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