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    Race today--What the hell am I so worried about?

    Today's the first big race of the season around here, the University of Maryland Crit. Supposed to be one pack shredder of a race owing to lots of turns, a short/steep hill on each lap, and not the widest of roads. It's my first "A" race of the season. I just don't know why I'm so stressed about this.

    I feel good, the legs feel fresh, my bike is totally dialed-in. I've been in my "race" week all week, doing short rides with a couple high-intensity efforts in there to keep the legs fresh. Yesterday was a quick recovery ride, but I threw one hard sprint in there and managed to hit my highest peak power so far--on the trainer. This is my first foray with CyclingPeaks, but the Performance Manager says my TSB has come up quite a bit. I've managed some good performances at the training races in a pack that included some cat 3's. My team absolutely rocks, and I know will work hard to support any of us in a break.

    Why am I doubting myself? I mean, there's nothing else I could do to prepare myself better for this race. I've done what I can do. Now I'm sitting here agonizing over it, unsure of when to take my shot off the front. I'm not the greatest sprinter and I think the course favors a breakaway, so getting off the front is really my goal.

    I guess for some reason I still don't feel like I belong off the front. I mean, I was a cat 5 barely hangin' on just a few months ago. Survival is somehow a less anxiety-provoking goal than winning, though.

    Ah, hell. When the whistle blows, what's gonna happen is gonna happen. My training's been pretty good, I'm fed, I'm rested. I need to stop stressing, but it's easier said than done.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Given the course description, it sounds to me like being off the front might be easier than being on the back end of the accordion. So go for it! Nothing to lose really. The great part of being on a good team is that you can do those things and know that you're doing your job if you make other teams have to work. Even if you fail, there are others on your team that will pick up the slack while thanking you for your effort that made the other teams burn some matches in the process. No worries man - have fun.

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    Anybody who rides off the front, and stays off the front, belongs off the front.

    Stop thinking about it, and just go for it.

    If all else fails, start pouring some beer down your throat. Works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Today's the first big race of the season around here... It's my first "A" race of the season.

    ......Survival is somehow a less anxiety-provoking goal than winning, though.
    ^^That's why and it's totally normal^^

    Try to turn your worry into concern (there's a slight difference IMO) and use it to help you think about the right things to do and energize your legs & lungs.

    Good luck.
    "...in Las Vegas where -the electric bills are staggering -the decor hog wild -and the entertainment saccharine -what a golden age -what a time of right and reason -the consumer's king -and unhappiness is treason..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    Today's the first big race of the season around here, the University of Maryland Crit. Supposed to be one pack shredder of a race owing to lots of turns, a short/steep hill on each lap, and not the widest of roads. It's my first "A" race of the season. I just don't know why I'm so stressed about this.

    I feel good, the legs feel fresh, my bike is totally dialed-in. I've been in my "race" week all week, doing short rides with a couple high-intensity efforts in there to keep the legs fresh. Yesterday was a quick recovery ride, but I threw one hard sprint in there and managed to hit my highest peak power so far--on the trainer. This is my first foray with CyclingPeaks, but the Performance Manager says my TSB has come up quite a bit. I've managed some good performances at the training races in a pack that included some cat 3's. My team absolutely rocks, and I know will work hard to support any of us in a break.

    Why am I doubting myself? I mean, there's nothing else I could do to prepare myself better for this race. I've done what I can do. Now I'm sitting here agonizing over it, unsure of when to take my shot off the front. I'm not the greatest sprinter and I think the course favors a breakaway, so getting off the front is really my goal.

    I guess for some reason I still don't feel like I belong off the front. I mean, I was a cat 5 barely hangin' on just a few months ago.
    Survival is somehow a less anxiety-provoking goal than winning, though.

    Ah, hell. When the whistle blows, what's gonna happen is gonna happen. My training's been pretty good, I'm fed, I'm rested. I need to stop stressing, but it's easier said than done.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    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.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    when it comes to bike racing, I'm convinced that intelligence is actually a handicap.

    you can over-think things, let too many concerns distract you from what you have to do, etc.

    if you don't believe me: listen to your average pro racer getting interviewed.

