I rode in my second race yesterday, Bike Jam 2003/Race for Pulaski in Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD. It was a fairly flat, very fast course. On the second lap I was dropped at the one severe turn in the circuit and I never caught up to the peleton again. I tried working with some other guys for awhile. However, on the sixth lap a race official waved us off the course because we'd fallen too far behind.
Now I'm really bummed. Training has been tough because the weather has been really bad. I'm not all that fast yet so a few missed or shortened training days make a huge difference.
I rode hard all Winter, always telling myself that by mid April the weather would be great. Today is May 25th and we've had 15 days of rain this month! Most rides are in the mid 50's or less because I ride early in the morning or very late at night. Sometimes it's like early March all over again.
Now I'm falling into a slump. There's a steady rain today, but I feel like I need to spend at least two hours on the road. I'm just having trouble finding the motivation after such a lousy performance yesterday.
I don't know if I'm asking for advice or just unloading. I'll opt for the first choice and ask if you've had a similar experience. How did you climb back out of it?