The Big Question:
Should I Feel Guilty that I Could Still Ride My Bike?
I didn't win this race, I can't pinpoint the problem yet, I have an amazing bike, I have poweful legs, I have an alright teammate on superior equipment [albeit, I could outpace if I was on my deathbed] , yet I couldn't win today. And the worst thing is that I didn't break myself trying to win. Hell, I drove home, got my car E-Checked, came onto BF, and then rode [very fast] to work for 4 hours building bikes.
I wasn't sore, and that pisses me off. Is that alright?
In case you're wondering, I came in third again. Since nobody here knows me, that pisses me off. I should have won that race. I had that race until the last 150 ft. I tried consoling myself with the fact that I finished a lot closer to the leaders, but it doesn't work. Third place is awful for me, especially with people who I'm superior in every way to on a bike EXCEPT for in a sprint.
But I've got some high-points for the race, which will happen every race here on out.
-We finished with the Cat 5's (I beat the 4th palced 5, who I could never keep up with on a ride)
-I conserved a lot more energy by drafting.
-I was a lot more confident in the pack and cornering.
-I handled the bike and myself much more precisely.
-I came prepared and everything went off without a hitch
-I got in a very nice warmup.
-I felt much more powerful and had no cramps.
Throughout the race, I noticed that I wasn't pushing as hard a gear as I was last week, and that's good I guess since I wasn't using as much energy, yet I was moving faster. Also, I was crushing people on the very gradual grade we had there. If the finish was on a 15% grade, I'm sure that I'd finish ahead of the Cat 5's even on Junior gearing (Boy do I miss my 12 tooth...).
So, since I only have to work Tuesday and Thursday this week (unless my second boss calls me, two jobs is a *****) so I'll practice uphill sprints and the ol' 40mph sprint.
And finally some stats from the race. Since my parents don't load there Passat wagons with Cannondale/Cervelo stickers and a bike rack and buy Lotus Elise's, BMW 3 series' and carbon Cervelo's, I don't have a great computer with cadence, HRM and a powermeter, so I'm left to the bare essentials.
Length: 14.13 miles
Average Speed: 22.3 mph (What???)
Maximum Speed: 33.3 mph
Time: 37:09 minutes