just giving up the idea of racing. Same thing happened at my previous crit. It could be that I'm coming off a hard month of racing (I had 5 races this month) and am just not recovered enough. My coach put a bunch of things on this month for hard training. Or maybe my body hasn't adapted well to races like crits where you have to go all out right from the gun and do lots of accelerations? Strangely, in spite of a good warm-up that I got from my coach, I didn't start feeling good until maybe halfway through the crit. Well after the crit I was beginning to wonder if I'm just wasting my time with racing. I was really upset. I didn't even want to do the TT I was so mad. Maybe I was over-reacting, but that's how I felt.
Well I went out and did the TT. Didn't even bother doing more than noodle around for a warm-up. From the gun I settled in at a hard pace. It was hard work, but strangely I was very happy in spite of the suffering during the thing because I knew I was riding well. After the fact, I looked at my powertap data and ended up holding an average wattage that was 10 watts more than my coach told me to ride it at. I also managed to catch one person. My time ended up being good enough for mid-pack placing in the TT. I was surprised at that given how tired I was from earlier in the day. If I could have pushed a little bit harder and shaved 10-30 seconds off, I could have moved up a bit more in the placings even. Before I saw where I placed, I didn't care about it because I knew I had ridden well. After the fact, it made me wonder what I could have done in the TT if I were fresher and hadn't done so much already this month.
My sample size obviously needs to increase before I can get good statistics. However, I'm finding that I can TT even when I am sore/tired/mad/did an earlier race/whatever, but not so with crits. Strange because my coach thought I would do well at crits.
Have any of you guys had a similar experience?
I'm wondering what this whole thing says.