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Old 03-17-07, 05:01 PM   #1
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Race Report (March 17th)

I raced today. I attacked 1 meter after the start. Details tomorrow. That is all.

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Oh come on botto....don't leave us hangin'
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Oh come on botto....don't leave us hangin'
It's 12:17 AM, Sunday the 18th where I am, I've been drinking beer for over 6 hours, the only thing close to dinner that I've eaten is some tortilla chips, and I have to wake up in 6 hours for another ride.

Hang you shall.
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It's 12:17 AM, Sunday the 18th where I am, I've been drinking beer for over 6 hours, the only thing close to dinner that I've eaten is some tortilla chips, and I have to wake up in 6 hours for another ride.

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Either you won, or you are drowning your sorrows in that great American pasttime of drinking too much on St. Pat's Day. Either way...



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Oh yeah, speaking of St. Pat's Day, I hear if you go out drinking in Holland these days, it pays off to have on an oversized novelty button that says, "Kiss Me, I'm botto!"
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Either you won, or you are drowning your sorrows in that great American pasttime of drinking too much on St. Pat's Day. Either way...



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50% correct.
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atta boy!

You won, I know it.
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I raced today. I attacked 1 meter after at the start. Details tomorrow. That is all.

You strategist...
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Ay, don't discount attacking at the starting line. I won my last race last year doing that and beat the guy in second place by 4 minutes
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happy St patty's day Botto.
good job on the race( I think)
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Ay, don't discount attacking at the starting line. I won my last race last year doing that and beat the guy in second place by 4 minutes

You're an animal...nay, a beast.

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Ay, don't discount attacking at the starting line. I won my last race last year doing that and beat the guy in second place by 4 minutes
I'm giving it serious thought for tomorrow's race... lots of places where a pack can get caught up, and I'm feeling pretty good. I also have 7 teammates racing tomorrow...

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Hey, why not! The worst thing that happens is you get caught and chill in the pack.
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Hey, why not! The worst thing that happens is you get caught and chill in the pack.
Or get caught and get my legs ripped off. Apparently this race is known to thin the pack pretty quickly--I think it was MDCatV who mentioned that one of the races (either 4's or 5's, can't remember) finished with like 16 guys in the pack.

I mean, I've been feeling pretty good these last couple weeks and have been able to stay at/near the front of the pack in the local 3/4/5 training race, and I've been tapering this week since this is an "A" race. I'm kind of torn between the "nothing ventured, nothing gained" approach and the thought that if I hang with the pack for a few laps and I'm not trashed I could attack mid- to late-race, or if it's really that tough of a pace, duke it out in the field sprint.

I just don't know...
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DrPete....

Give it a go!...in the fine tradition of Steve Prefontaine. You are not racing to win, but to see who has the most guts. Make 'em hurt!!!!
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Pete,

im getting so nervous for tomorrows race. i just want to stay with the group and not crash.
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im getting so nervous for tomorrows race. i just want to stay with the group and not crash.
Ah, but when you get in there, and work out those nerves, and your adrenaline hits, the wildman will take over! Don't sweat it: everyone's nervous. If you know your strengths, play to them, and, most of all, enjoy yourself.

I found for the past two years I'd train my ass off, anticipate the season with great relish, but then when it arrived, I'd destroy any enjoyment with excess anxiety. This year I'm really going to try to enjoy it as I go. One of the things that has really helped me enjoy this season so far has been developing a much larger goal. In the past, the most important race was merely the next one. Now I'm really just taking each race as preparation towards my goal event.
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So when is drunken botto going to get up and give the hung-over race report?
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So when is drunken botto going to get up and give the hung-over race report?
botto should be out riding right now, but thanks to 30+MPH winds, you will get your race report sooner than scheduled.
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I raced today. I attacked 1 meter after at the start. Details tomorrow. That is all.
As i was waiting at the line for the race to start, with about 70 guys behind me, I thought never again.

No more beer sessions in smokey squatter bars with 70s punk, and 80s post punk, until 2AM the night before a race.

While I was busy making this resolution to myself, one of the local hard men pulled alongside. I used to refer to him as van der Moser, because he has a similar profile, and is strong as hell. He made some small talk that was nigh impossible to understand. This was partly due to the fact that i was still groggy from my late night, partly because it was in Dutch, and partly because this is a guy of very few words, which made it all the more surprising that he was saying anything at all to me.

He was asking if i was a conservative/smart rider. I asked him how do you say 'rhetorical' in Dutch, because we had spent 20+ mins off the front together the week before. It was an odd chat, maybe he was trying to say something to me?

The race started, and as you all know, I attacked 1 meter from the line.

I almost always ride a few meters off the front at the gun, to test the legs. It's easy to do because this race always has a sluggish start.

