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    this one's optimistic... feethanddooth's Avatar
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    first race/first place!

    finished first in a 10 mile crit cat 5 today. it was my first race so im pretty excited. you guys gave me some good advice last week so thanks everyone!
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    Congrats!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by feethanddooth View Post
    finished first in a 10 mile crit cat 5 today. it was my first race so im pretty excited. you guys gave me some good advice last week so thanks everyone!
    In Somerville?

    The NJTransit area of (ny) penn station was so packed I didn't even try getting on the train w/ my bike. 15 minute line to use the ticket kiosks. I'm a wee bit upset to have missed it, particularly because my opportunities to cat up by mid-june are much worse now.

    Assuming my assumptions about which race it was are correct -- what time did the 5s go?

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    Nice job.
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    And if I had read the subject initially, woulda said this in the 1st response: Hot damn. Way to go.

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    Awesome! Congrats

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    Good job! It's gotta feel great!!

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    that is friggin awsome! Congrats!

    Now, don't do what I did and let your training slip. Keep that $hit going hard so this is not the last time you podium!

    Well done!
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    Ranger fan? Grrrrrrrr

    I just won my first race today as a cat 4. It took me 4 years to win a race so good job man!

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    That's awesome, good work!!!

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    Good job!

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    Well done!

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    Fantastic. That will motivate you to train hard. Keep it up.

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    brittle,

    the cat5 went almost after 4pm. they split the 45/55 into 2 races due to the size of the field so it lengthened the day.

    ridethecliche,

    took the advice of riders i talked to in my club and lbs. stayed in the front, didnt worry about attacks when they happened, and waited for the final sprint. i was in 5th position when the sprint started and just poured it on. ended up being a photo finish. close one by i got him by a wheel pics...

    me taking a pull



    just after coming across the line at the end

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    wow, you have a 100% win record. i would stop now.

    what kind of riding have you done prior to this race? obviously in you're in good shape.

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    is that a scott plasma pro tt bike?

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    hey feeth let's ride

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    i got 4th place in the training ride where i was the only one trying my hardest!! woohoo, that'lly teach those guys 30 yrs older than me...

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    Hey, today was my first race that wasn't a roller race [apparently Iowa is one of the only places that does this] and I got smashed: last place in the Melon City Criterium Cat 5 in Muscatine, Iowa. Just goes to show you can ride on your own for years and suck hard when it comes to competing. Got a loooong road ahead of me...
    Basically, I've got cat 2 or 3 knowledge with Cat 6 ability.

    Edit: Did I forget to mention that I've got 2,100 miles under my belt this year? Wow...
    Last edited by SushiJoe; 05-25-08 at 08:13 PM.

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    Great job! Looks like you beat one of my teamates (Liberty Cycle in blue/white kit) at the line.

    I was at a bbq today in Kenilworth and when the topic turned briefly to cycling, someone mentioned that they had a friend who raced today in Somerset for the first time and won. Since you did the Cat5, they probably were talking about you! If so, small world.

    P.S. The guy on your wheel in the 1st pic looks awfully beefy. You should've been on his wheel!

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    this one's optimistic... feethanddooth's Avatar
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    most of the ride i was somewhere in the top 5 positions. that pic was one of the times just after someone almost took me out in a turn. decided to jump to the front for a turn or two just to not take that chance again.

    fly:yes/land:no, yes it is. switched the handlebars and put risers in to make it more road. way i ride it feels so much nicer than a traditional road bike.

    timmhaan, thanks for saying im in good shape! i feel like a pig lately since being a little relaxed in my diet all year. this year ive ridden mostly by myself and then 2 tt in my club and 1 rr in it. before that any "racing" i did was in my club. tts and rr. oh and i have done a lot of charity rides.

    after winning the tt and coming in second the following week my club director sent me a note saying "please consider getting a license". glad i took the advice
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    Congrats...first race and a win to boot, doesn't get any better than that!
    Now go f yourself while I remain a big fat slug somewhere OTB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    Congrats...first race and a win to boot, doesn't get any better than that!
    Now go f yourself while I remain a big fat slug somewhere OTB.
    HA! I second his motion.

    Good job, seriously. Keep at it.

    Quote Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
    Hey, today was my first race that wasn't a roller race [apparently Iowa is one of the only places that does this] and I got smashed: last place in the Melon City Criterium Cat 5 in Muscatine, Iowa. Just goes to show you can ride on your own for years and suck hard when it comes to competing. Got a loooong road ahead of me...
    Basically, I've got cat 2 or 3 knowledge with Cat 6 ability.

    Edit: Did I forget to mention that I've got 2,100 miles under my belt this year? Wow...
    A good first race is a helpful indicator, but a poor one can mean very little. Always look on the bright side!

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    Woohoo!!!!!!

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