Well, as I mentioned in another post, yesterday was my first crit. A cat 5 race in Miami. I lasted all of 15 mins before falling off the back.
My background: I have been participating/competing in triathlons for about 4 years now. Completed 4 Ironman triathlons, numerous marathons, etc. My endurance is fairly good.
Competed in my first Time Trial last month.. averaged just over 24m.p.h. for 10 miles. 24:49 mins. Heart rate avg. 180, HR Max 197.
I started riding with groups twice a week about 6 weeks ago. I never have a problem keeping up with the leaders, or covering break-aways during these rides, and most of the front guys race cat 3. Usually up front most of the time, doing as much work as I can. (with limited ride time, I don't want to sit on someone's wheel very much)
So I headed out to the race and got killed by all the turns. Out of the saddle trying to catch up, only to slow down for another turn right away. ACk!!
Now I'm looking for some suggestions on how to train better. I'll keep up the group rides, but again, those don't seem to be a problem. No matter what the pace is, I do fine. I know I need to spend more time on the bike to start with. Right now I get 20 mi. on tues, 20 on thurs, and usually 40-60mi. on SAt or Sun.
I have a computrainer, so I can do some structured workouts.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help is greatly appreciated!