My initial impressions were pretty good. Surprisingly good. I looked over my shoulder, expecting/hoping the field to be right behind me. Nope, but there was someone riding up to me. Yep, it was van der Moser.

We started working together, I figured "what the hell, we'll be caught soon enough". incorrect.

The prospect of spending the entire 1 hour plus 6 laps of the race on the pointy end of the stick was not really appealing, but I figured that as much as it sucked to be out in the wind, it was better to be out in the wind with a gap, then out in the wind with a bunch of schmucks sucking your wheel, which would have been the case if I was in the field. After that thought passed through my head, I actually though of some of the stuff in the " Racing and pain -- an observation" thread, and did my best NOT TO THINK. Whenever I started thinking of the situation I was in I started singing the Teddy Bears (featuring Iggy Pop) "I'm a Punk Rocker" in my head.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.

20 minutes into the race, i saw out of the corner of my eye, that there were some riders coming . Hmmmmm... relief. Now I can hide in the field. incorrect.

One of the two is a fantastic sprinter and has obviously done some good winter training because 2 weeks ago he rode away from an 8 man break I was in with 2 guys on his wheel, never to come back. The other guy I had noticed just before the start, only because he was there with what looked to be his parents. They were both... well fed, and had cigarettes dangling from their mouths. Seeing as I quit a 2 pack a day habit 14 months ago, the cigarettes are what caught my attention. I could smell the smoke, and found myself tempted to ask for a drag.

So, there we were, four of us, off the front. That's when I started to realize that this might work.

We were working well together, apart from the occasional overzealous pull by van der Moser. At 30 minutes we heard that we had a 30 second gap, and my kidneys hurt a little.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.


There was a prime, and surprisingly one of the 4 said that we should ignore it and keep working. Shock horror, someone was actually thinking besides me.

I started taking some heart at the sight of guys OTB. They were spread around the course, in groups of 2 to 5. Some just soft-pedaling back to the strip, some trying their best to catch the field again. At one point one of them jumped on to our group. The four of us kept taking our pulls, and the guy just sat there. Finally, i turned around and shouted (in English) - "Work or **** Off!" In retrospect, not the smartest thing to do. It threw off my concentration, and for some reason I found myself rolling off the back, almost getting dropped. Then I realized that I was yelling at one of the guys in the break.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.


At 50 mins, we were told that we had 1:40 on the field. We kept working.

Time passed, we kept it rolling. There was one stretch where we would go from 43-44 kph to 47-48 kph, then turn, hit a wall of wind, and then grind up a 20 meter long walll at 20-25 kph, which i've heard is 22% (not sure why anyone would ever measure the percentage of bridge that spans a single car lane).

The wind, and the hill were starting to wear me down a little. A couple of times I almost lost contact, not in the wind, and not on the hill, but just as we crested the hill, and rolled down into more headwind. I kept digging, thinking of Event "we're going to yell at you" Services line 'when you think you don't have anything left, you do', or something like that.

We passed the start/finish and I noticed that a friend who was in the race was now watching. There's a Dutch saying "twee fingertjes in de nose", or two fingers in/up the nose. It basically means that "it's easy" On the next lap, as I rode by, I stuck two fingers up my nose. WTF - it's not like I was getting paid to be there.

At one hour we got the signal that there were 6 laps to go. Surprisingly there was no Mickey Mouse stuff going, and we kept working together. That was all good by me. I started throwing up a little in my mouth with 5 laps to go.

With three laps to go I started skipping pulls. I'd like to say it was because I was being tactical. It was, and it wasn't. I was shattered, and my calves started cramping a little. Nothing major, just warning signs. Why did I have so many beers the night before?
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am.

Two laps to go and I was letting a gap open when van der Moser was pulling, because he was so strong, and the sprinter was behind me. I didn't want him entirely fresh for the end.

On the last lap, van der Moser tried an attack. Man was he fast after spending well over an hour in the wind. The sprinter caught on, and I was gapped. I dug deep and bridged back on, while the FNG with the chain smoking parents then proceeded to sit on me.

We hit the last wall of wind, and the last climb, then it was 500 meters to the finish. I was on the sprinters wheel, sitting pretty, thinking that I just might be able to pull this off.

Wait... wait... wait... wait... wait...

And that was the problem. I waited too long. Should have gone myself. The sprinter jumped, and I had his wheel, then the FNG, who was on my wheel, jumped past me.

**** me. Blew it. Blew it so bad, that even van der Moser - the worst sprinter evar - even managed to get past me.

Only managed 4th for the day, after 1:22 off the front, finishing 2 minutes ahead of the field.

In the words of Beck:
Soy un perdedor
I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?


That is all.

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There are no losers in the breakaway.

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incorrect. there were 3 losers.
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incorrect. there were 3 losers.
Incorrect. Just one. But you still raced pretty good.

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