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Old 06-06-07, 09:37 AM   #1
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Should be a good time in Ocala this weekend. I had to choose one race, so I chose the the age group day over the Cat 4. I'll be racing the 19-22 group, and the race is 63 miles. This will be my longest road race to date, wish me luck.
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Should be a good time in Ocala this weekend. I had to choose one race, so I chose the the age group day over the Cat 4. I'll be racing the 19-22 group, and the race is 63 miles. This will be my longest road race to date, wish me luck.
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BTW, there be hills in them woods. Enjoy!
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fantastic venue - 2 days of racing - age graded on Sat - cats on Sun
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I plan on riding down there from Gainesville on Sunday morning to watch some of the racing and then ride home. The last two Sunday mornings I rode down there just because it is a nice ride and also to scope out places to watch.

There is a section of pretty crappy pavement on the "downhill" (a couple of % negative gradient) section toward the finish. I rode that last Sunday morning at over 30 mph (very easy to do - folks will be FLYING through that this weekend at much higher speeds) and it just about rattled my fillings out. The pavement in the oncoming lane is fine. I'm not sure if you have both lanes in that part of the course, though. If you only have the right lane it will be bumpy.

There is a chance of rain in the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday. It will be muggy and hot, so you may actually pray for it to start raining.

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I've been going out and riding at 4 for the past few weeks to try and get myself heat acclimitized. After last nights last "workout" before the race this Sunday, I believe I will suffer gloriously.

BTW, we did the scouting report on the course last Sunday too. What time were you there? I ask because we saw one guy solo'ing about two miles ahead in the distance on part of the course and I assumed he was there for the same reason we were.
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I've been going out and riding at 4 for the past few weeks to try and get myself heat acclimitized. After last nights last "workout" before the race this Sunday, I believe I will suffer gloriously.

BTW, we did the scouting report on the course last Sunday too. What time were you there? I ask because we saw one guy solo'ing about two miles ahead in the distance on part of the course and I assumed he was there for the same reason we were.
I was there before 9 am. I saw a few riders headed South on Marion CR 329 near CR 320 while I was heading back to Gainesville. I thought that I would see quite a few riders out down on the course, but I was probably way too early.

It should be a lot less windy this weekend.

Which race are you in? I'm thinking about riding down to watch both Saturday and Sunday, but I won't be able to stay too long either day.
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I was there before 9 am. I saw a few riders headed South on Marion CR 329 near CR 320 while I was heading back to Gainesville. I thought that I would see quite a few riders out down on the course, but I was probably way too early.

It should be a lot less windy this weekend.

Which race are you in? I'm thinking about riding down to watch both Saturday and Sunday, but I won't be able to stay too long either day.
Sunday, 3:10PM (cat 5 35+). Hottest race of the day, but thankfully short. Should be done within 90 minutes.
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Sunday, 3:10PM (cat 5 35+). Hottest race of the day, but thankfully short. Should be done within 90 minutes.
I'm signed up for the Cat 5 35+ also. Nice and hot, and I've got the flu right now. I hope I'm over it by Sunday. Otherwise, I'll be the guy blowing snot rockets before we even start..
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I'm signed up for the Cat 5 35+ also. Nice and hot, and I've got the flu right now. I hope I'm over it by Sunday. Otherwise, I'll be the guy blowing snot rockets before we even start..
Ummm....not to be a dick, but you won't be doing anyone any favors (including yourself) racing in that sort of condition....
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I'm signed up for the Cat 5 35+ also. Nice and hot, and I've got the flu right now. I hope I'm over it by Sunday. Otherwise, I'll be the guy blowing snot rockets before we even start..


Blow snot on me and I'll open a can of whup ass on ya'. I'm just sayin'.

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Sunday, 3:10PM (cat 5 35+). Hottest race of the day, but thankfully short. Should be done within 90 minutes.
Very unlikely that I'll be there for that one. I try to get my riding done by 11 am to noon on Sundays. I like to think that my family misses me a little bit if I'm not around.

Good luck!

Just remember that it is a relatively long, slightly downhill finish. If you are in the mix you should find the wheel of a larger racer that has decent form because for once those extra pounds will be an advantage. They will be able to stay near the front without needing to put out max power and so will have some reserve "kick" toward the end. The very end is pretty flat. When it flattens out go around and hammer the pedals until you think that your legs, heart, and lungs are going to explode all at the same time.

