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Old 05-09-07, 07:47 PM   #1
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Greenbelt 5/9 race report

First race here this season. I didnt do to well.
I blew up on the last lap on the climb ended up coasting across the line again.
This is 4 races in a row that I hang in fine and then fade at the very end. Very frustrating.
I went on an easier 2 hour ride this morning that probably affected my race.

The positive to come out of this race is I was able to really work on taking in easy and conserving
energy. I was able to spend a lot of time not pedalling and that made the climb a lot easier.

The negative is that I again did a terrible job positioning. I started near the back and never really
moved up to far. I am just not fighting to move up and take a better position. I am getting tired
of typing that every week. I am not really sure how to even work on this.

There is just too many times I sit on a fading wheel instead of going around. A couple times on the
climb I got behind a slow wheel and just thought "ahh i can handle this pace" instead of bursting around.

here are the numbers

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Old 05-09-07, 08:34 PM   #2
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It looks like even toward the end of the race that your heart rate is still recovering on the downhill section, which is a good sign. I think if it were me I would run out of anaerobic work capacity before I ran out of aerobic capacity and perhaps that's what happening to you--especially if there are near-the-back-of-the-pack surges in addition to that hill.

Does this crit have a section where people seem to be sort of waiting or recovering such that you could move up without too much effort? I don't know the course but from your ride data it appears as though there's a section where people pick up speed without pedaling, followed by a sharp corner. In a recent crit I did I found that holding position up the hill required a lot of effort but if I could just make it to the top without losing position then everyone seemed to really soft-pedal or coast for the next little while preceding the downhill section. So I was essentially able to make up a lot of ground on the pack by continuing to pedal after the hill and then get back in line prior to the bottom-of-the-hill turn.

Alternatively, why not make it a goal to line up at the front of the race?

Riding for two hours on race day--even if it's just tooling around--also seems, um, counter-productive. That's a ride that would be better for the day before the race.

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Old 05-09-07, 09:28 PM   #3
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Average speed for the C race was 23.2. Not that much slower than the B's....
My wattage was just about exactly the same as yours for that race.

Those two hours did you in....
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Old 05-10-07, 04:48 AM   #4
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It looks like even toward the end of the race that your heart rate is still recovering on the downhill section, which is a good sign. I think if it were me I would run out of anaerobic work capacity before I ran out of aerobic capacity and perhaps that's what happening to you--especially if there are near-the-back-of-the-pack surges in addition to that hill.
At the bottem of the hill there is the right turn that hosts the only really surge of the course. I definitely waste the most energy being in the back here.

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Does this crit have a section where people seem to be sort of waiting or recovering such that you could move up without too much effort? I don't know the course but from your ride data it appears as though there's a section where people pick up speed without pedaling, followed by a sharp corner. In a recent crit I did I found that holding position up the hill required a lot of effort but if I could just make it to the top without losing position then everyone seemed to really soft-pedal or coast for the next little while preceding the downhill section. So I was essentially able to make up a lot of ground on the pack by continuing to pedal after the hill and then get back in line prior to the bottom-of-the-hill turn.
The double line rule makes it a little difficult to advance when everyone is recovering because of how wide the group gets. This section is right at the start/finish after the climb and leading into the downhill. I would usually gain any position on the downhill but this got sketchy with people flying all over the place and braking like crazy. I kept getting nervous one of the many people to cross the yellow line would end up swerving back over at speed.

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Alternatively, why not make it a goal to line up at the front of the race?
This is definitely my goal for next week. I'll just skip the stupid warmup lap to make sure I am in the front.

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Riding for two hours on race day--even if it's just tooling around--also seems, um, counter-productive. That's a ride that would be better for the day before the race.
sometimes i think i do this stuff on purpose just to have an excuse.
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Great meeting you, riskus! Maybe I'll see you there in a couple of weeks.
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You too noracer. I will see you out there again im sure. hopefully i will be in a better mood after a better result
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