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Old 03-30-08, 04:33 PM   #1
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I Survived, or, PP Cat 5 Race Report 3/30

Short version:

Didn't get shot out the back of the pack like crap through a canard. Didn't win, either.

Verbose version:

Just like last week's adventure, I got up at 4:30am (which, since I am a musician, is an hour I am much more used to seeing at the end of day rather than the beginning) and dragged my stunned and weary ass over to Prospect Park. Like last week, it was bitterly cold - by the end of my "warm up" my fingers had gone through the hurting stage and were just numb.

Unlike last week, no pre-race jitters! No wind vest zipper exploding in my hands on the starting line. I did remember to have my sunglasses ready to go - so no contact lenses blowing out of my eye on the downhill! And most importantly, I remembered not to take off like a banshee at the start and immediately go into the red zone!

So basically I was able to follow my pre-race plan: sit in the pack and just get comfortable moving around the group. As people moved up the sides I'd slip from the top 10 or 15 places back to 20 or 25, and then move back up to near the front. A few times someone would try to make a move off the front but nothing stayed away. With two laps to go I was able to go to the front and pull up the little hill, this putting a hurting on everyone, especially me! But I was able to sit back in and recover, no problem.

Halfway through that lap there was an interesting moment when our pace motorcycle tried to move us over to the right so that another field could lap us - however, our pack declined to cooperate, resulting in some chaos and corrective communication from said pace moto pilot. Eventually he managed to herd us over so whatever field it was could go by - still some confusion since it turned out to be a break, and it wasn't clear if we needed to remain neutralized for the rest of that field to go by as well.

Once we got that sorted out we were already on our bell lap. As we came down the last hill and around onto the flat before the finish, I was dangling off the back and decided not to destroy myself trying to catch back on for a sprint for 25th place, so I rolled in easy, just managing to avoid the small post-finish-line crash

So - didn't get dropped, was able to sit in the pack and move around pretty easily, was able to dish out a very small amount of hurt on the hill = mission accomplished!

Thanks, that is all.
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Nice job sd. Did you enjoy it, the 4:30AM wake up call and 30F temps notwithstanding?
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Nice job sd. Did you enjoy it, the 4:30AM wake up call and 30F temps notwithstanding?
Thanks, Pcad, it was a blast! My wife couldn't wait for me to STFU about how much fun it was after I got home! Definitely looking forward to the next one.

By the way, I was looking around for you after the race to introduce myself, but (obviously) I didn't find you. Actually, I mistook one of your teammates for you (all those blurry pictures you post, definitely not my post-race glycogen-starved eyes ) - he pointed me toward your car, but you weren't in evidence, and I was freezing my ass of so I split. Maybe next week.
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Thanks, Pcad, it was a blast! My wife couldn't wait for me to STFU about how much fun it was after I got home! Definitely looking forward to the next one.

By the way, I was looking around for you after the race to introduce myself, but (obviously) I didn't find you. Actually, I mistook one of your teammates for you (all those blurry pictures you post, definitely not my post-race glycogen-starved eyes ) - he pointed me toward your car, but you weren't in evidence, and I was freezing my ass of so I split. Maybe next week.
I was told another BF member was stalking me by of my team mates, but I had to motivate, it's a long way from Prospect Park to Chester, NY and I was tired. Slept half the afternoon. I wouldn't have known how to recognize you anyway. Are you on a local team?
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Slept half the afternoon. I wouldn't have known how to recognize you anyway. Are you on a local team?
I went home and slept for a few hours, too. When I woke up I was still cold!

Not on a local team. I don't really understand it - after my stellar showing last week I've been waiting for my phone to start ringing with offers, but there doesn't seem to be a big demand for pack-fodder Cat 5s. Weird.

Anyhow, I ride a grey Trek 5200, usually wear a green Castelli jersey. Now that I know which one of the Global Locate guys you aren't, I'll see if I can find you and say hello next time. Are you doing Prospect Park again next week on Saturday?
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I went home and slept for a few hours, too. When I woke up I was still cold!

Not on a local team. I don't really understand it - after my stellar showing last week I've been waiting for my phone to start ringing with offers, but there doesn't seem to be a big demand for pack-fodder Cat 5s. Weird.

Anyhow, I ride a grey Trek 5200, usually wear a green Castelli jersey. Now that I know which one of the Global Locate guys you aren't, I'll see if I can find you and say hello next time. Are you doing Prospect Park again next week on Saturday?
I'll be in Sandy Hook NJ for the TT next Sat., but back in PP the next time after that there is a Spring Series race there.
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