I think that the most interesting part of the course is the two short, but steep, pitches once you get onto Germantown Road. Those are the places where a well thought out attack may work. Pay attention on each lap at that part of the course. Don't be at the back of the pack there! It is not necessary to cover every attack at that point, but if you see a reasonably large group get a gap there, it would be worth your while to "burn a few matches" to bridge up to that group, especially if the attack is on the second pitch. A group like that could stay away for the duration and you need to be in that group.
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I got my butt kicked. 20 racers total, most were Cat 1 and 2. I stayed with them for 5 of the 9 laps, then got shelled into a second group, which dwindled to nothing by the 7 lap. I burned up and had to get out after finishing the 7th lap. I can honestly say I raced really hard and gave my best, so that's a plus for me. This gives me second thoughts about catting up to 3 though, I don't think I'm ready for the longer races.
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I got my butt kicked. 20 racers total, most were Cat 1 and 2. I stayed with them for 5 of the 9 laps, then got shelled into a second group, which dwindled to nothing by the 7 lap. I burned up and had to get out after finishing the 7th lap. I can honestly say I raced really hard and gave my best, so that's a plus for me. This gives me second thoughts about catting up to 3 though, I don't think I'm ready for the longer races.
Are you also doing the 4's race tomorrow?
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Are you also doing the 4's race tomorrow?
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food poisoning sucks.
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A training buddy and I both wound up with food poisoning; at least after calling him to tell him about my woes we both were able to identify the vector. It ran through him at 1AM, so he's chugging down pedialyte before his 1PM start. I was hit around 7:00AM this morning. And yeah, while I am prepaid and I could show up, pick up my number, do a parade lap, and count it as a mass start, it would feel as hollow as my intestines and stomache are right now so I'm just going to stay home.

Crap (no pun intended).
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****ty luck. Sorry, hard to avoid that sort of humor, under the circumstances. I'm headed down Ocala way here shortly.
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And yeah, while I am prepaid and I could show up, pick up my number, do a parade lap, and count it as a mass start, it would feel as hollow as my intestines and stomache are right now so I'm just going to stay home.

Crap (no pun intended).
Sorry to hear that.

I just got back after riding down this morning to watch some racing and then riding back. The weather is BRUTAL. Bright sun, extra hot, humid, and no wind so the air over the road is incredibly hot. Summer is now here in north central Florida.
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I'll join wrote4luck in the "butt kicked" category. Made 4 laps in the mid-front of the pack, legs feeling fine but progressively more overheated. I was drinking but my bottles were blood warm at this point. Start of the 5th lap I imploded. It was either pull over or fall over so I pulled over.
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I'll join wrote4luck in the "butt kicked" category. Made 4 laps in the mid-front of the pack, legs feeling fine but progressively more overheated. I was drinking but my bottles were blood warm at this point. Start of the 5th lap I imploded. It was either pull over or fall over so I pulled over.
Props to anybody racing in the weather today. Just riding back and forth between Gainesville and the race course was pretty brutal and that wasn't at race pace.

The beginning of each lap is a bit of an ass kick, isn't it? I have ridden up that pitch lots of times over the last 25 years. When on the bike it doesn't look anywhere near as steep as it is.
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Props to anybody racing in the weather today. Just riding back and forth between Gainesville and the race course was pretty brutal and that wasn't at race pace.

The beginning of each lap is a bit of an ass kick, isn't it? I have ridden up that pitch lots of times over the last 25 years. When on the bike it doesn't look anywhere near as steep as it is.
Some guy in front of me was pouring water over his head and I was hugging his wheel, trying to get some of the spray. I hope it's cooler next weekend for the time trial, or I start earlier, or both.

That little climb is deceptive because it goes around the corner, the pitch lessens, but then there's still a stretch to the top. Not bad the first time or even the fourth but I need to learn to sit up like the 180 pound dead weight I am and not try and stay with the skinny guys!
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My worst race EVER.

Brutally hot. 99 degrees air temp. at race time. Probably 105+ over the asphalt. Heat index over 110.

Lasted 3 laps before getting sick. I cannot handle that kind of heat.

About 80 entrants in the Cat. 4's. Less than 40 finished.

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My worst race EVER.

Brutally hot. 99 degrees air temp. at race time. Probably 105+ over the asphalt. Heat index over 110.

Lasted 3 laps before getting sick. I cannot handle that kind of heat.

About 80 entrants in the Cat. 4's. Less than 40 finished.

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Racing in the heat sucks, takes me days to recover. Best to stop when you suspect you might be in a dangerous situation, heat stroke is nothing to mess around with.
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