I had a short RR last night and rode 30 miles of hill before the race began. Once it started, The usual chaos began in the first mile. Attack after attack after attack. I played for about 7 miles, then I just didn't care what happened. By this time there were only about 8 of us left. One attack went and I waved the guys behind me through.
Then I caught them on the next hill.
They attacked on the flats.
I caught them on the next hill.
Same stuff happened until the "big" hill (7% for 1 mile), I caught and passed them without ever changing my pace... The next attack was half a mile before the turn around and the 11 mile long "downhill" back to the start finish, so I was dropped due to the lack of uphills.
I stopped on the way down to lend a hand to a friend that had flatted, then latched on to the "B" group for a ride back down the canyon. I stayed at the back and pulled off to the side for the sprint.
So, have any of you just shrugged your shoulders during a race and said "I don't care"?