We all know how, slathered on the cover of every month's issue of Bicycling, there's the big blue or pink phrase: "Get in the best shape of your life in 15 seconds without diet, exercise or committment!". But one of their somewhat recent articles, "Do not do these exercises, EVER! Unless you want to be really, really fast." or sometihng like that, they mentioned that you get fast by motorpacing people.
Well, on a ride yesterday, I caught an unsuspecting, oblivious soccor-mom driving a minivan, and got 5-6 feet behind her and drafted for almost two miles. I caught her as she was sccoting from a red light at 20 some mph, and stayed on her from then. She was honking and swerving (though not braking as not to kill me, thank Mitch). Well, she was averaging 35mph, and topped at 43mph to try and shake me, but she didn't.
but wut duz dis haf 2 doo wit rasing, mitch?
Everything. My max sprint increased by 2.3mph today, I checked wind, and it was a sidewind. I won two primes, both in sprints. One was where I was dueling another guy, who's an AMAZING sprinter, and I didn't know who won until the end of the race [Note: I asked him during the race and he said that he did. He may have been a little cocky, but that makes him cool with me]
In the second, I was putting so much power down that not only did I beat my friend [and second place] by an armspan, but I was pulling the rear wheel off of the ground with every downstroke and it was sliding all over the place.
Kind of a race report, kind of a cool story. But one thing's for sure; I'm going to focus on sprints a little more now and try to catch some cars more often [read: every ride]