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    ...in the end, it's just a bike race.

    Have fun....that's what's it all about.
    Hip, "Halffast Celebrity Fashionista"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcycler
    ...in the end, it's just a bike race.

    Have fun....that's what's it all about.
    +1

    and remember...



    You're going back to the front, boy.

    You may get shot, and you may get killed, but you're going back to the fighting.

    Either that, or I'll stand you up before a firing squad. Why, I ought to shoot you right now, you...

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    I'm feeling some jitters myself, I'm completely unprepared. only reason I'm on the internet right now is to see what time the race started, kind of hoping it was an hour ago. good luck fellow mabras who will be out there, I'll be the guy complaining about the wind and cold.

    Oh yeah, the guys to watch out for are the college racers doing the USCF races, they're probably mid season form right now.

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    I'm headed down to watch the collegiate A race to get a feel for the course... Should be fun.

    Best of luck to you, MDCatV, and everyone else.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    when it comes to bike racing, I'm convinced that intelligence is actually a handicap.

    you can over-think things, let too many concerns distract you from what you have to do, etc.

    if you don't believe me: listen to your average pro racer getting interviewed.
    correct

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    I once won a Cat 5 crit, had no plans to win, and didn't think I was fit enough to win, and had bever won one before.

    But late in the race I was just pedaling along after a hard prime, and I guess the guys were a bit tired and sitting up. I looked back and was amazed to see them back there falling behind me. I had a gap and I wasn't even really trying. So there was like 3 laps to go in this crit....decision time!!!!! Should I go???...or just bide my time and take my chances in the field sprint? Well, I went! I mean I put my head down and hammered harder than I had ever hammered. They chased, because they realized I had a good gap and they knew the race was winding down. My gap shrunk smaller and smaller. I could feel them right on me. Those three laps seemed like an eternity, but I hung on and won by a mere 2 inches. I was completely empty when I crossed the line, and just collpased on the side of the road. I couldn't believe I had just won a bike race. So yea, I agree that we can sometimes over think this stuff and become too tactical. Often it is simply decided on theroad. Just know that if you are one of the strongest guys then you will always be in with a chance. This is decided on the training roads during the week, rather than in the race itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamTheater
    I once won a Cat 5 crit, had no plans to win, and didn't think I was fit enough to win, and had bever won one before.

    But late in the race I was just pedaling along after a hard prime, and I guess the guys were a bit tired and sitting up. I looked back and was amazed to see them back there falling behind me. I had a gap and I wasn't even really trying. So there was like 3 laps to go in this crit....decision time!!!!! Should I go???...or just bide my time and take my chances in the field sprint? Well, I went! I mean I put my head down and hammered harder than I had ever hammered. They chased, because they realized I had a good gap and they knew the race was winding down. My gap shrunk smaller and smaller. I could feel them right on me. Those three laps seemed like an eternity, but I hung on and won by a mere 2 inches. I was completely empty when I crossed the line, and just collpased on the side of the road. I couldn't believe I had just won a bike race. So yea, I agree that we can sometimes over think this stuff and become too tactical. Often it is simply decided on theroad. Just know that if you are one of the strongest guys then you will always be in with a chance. This is decided on the training roads during the week, rather than in the race itself.
    that's one of the oldest tactics in the book. i'm always amazed at how well it still works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticfrost
    ^^That's why and it's totally normal^^

    Try to turn your worry into concern (there's a slight difference IMO) and use it to help you think about the right things to do and energize your legs & lungs.

    Good luck.
    Yep, I've always got the butterflies before a race, heck when I was racing cars I'd be sweating bullets on pre-grid. Once the cars rolled out or I turn a pedal they just disappear thats totally normal.

