Got to the race an hour and 15 minutes before the start of race 1 for CAT 5. Met a team mate at registration. He's riding race 2 for CAT 5. Got changed into my kit. Stood in the registration line and finally got through the line with 30 minutes left before the start of the race. Not much time to warm up.
My plan--pack fodder, since this was my first road race. I wanted to experience it, but not really contend.
First two laps, I felt good even though I had a very limited warm-up.
Third lap--bad patch. Found myself falling off of what I thought was the back of the pack.
Fourth lap--worked my way back up to the top 10, but not without some effort.
Last lap--still near the front, but on the last hill that leads to the finish, I didn't have anything left to kick with and was DFL for the front pack, but not the race. I finished 24th. That actually qualified me to be able to race in R3 (top 25 in R1 and R2), but I decided that I had enough for the day, since I struggled to stay with the front pack by the end of R1.
My team mate, Tim, finished 3rd in R2 and 4th in R3.
Here's my CyclingPeaks chart for the race: