This is the May 2nd running of the 2007 Greenbelt Training Series. There were 25 people in the field for this criterium race. This is the "C" race.
I made a few mistakes, namely:
- not staying out of the wind
- pulling the pack about 3 times
- not being energy efficient
- no, the race isn't almost over until you hear the bell for the last lap
I did get to practice:
- finding the line that is moving up
- wheel swinging (sometime unintentionally as I started to fatigue) to make more room around me
- high speed turns with many others around during the turn
.Work: .438 kJ
.TSS: .49.4 (intensity factor 0.847)
.Distance: .14.041 mi
.Elevation Gain: .1015 ft
.Elevation Loss: .1024 ft
.Grade: .0.0 % (0 ft)
.Power: .0.911.177 .watts
.Speed: .0.38.1.20.6 .mph
Due to my stuborn efforts to pull the pack, in the end, I fell out the back coming in nearly dead last (I think there may have been one other person behind me who was hurting more than me.) As I crossed the line, I asked the head referee for a bottle of oxygen.
One thing that I and another team member noticed was that there seemed to be a lot of braking during the race. An example of what I'm referring to, is that the pack dropped down to 17 MPH after coming off a hill at nearly 40 MPH, instead of utilizing some of that speed to carry them thru the corner.
Also, it seemed like every time that the road started heading up, the pack sat up, waiting for some fool (me ) to jump out front and pull them up the hill. BAD NORACER! BAD! BAD!