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    Now Racer Ex Vinokurtov's Avatar
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    Race 50 for the year, 100 in the books

    Along with 51 & 101 lifetime. Short, tight crit course with a ferocious headwind. Results? The team put two into the top 7 in the first race, constantly attacking and controlling the front at all tiimes. Stiff legs meant that I did the domestique thing, getting in the way, grinning back when the chasers looked behind them to see who was sitting on. Very cool to watch and participate in. I think I snuck into the top 20 or so in the final sprint.

    And our Main Cat One Man crushed the numerically superior evil empire folks in the second, feeding on the morale support and some luck, good for him, bad for the two leaders who biffed on the last lap. And we got third too. Legs finally gave out with 5 to go, sitting around the top ten, couldn't get power no matter which button I pushed on the handlebars. Vacations, while most relaxing, don't do a lot to keep the legs in condition to hammer for two hours with the 1/2 studs. I am old, hear me whimper.

    Winding down, one more race weekend (alrgiht, maybe two) then it's time to wax up the cross bike.

    Phew. Long season, the good, bad and ugly. One big time win, bunch of top tens, 3 crashes, several abandons, more mechanicals then I've ever seen, and 2 upgrades.

    Thoughts on the season:

    - Team racing, done right, is a beautiful thing.
    - Team racing, done poorly, is worse than racing alone, unless you've got multiple personalities that beeatch at each other.
    - You are as old as you feel, and that can go from 18 to 92 in the same race day
    - The best thing in racing is being in that break that makes it and you win. Especially if someone get's it on video in front of a crowd, on a 23% grade :

    http://revver.com/video/24753/

    - The second best thing is getting yelled at for pulling too hard
    - Primes are nature's way of telling us that wheelsucking is unrewarding

    And finally:

    Bike racing is not a sport, it's a sickness that only fellow sufferers understand.
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    Used to be a climber.. GuitarWizard's Avatar
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    That's a lot of races....you get burned out at any point?
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    You are seriously ill...but you already knew that

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    Just out of curiosity, what do you do for a living that you can do 50 races in a season? that's 2 per week for 6 months.

    OK, it's not just out of curiosity--there's some envy and frustration there too.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    That's a lot of races....you get burned out at any point?
    I got burned out mentally about midway through the season, still operating at 95% physically, but didn't have the drive to suffer through some races. Had a week or so off and that helped.

    Definitely feeling it though, next year I won't be chasing points (there's no real need for me to upgrade to Cat 2, the Master's stuff is all 1/2/3) so I'm going to have a real program with real peaks, and some real recovery peroids.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Just out of curiosity, what do you do for a living that you can do 50 races in a season? that's 2 per week for 6 months.

    OK, it's not just out of curiosity--there's some envy and frustration there too.
    I'm a writer/editor. Getting to 50 was a lot of racing, but I'm at that advanced age where I can ride a bunch of classes at any particular race. I think my record is five in one weekend. We also have a top notch twilight series where I live that's as fast as the USCF stuff. Last year I concentrated on that, this year I only rode a few and did mostly USCF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Just out of curiosity, what do you do for a living that you can do 50 races in a season? that's 2 per week for 6 months.

    OK, it's not just out of curiosity--there's some envy and frustration there too.
    He's probably a Dr..

    Or maybe one of those semi-retired Silicon Valley techie guys who avoided going down in flames before the bubble burst (unlike me ). I'm envious too.
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    Dude, just because we are strong in numbers does not mean we are evil.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    Go Vino! That is a lot of racing!
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE
    Dude, just because we are strong in numbers does not mean we are evil.
    Hey Steve, I was talking about the bag boys. It's the whole Darth Vadar thing with the black, plus they had 9 guys in the 1/2/3.

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    Congrats on a great season!
    We haven't raced together since way back when we were in the 4/5's so I hope to see you in a race soon.
    Will I be seeing you in the 35+/45+ race in Santa Cruz on Sunday?
    Giro di SF?
    San Rafael Crit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man
    Congrats on a great season!
    We haven't raced together since way back when we were in the 4/5's so I hope to see you in a race soon.
    Will I be seeing you in the 35+/45+ race in Santa Cruz on Sunday?
    Giro di SF?
    San Rafael Crit?
    Santa Cruz, nope. Giro, yes. San Rafeal, love to but the wife is making me take her on vacation for our 20th. Tried to sell her that San Rafeal was awesome this time of year, and even oferred to give her 1/2 of any primes I might win. Took me about twenty minutes to convince her to put down my new frame and put the hacksaw away. I just got done polishing her new Orbea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza Man
    Congrats on a great season!
    We haven't raced together since way back when we were in the 4/5's so I hope to see you in a race soon.
    Will I be seeing you in the 35+/45+ race in Santa Cruz on Sunday?
    Giro di SF?
    San Rafael Crit?
    You were in cat 4/5 like what, last month?

    I wana here how you do it too Pizza Man.

    Congrats Vino on 50 + races. You are truely insain and cannot have a family.
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    And 52 last night. Our local RR Championships. Bunch of our 20's & 30's 1/2 guys showed up, so I knew in advance I was going OTB at some point...couple of them are top 15 finishers against the best domestic pros.

    Things hung together until we hit the infamous "Wall", then the pack shattered. I knew on the first climb that my legs were concrete (complete with rebar), ended up a minute and change back in one of the many small chase groups.

    Just past the 1/2 way point we came on a crash in the "B" race, I stopped to help, turns out it was my good buddy. He's OK, bruised and rashed but nothing broken and was able to ride back to the parking area. My coach ended up winning my race in a break, studly indeed.

    At this point in the year I've got 90 minutes worth of hard effort, then the legs go. And they seem to be the limiting factor, not the engine (cardio)...

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    I was wondering what happened when we went by, was that what the med truck was for? Fun though, the wall is the only place I can get away from people, after that it dosen't matter if I have 5 min.(had about 2 last night) on them, they always pull me back in on the flats.

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    Yeah. He was up and riding when we saw them come by. Flagged them down and told them it was OK. He hit down on his hip really hard and was out of it for a bit.

    To make a break there you need to drag someone with you or be much stronger than everone else. Last year I made it work with one other guy and another time with a group of four total. You have to have enough lead at the turn around to make the chasers give up.

    Where'd you finish?

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    third, I got out sprinted on the line (like always). there are usually two or three others that go over pretty close to me and link up and work together on the way back, which is what happened yesterday at about the turn onto the dam but I lack that final turn of speed to out sprint them on the line.

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    i think training is more mentally exhausting than racing. at least for me, since i can only race once on the weekend and usually train solo during the week. the whole process of motivating myself to climb a hill a bunch of times at 6am until i feel ready to puke is draining. i think i'd feel less burnt out, actually, if i had more opporunities to race.

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    That's a lot of entry fees Vino. I can comiserate. I raced about 200 times over 10 years. Was it worth all that driving/entry fee paying? Hell yes. Loved it. Glad you're enjoying it.

    Too bad you can't buy a USCF Season Pass : ).

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