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    I've done 15 races so far and get less nervous. Still get them a bit though - I assume it's normal to some extent. Sometimes I get nervous googling the course and planning it out. Got nervous driving up for a rainy crit on Saturday. And of course a little each time I line up right before they blow the whistle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Not sure if suffering or not but they are of me racing . Photos by: my girlfriend.


    I am the middle one on the back row. This is the start of the race.


    I'm in this picture, too! I'm the one on the front to the right of Mr. Catlike helmet. Please PM me if you have any more picture from the race.

    Was a fun race (Cat 5 -34). 3-man break which held off until the end. Saw online that one of them had a NP of 332W (~4.3 w/kg) for the 21 miles, so no big surprise they stayed away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielrbaer View Post
    I'm in this picture, too! I'm the one on the front to the right of Mr. Catlike helmet. Please PM me if you have any more picture from the race.

    Was a fun race (Cat 5 -34). 3-man break which held off until the end. Saw online that one of them had a NP of 332W (~4.3 w/kg) for the 21 miles, so no big surprise they stayed away.
    Awesome! It was a really fun race. was there a crash? I heard somebody go down behind me on the first lap but I did not really want to look. I think we started off being 16 people and ended up being 14 in the results sheet. Also, I did not even try to go with the first break and I am glad I didn't since I would have probably been dropped and would have been way too fatigued to have kept with the main field afterwards.

    I'll have to check the pics when I get home but I will tell you.. my GF is not known for being a bad photographer but rather a horrendous photographer. So anything I have (except for the shot above) will most likely be crap. I'll let you know though. It was nice racing with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Awesome! It was a really fun race......
    Likewise. There was a pretty bad crash -- though I was in front of it at the time and only heard it.

    For some reason, i'm not listed on the pre-reg results -- finished in the pack but not exactly sure where. Anyways, I don't want to clog this thread up too much -- I might be out for the river shoals race.

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    Trying to catch the group at cherry pie after missing my start...

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    saddle up, forward a little bit, and bend at the hips.

    looks wet, which is the true misery maker.

    Did you catch on?

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    Me in the green here, Red Trolley 2014 cat5, mid pack finish but I like to use it all up! (pic by Kawika Ohumukini)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    saddle up, forward a little bit, and bend at the hips.

    looks wet, which is the true misery maker.

    Did you catch on?
    It was very wet! Got within 20 seconds, formed a small group, but never caught the main field. First race of the year, frustrating to do something stupid like miss the start, but if I am going to make a mistake, so be it, get it out of the way.

    Saddle up a little more? I'll have to play with that today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperlitenerd View Post
    It was very wet! Got within 20 seconds, formed a small group, but never caught the main field. First race of the year, frustrating to do something stupid like miss the start, but if I am going to make a mistake, so be it, get it out of the way.

    Saddle up a little more? I'll have to play with that today.
    Almost did the same on Saturday. I got to the race and realized I forgot my helmet. Luckily, my wife was able to run one down just in time. I was able to throw it on and jump in the back. Also, got lucky that she grabbed an old beater of a helmet so I wasn't too upset when it got thrashed in my crash. Quite nerve racking to still be at your car when your group is lined up getting instructions.

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    Tour of New Braunfels Cat 4 RR a couple weekends ago. This is the end of my 4-mile solo TT to secure 3rd behind a teammate and another guy who stayed away. You can see the battle for 4th looming behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hack View Post
    Almost did the same on Saturday. I got to the race and realized I forgot my helmet. Luckily, my wife was able to run one down just in time. I was able to throw it on and jump in the back. Also, got lucky that she grabbed an old beater of a helmet so I wasn't too upset when it got thrashed in my crash. Quite nerve racking to still be at your car when your group is lined up getting instructions.
    Actually, in hindsight I think it would have been luckier if she didn't get you the helmet in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrell View Post
    Tour of New Braunfels Cat 4 RR a couple weekends ago. This is the end of my 4-mile solo TT to secure 3rd behind a teammate and another guy who stayed away. You can see the battle for 4th looming behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    Actually, in hindsight I think it would have been luckier if she didn't get you the helmet in time.

    Too true. I think I was parked next to you. I recall a Pearl Izumi kit and a Cervelo S2 on the car next to me while I sat shivering in a daze trying to think if I should drive home or call for a ride.

    Been going over the race in my head, should have been further up going into that last turn so I didn't get stuck as bad as I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    You'll always be able to spot your team mates with that kit.
    It's true. I have to keep an eye on a couple of them around here.