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    This is somehting every bike racer feels - particularly at the beginning of the season. It's motivated by the suconcious knowledge that you can use all the tech gadgets you want, but you won't know what kind of shape your in until you take on your first (or second, or third...) race. Best luck and tell us how it went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    that's one of the oldest tactics in the book. i'm always amazed at how well it still works.
    te he he he!

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    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.
    I love both versions of this song, Teddybears and Iggy's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    I love both versions of this song, Teddybears and Iggy's.
    It is a pretty great song.

    I dug-up a preview of the original:

    http://www.last.fm/music/Caesars+Palace/_/Punkrocker
    "...in Las Vegas where -the electric bills are staggering -the decor hog wild -and the entertainment saccharine -what a golden age -what a time of right and reason -the consumer's king -and unhappiness is treason..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticfrost
    It is a pretty great song.

    I dug-up a preview of the original:

    http://www.last.fm/music/Caesars+Palace/_/Punkrocker
    Nice! I like that version as well, sounds a lot like the Tbears version. I like the Iggy's version as it has much different lyrics to the Tbears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celticfrost
    It is a pretty great song.

    I dug-up a preview of the original:

    http://www.last.fm/music/Caesars+Palace/_/Punkrocker
    i believe you guys are confused, or to put it bluntly: incorrect.

    Teddybears wrote Punk Rocker with Iggy Pop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    i believe you guys are confused, or to put it bluntly: incorrect.

    Teddybears wrote Punk Rocker with Iggy Pop.
    Interesting considering the Iggy voiced version has different lyrics than the Teddybears version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    Interesting considering the Iggy voiced version has different lyrics than the Teddybears version.
    all i know is what's written on the CD booklet (plus the fact that a friend of mine is very good friends with the TB).

    saw them play that song here in the 'dam at a show in late '04 (sans iggy). they're fantastic live - their punk roots are more evident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    i believe you guys are confused, or to put it bluntly: incorrect.

    Teddybears wrote Punk Rocker with Iggy Pop.
    Alas, all I'm armed w/ is the stupid old internet:

    http://www.rocket.fm/rockoversweden/news/?ID=486
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teddybears

    "Joakim ┼hlund is also the lead guitarist and songwriter for the Caesars."

    I'm guessing he (┼hlund) must've wrote it and originally performed it w/ the Teddy Bears.

    I learn something new everyday. The key is being able to remember it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    all i know is what's written on the CD booklet (plus the fact that a friend of mine is very good friends with the TB).

    saw them play that song here in the 'dam at a show in late '04 (sans iggy). they're fantastic live - their punk roots are more evident.
    Teddybear version:

    You see me drivin' down the street, I'm just not looking good
    I got both hands of the wheel, I got you runnin'
    I'm listening to music you can't hear
    I got pretty music in my ear

    Cos I'm a punkrocker, yes I am
    Well I'm a punkrocker, yes I am

    I see you standing in the street, and you can't stay on your feet
    And your walking in your sleep, right across the street
    You can hear me laughing to myself
    You can hear the music in my head

    Cos I'm a punkrocker, yes I am
    Well I'm a punkrocker, yes I am

    You see me drivin' down the street, I'm just not looking good
    You see me drivin' in my car, I'm drivin' in my sleep
    I'm listening to music you can't hear
    I got pretty music in my ear

    Cos I'm a punkrocker, yes I am
    Well I'm a punkrocker, yes I am


    Iggy version:

    See me drivin down the street,
    I'm bored with looking good.
    I got both hands off the wheel,
    The cops are coming.
    I'm listening to the music with no fear,
    You can hear it too if your sincere...

    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.

    I see you stagger in the street,
    And you cant stay on your feet.
    And your faking in your sleep,
    You wish that you were deep.
    You can't hear me laughing to myself,
    If you could you would be someone else.

    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.

    See me die on bleaker street,
    I'm bored with being god,
    See me sneering in my car,
    I'm driving to my star.

    I'm listening to the music with no fear,
    You can hear it too if your sincere...


    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.

    Coz I'm a punk rocker yes I am.
    Well I'm a punk rocker yes I am

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