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Old 03-18-07, 01:40 PM   #1
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That's what I was today. My first real race (UMD President's crit, see Dr. Pete's anxiety thread).

My first training race as a Cat 5 I felt great and finished top 1/3rd. This was totally different.

First I almost got taken out in the first turn by some dude who careened across the entire turn and almost leveled 10 guys. It was the sketchiest move I have ever seen in any race or group ride.

Then my head was just out of it and I was off the back from the very start. Never in the race. It was a really windy course and there was no pack and nowhere to hide. It was like a cyclocross race -- most everyone was riding by themselves or in groups of 2 or 3.

I finished 28 of 34. Oh, and I got lapped by the lead riders TWICE.

Really a bummer because it is clear to me that I am not competitive yet, even in Cat 5s. I guess I have some work to do.
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That's what I was today. My first real race (UMD President's crit, see Dr. Pete's anxiety thread).

My first training race as a Cat 5 I felt great and finished top 1/3rd. This was totally different.

First I almost got taken out in the first turn by some dude who careened across the entire turn and almost leveled 10 guys. It was the sketchiest move I have ever seen in any race or group ride.

Then my head was just out of it and I was off the back from the very start. Never in the race. It was a really windy course and there was no pack and nowhere to hide. It was like a cyclocross race -- most everyone was riding by themselves or in groups of 2 or 3.

I finished 28 of 34. Oh, and I got lapped by the lead riders TWICE.

Really a bummer because it is clear to me that I am not competitive yet, even in Cat 5s. I guess I have some work to do.
so what was this? your 2nd race?
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Old 03-18-07, 01:58 PM   #3
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Yeah. First race was a training race. This was number two.
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Another victim of the squirrels in turn 1. Those furry little buggers'll getcha. See my report in the anxiety thread for my version too...

Ghostman, don't let this discourage you too much. I talked to a lot of our more experienced guys after I got pulled and chatted with you, and felt better about it. This is very, very typical of this course.

I want beer. You should have beer too.
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Another victim of the squirrels in turn 1. Those furry little buggers'll getcha. See my report in the anxiety thread for my version too...

Ghostman, don't let this discourage you too much. I talked to a lot of our more experienced guys after I got pulled and chatted with you, and felt better about it. This is very, very typical of this course.

I want beer. You should have beer too.

+1. Except I shouldn't have the beer.
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+1. Except I shouldn't have the beer.
beer can be good, see "race report (march 17th)"
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Clearly there is one thing we all agree on, the salutary nature of malt and hops-based carbonated beverages....
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I cant!
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Did the Baltic drinking gene skip a generation in your family?
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i dont know why i dont like alcohol. My father was an alkie and so is my uncle. I guess Im lucky.
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