    Good race there Tyrell

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    You'll always be able to spot your team mates with that kit.
    Not that we're locked into any particular color scheme but for as long as I've belonged, my team has been sponsored by JBL, so we have a nice bright orange accent color. But every year the argument is black jerseys or white jerseys. I keep arguing to go the Euskatel route and go solid orange jerseys with black shorts. It would sure make picking out teammates in a pack much easier. I guess I'll renew my argument next fall.
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    2nd ever CX race, and last of the season. Photos from friend John:




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    Quote Originally Posted by danielrbaer View Post
    I'm in this picture, too! I'm the one on the front to the right of Mr. Catlike helmet. Please PM me if you have any more picture from the race.

    Was a fun race (Cat 5 -34). 3-man break which held off until the end. Saw online that one of them had a NP of 332W (~4.3 w/kg) for the 21 miles, so no big surprise they stayed away.
    That's pretty legit on that course for Cat5. I only averaged 4.8 w/kg (for 40 minutes) in my 2 man breakaway on that course last year in the Cat3s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creatre View Post
    That's pretty legit on that course for Cat5. I only averaged 4.8 w/kg (for 40 minutes) in my 2 man breakaway on that course last year in the Cat3s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creatre View Post
    That's pretty legit on that course for Cat5. I only averaged 4.8 w/kg (for 40 minutes) in my 2 man breakaway on that course last year in the Cat3s.
    Yeah, it was pretty fast after the first 5 minutes or so. My NP in the pack was just under 4 w/kg. I think we caught the Cat 5 35+ at the end who started 5 minutes after the -34s.

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    From the BMW Performance Crit. Credit to: On the Rivet Photography, a facebook page.

    I am the one with all black, white booties and orange glasses.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Not sure if suffering or not but they are of me racing . Photos by: my girlfriend.


    I am the middle one on the back row. This is the start of the race.


    Contesting the sprint!! My first road race . I am the one on the right with black/red helmet and orange glasses


    Ok, I'll admit it. This is the pic where I was suffering the most. Warm up 20 minutes before the race. I was Shi*** myself. I hope those nerves come down the more I race because it is hard to take.
    You're a true inspiration after seeing that other photo of some walrus you claim to be you @ 215 (I can joke, right? Since that was then.. plus I used to be, ahem, oh, a tad heavier myself so I can talk). I'm wondering what your ride stats looked like (understand if you don't want to post your first races online).. I'm just wondering if I can hang. At least tell us, did you get dropped at anytime or did you keep up with the group the entire time?

    Either way, good job man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dralways View Post
    You're a true inspiration after seeing that other photo of some walrus you claim to be you @ 215 (I can joke, right? Since that was then.. plus I used to be, ahem, oh, a tad heavier myself so I can talk). I'm wondering what your ride stats looked like (understand if you don't want to post your first races online).. I'm just wondering if I can hang. At least tell us, did you get dropped at anytime or did you keep up with the group the entire time?

    Either way, good job man!
    Thanks man, I'm fine putting up some info. I got dropped the first day @ the crit. I was top 5-7 until lap 10 of 12. I made the mistake and decided to not follow an attack thinking I was going to get them later. Too late, they were gone. I can't blame it all on that. I was on the RED very badly too. Average speed was 24.8mph, Ave watts 251, Duration 34 minutes. A very flat ride with only 200 ft of climb for almost 14 miles.

    Road race, This one was much better. Hung out with the main pack and strategized to minimize energy consumption. Paid off at the sprint where I took a few places. Ended up 6/14 (+3 that crashed). Time: 00:57:36, Distance: 21.8mi, Ave power: 250watts, Ave speed 22.5mph. A little bit more climb on this one with almost 50ft per mile.

    Hope this helps. It is very tough, Cat 5 riders are strong riders even if it is the lowest cat. You should definitely try it, just be careful of crashes. They are very easy to get into.
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    TimeTrialPic.jpg My first race - the Mississippi River Bridge Time Trial 2/8/14. 18 degrees, gusty winds, road wet with patches of salt and sand. Big fun! Wasn't as fast as I hoped, but spent 94% of the race in zone 4, so at least I think I paced myself about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    From the BMW Performance Crit. Credit to: On the Rivet Photography, a facebook page.

    I am the one with all black, white booties and orange glasses.



    Niiice!~

    Man I wish the fields here were that small!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
    TimeTrialPic.jpg My first race - the Mississippi River Bridge Time Trial 2/8/14. 18 degrees, gusty winds, road wet with patches of salt and sand. Big fun! Wasn't as fast as I hoped, but spent 94% of the race in zone 4, so at least I think I paced myself about right.

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