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Old 02-03-08, 12:21 AM   #1
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RR win

Well, I did my first cat 5 race of the season today, boulevard RR. (did two last year but only as a second race of the day and both crits)
The pace started out exactly like crash said, extremely slow, i dont think i pedaled for the first 5 miles or so ( ok not that bad, but it seemed like it). No one wanted to go the the front and work. So we roll through the first 10 miles or so of the course like this before we hit the fun part... the hill. It starts with a few short steep climbs to reshuffle the pack and then a quick downhill into another steep 50 yard hill and then you turn a corner into a two mile climb. This is where the pack splits, those who can hang and those who cant. Im still just sitting about 5th wheel watching whos pushing the pace and content to just hang on for now. After the crest of the hill it turns into some rollers for a few miles, and the pack regroups a little and the lead group is about 15 or so, down from 40ish at the start.

Finish the first lap and hit the downhill section again, and boom... all of a sudden no one wants to work. Still content to just sit in and we roll through the first 10 miles of the second lap at a recovery pace.
Now the race starts. Im sitting about 10th wheel, and i figure its time to up the pace a little. The short steep climb before the corner of the two mile i jump and open up about a 150 meter gap on the pack and quickly settle in to a good tempo. I look back and see 3 or 4 trying to bridge up, so i ease up a little to get a little pack going because i know the rollers are coming up. We get to the top of the climb and one guy goes to the front for almost all of the rollers. I was thinking, hes either Really Really strong, or Really Really stupid. Me and the other guy are content to just sit on his wheel. Coming into the final climb, it turns out he was really stupid and i attack, the guy that was on my wheel goes with me and counters as soon as i sit up a little. I jump on his wheel and with about 800 meters or so to go we've got ourselves a race. I swing wide with about 300 left and jump and he pulls over beside me and we grind it out to the finish. I was waiting for the final sprint, but he just sat up about 10 feet from the line as we were neck and neck and i roll across for 1st place.
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Ill be there as a 5. Trying to decide whether or not to treat this as a B or a C race. Peak is not going to be for 2 more months so i don't want to get started to early.
Where's the sandbagging thread?

Congrats man, sounds like a tough race, and you nailed it.
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Nice ride; very impressive.
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At any time, at any level, there is no feeling like being first across the line. Congrats!
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Old 02-03-08, 08:05 AM   #5
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Very nice, congratulations!
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Congrats! Keep up the good work
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Old 02-03-08, 08:34 AM   #7
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Sounds like you raced smart!
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At any time, at any level, there is no feeling like being first across the line. Congrats!
Truth. You're a junior too, right? I foresee lots of victories in your future
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Old 02-03-08, 11:10 AM   #10
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Truth. You're a junior too, right? I foresee lots of victories in your future
I was last year. Now im racing the 5's. Im going to put in a requested upgrade on monday to try to get an early upgrade to the 4's do i dont have to deal with the sketchiness that is the 5's. Ive done 10 races so far, just 7 of them were juniors last year. Well see how that goes. The other two guys that were close to me, was their first race too, so i dont think either of them will be 5's for much longer.
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Old 02-03-08, 12:22 PM   #11
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Hi merckz89,

Very well done!

Ah, the exuberance and strength of youth. I wish I could say I remember it well.

If you pass an old guy in pink and blue during your next road race, be kind and wave.
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Congrats. Winning is addictive
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Good job and congrats!

Enjoy that high and hope you have many more like it.
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Thats GREAT! Keep it up! and more reports.
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Nice report and congrats on the win. Very inspiring - makes me want to get out there and train my butt off!
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Sounds like you raced smart!
+2 Great job, and congrats!
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Old 02-04-08, 12:07 AM   #17
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I got a massage after the race and the guy told me that i would be sore today both from the race and the massage, but i had no idea it would be this bad. I barely managed 1h today, absolutely no top end left in me whatsoever right now. Funny thing is i felt fine after the race. Hopefully feel better tomorrow.
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Old 02-04-08, 07:25 PM   #18
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^^^Dude, one of the most important parts of training is recovery....don't forget that.

Otherwise, well done! And I gotta know if you threw your hands in the air and did a victory salute as you crossed the line.

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Old 02-04-08, 10:46 PM   #19
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Yea i know, its just rare that im so sore the next day that i cant do at least 1 hard effort if i felt like it. I think my average wattage for the ride was like 130ish. No hand salute, the finish was a little closer than that, and I've heard you can get DQ'ed in anything less than pro 1-2 for doing that, so I've got a ways to go before than.
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Old 02-05-08, 06:40 AM   #20
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Hooray! keep it up!
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Man, nothing beats the juniors to 5's transition. Most successful time in my racing for sure.
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