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Old 03-11-08, 12:26 PM   #1
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Tour de Murietta Race Report 45+

First let me so that no matter how bad your race weekend turns out, there is always something to learn from it. So there is some good from this race.

Sat was horrible. For the past month or more I've had a really hard time sleeping. Basically I wake up between 3:30 and 4am and can't go back to sleep. This happens no matter how early or late I go to bed (I think I've narrowed it down to Optygen). So the week leading up to Murietta my wife was out of town so not only was I trying to get my workouts in I had daddy duty as well. My wife travels at least one week a month and what I do is workout at night after the kids go to bed. This normally works ok but with my inability to sleep I was exhausted by 8pm and couldn't workout at night. I called my Doc on Friday and suggested that I try meletonen. This is where I really screwed up because I know better than to try something out of the ordinary the night before a race but.....Anyway slept well but woke up in fog, a fog that never went away.

On to Saturday's crit. I was riding well and stayed near the front for the first 30min even threw in few attacks, then at 31min exactly, lights out. Power went to absolute zero. Pulled off and went home and decided that Sunday would be a game day decision.

Woke up Sunday and felt much better. Went out and rode for about 20 min just to see how the legs felt and they felt ok so I decided to race. Warm up was OK not great but not nearly as bad as Sat. The race was fast right from the start and really never slowed down. I covered two breaks easily and tried to get the Amgen guy who started them to work with me but he was gassed and just sat on so I sat up. The third break I saw coming so jumped on. It was two Cyclefax riders me and one other guy. We got about 10-15sec up the road but only me and one Cyclefax guy would do any work so that one got shut down as well. After that it settled down some and with 4 laps to go the pro's caught us we got neutralized. At this point, about an hour and half in, I felt great and the pace really slowed till the pro's cleared us. After start/finish the pace really took off. All of us in straight line just drillin' it. I was somewhere around 10th wheel as we came into the first right hander. Everyone was out of the saddle sprinting and once again, lights out. I just didn't have anything left and got shelled off the back. I rode back to the car and went home.

After talking to my coach we decided that I hadn't refueled enough to keep up the pace, that and the really rough week leading up to the race killed my endurance. Honestly though if I'd had some help from some teammates the out come might have been better, I used up a lot of energy covering the breaks. I think a top ten would have been in the cards if I'd been able to hold my powder till the end.

FWIW this is a great race and very well organized I really recommend it.

Time 1h 26m
ave spd 27.3 mph
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Old 03-11-08, 12:44 PM   #2
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Good report, looks like you're coming along well this season. It was about this time last year when you started having health problems, so it's good to see you moving rapidly in the right direction.
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Average speed 27.3? I think the fastest race I ever did (a crit) averaged 28.5 or so. Man, that's fast.
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[QUOTE=patentcad;6322565]Average speed 27.3? I think the fastest race I ever did (a crit) averaged 28.5 or so. Man, that's fast.[/QUOTE


This was a pretty flat race, a couple of short stiff rollers. The main straight had a good tailwind and was slightly down hill and we were over 30 for that part. Yeah this is the fastest road race I've ever done, the pressure was pretty constant aside from the when the pro's caught us. BTW those guys are f'n fast. Dave Clinger was coming out of the port o john as I as walking in...that dude looks like a freak..I'm pretty open minded about tattoo's and the like but this was too much.
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Hi EDR,

I was good to finally meet you. I did look for you after the crit. Now I know where you were.

My mini race report is here.

At one point I saw you get pushed outside the pylons on the straight between turns 3 and 4. Looked dicey -- good job staying upright.

The crit course was OK but I wasn't fond of the crowd at the back of the pack. I just didn't feel like I had enough in me to fight back up to the front and stay there. In hindsight, I should have since I got shelled anyway right near the end.

Looks like my next weekend race will be the Santiago Canyon TT on April 5th. I presume you're doing Devil's Punch Bowl on April 26th. You should try coming down to Long Beach for El Dorado on Tuesday nights. I could use some company attacking all the "sprinters" that just want to suck wheels.
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i wasn't a big fan of the crit course. at least not with 100 riders on it. way too hard to move up with all the damned panic brakers in the corners. i'd pass 20 guys on the straights, then get boxed and passed back around the outside in the first three corners. each time i thought i had the outermost lane locked up, someone would squeeze in and i'd have to tighten my line on the exit to avoid them. turn four was ok in that it was more of a sweeper and the slow guys didn't have a chance to get back around. and there were plenty of slow guys.

loved the circuit course.
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i wasn't a big fan of the crit course. at least not with 100 riders on it. way too hard to move up with all the damned panic brakers in the corners. i'd pass 20 guys on the straights, then get boxed and passed back around the outside in the first three corners. each time i thought i had the outermost lane locked up, someone would squeeze in and i'd have to tighten my line on the exit to avoid them. turn four was ok in that it was more of a sweeper and the slow guys didn't have a chance to get back around. and there were plenty of slow guys.

loved the circuit course.
Yeah if I end up with out any teammates next year I'm only coming down for the circuit race. That was a lot of fun. I will say that the organizers really had the stuff together, really really well run event.
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Hi EDR,

I was good to finally meet you. I did look for you after the crit. Now I know where you were.

My mini race report is here.

At one point I saw you get pushed outside the pylons on the straight between turns 3 and 4. Looked dicey -- good job staying upright.

The crit course was OK but I wasn't fond of the crowd at the back of the pack. I just didn't feel like I had enough in me to fight back up to the front and stay there. In hindsight, I should have since I got shelled anyway right near the end.

Looks like my next weekend race will be the Santiago Canyon TT on April 5th. I presume you're doing Devil's Punch Bowl on April 26th. You should try coming down to Long Beach for El Dorado on Tuesday nights. I could use some company attacking all the "sprinters" that just want to suck wheels.
Cleave it was good to meet you, sorry I didn't stick around but I wasn't feeling to great and just wanted to go home. I'll be at Devils Punchbowl for sure, I'll also be doing the LA Circuit and San Dimas this month. Thinking about doing the RR at Boulevard next month too as well as San Luis Rey. Long Beach on Tuesday night from Hollywood ain't gonna happen, by the time I got down there with the traffic it would Friday night!
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