1km 3 turn 60 minute crit
11th race of the season
3rd as a cat 4
1st with cat 3s
I was kind of dreading this race because I dont feel ready to ride with fast cat 4s let alone cat 3s.
Combine that with the hard race the day before I thought this was going to be a disaster.
Just like my first crit as a 4 I ended staying in the back the entire time. Thankfully this race was a tad
slower and the corners space apart enough to make that not kill me. This was the smoothest race I have
been in so far even though I ran over a water bottle at one point.
7 minutes into the race I was already telling myself I would never make it. After 15 they announced there
would be 30 laps remaining! UGH.
the next 15 laps were over before I knew it and by then I knew I would be fine. I even moved up a few
spaces so i at least wouldnt be dead last in the pack the entire time.
I had a very scary moment right near the end of the race. I was comming through a corner with some
nice speed when I almost ran directly into a fading rider. I grabbed my front brake and my back wheel
came totally off the ground! Some how it came back down fine and with speed so I was able to get
around the rider fine. Thankfully I was in the back when this happened so it didnt affect anyone else.
On the last lap I worked my way up a tiny bit but I was no where close to the front for the sprint. I
finished 39 out of 80 and 21st of the 4s.
Things I learned.
Being a new cat 4 I am intimidated by the seasoned 4s and 3s. I need to get over this.
I cant sulk if I am in the back of the field. I need to realize I am actually conserving a lot of energy by
drafting well and I should have had plenty of energy to move up on the last few laps.
I need to get over the "I hope I can hang" mentality.
I need to get more confident and smooth in the corners.
I have gotten a lot better at catching a draft out of a corner so I dont have to stand up and hammer to
get back to the group. I just let the guy in front of me drag me back.
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