I went into my first race full of high hopes, although I had done no road racing before I had just finished my first track racing season. I had gradually improved throughout the track season where by the end of it I was starting to win the B grade races that I compete in.
The road race was 38km which was 2 laps of a windy flat course. I signed up for the B grade race and off we went.
It was possibly the most painful experience of my life!!!
In our race there was only 10 people, I hung onto the pack for about 3 quarters of the first lap and then going into a headwind I slowly lost contact. I went into time trial mode and decided to just pull out at the end of the first lap, I was so wasted. Fortunately for me another 2 riders had also been dropped, one of them caught up to me and we took turns taking pulls.
I was still totally trashed and by the end of the first lap I couldnt hold his wheel and I was again by myself. For some reason I didnt pull out at the end of the first lap.... I continued on and after awhile I slowly recovered and almost caught up to the rider ahead of me by the finish line.
So that was my first race, I finished 9th out of 10 riders. Having done that race though I am more determined then ever to become competitive.
I have some questions, my race averaged about 40km/hr. How do you develop the power to stay with them? I know intervals will proberly do that but I am a little confused about how to do intervals to develop this "staying power".
I am 21 years old and only 58kg, I noticed on my training rides that I seem to really suffer on flat windy roads but on rolling hills I seem to ride much better.