Yes I have been creating a lot of newb posts lately but its Sunday and I am at work, bored, and exicted/nervous about my first race in 3 days.
Ive been reading through this sub forum a lot and pulling all the advice I can. This was a pretty good thread for it First Cat 5 Race - Am I going to get Smoked?
I already know that I am going to get blown away somewhere between the 1st and 4th lap.
I know I should try to stay in the front 1/4 or 1/3 but not in THE front.
I need to keep passing people because if I dont I will end up in the back in no time since positioning is constantly changing.
Avoid the back because of the dreaded accordian affect and the ensuing sprint intervals after every corner.
When pushed off the back of the pack if I want to entertain any possibility of catching backup I better stand up and hammer away for 20 seconds. Otherwise just wait for the group to come back round since this is a training crit.
Expect lots of contact riding in the pack.
Keep my head up off the wheel in front of me and looking instead to course/riders ahead to predict movement/changes in speed.
Hold my line in the corners. I plan on trying to just stay behind a good rider to keep my line proper I suppose.
Dont brake going into corners but expect to brake anyway since cat 5's do it all the time anyway. If I do need to brake use the front and not the back so I dont lock up.
dont overlap wheels, no sudden movements, etc
I think Its kind of ironic worrying about all these details when most likely I wont be in the race long enough to really worry about them.
so what else should I know? I understand I am most likely not fit enough to hang since I havent been training for racing but I also know if I dont just try it anyway I may never have the proper motivation to really start training.
I am going to do some sprint intervals tomorrow during lunch in a feeble attempt to somewhat perpare myself for what I am getting myself into on Wednesday evening.
My goal is really just not to crash or get yelled at too much and see how long I can hang on and let the overall experience infect me for later.