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Old 07-08-09, 12:50 PM   #1
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Just registered for my first race

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Bit of background about me. My father was a mountain biker growing up so I've been around bikes most of my life. After a brief stint in college, I spent 2 years as a year-round messenger in Boston then went back to work for the man. I've always kept riding and the last coule years I've ridden more than normal. In Feb I joined a team and I've done a few rides with them. Anyway, just registered as a Cat 5 for the San Marcos, CA crit on 07/26. Not sure if anyone will be there but I'll be the guy with the yellow/black bike and the tattoos. I did do one race in February which was a sprint tri (I was on a relay team) so I have a small amoutn of experience but to be honest I'm anticipating being dropped like a hot potato. Anyway, i'll be sure to post a report when I can.

Also, I should mention that it was the racing sub-forum that got me interested in the first place so thanks!

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Old 07-08-09, 12:52 PM   #2
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The one thing racing has taught me is that you need to pedal a bigger gear faster than everyone else to win.

I haven't done that yet. Except for sand bagging on the track one night.

Good luck.
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Old 07-08-09, 01:20 PM   #5
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Good luck man. You'll get hooked quick.
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Awesome - I just started Cat 5 this year as well.

Here's to a smooth ride to your Cat 4 upgrade! And if you get dropped, just remember to keep trying.
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In Feb I joined a team and I've done a few rides with them. Anyway, just registered as a Cat 5 for the San Marcos, CA crit on 07/26.
Good job. this is how it is supposed to be done.

The thing that you'll find different in the crit, from the bike leg of your sprint tri, is the dramatic accelerations.

Working on some short, intense intervals between now and then will help prepare you for that. You can do things like 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. 5 times for a set, and then 5 minutes rest between sets.

These really help in dealing with the repeated surges of a crit.
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Also, I should mention that it was the racing sub-forum that got me interested in the first place so thanks!

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It will have that effect on the unlikeliest (or least qualified) of people.

Good luck.
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Cool and good luck. You'll likely do a lot better than I did this year. I am only 2 years into shaking 25 years of being fat and inactive. Talk about being dropped in a hurry!

Go get 'em!
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The one thing racing has taught me is that you need to pedal a bigger gear faster than everyone else to win.

I haven't done that yet. Except for sand bagging on the track one night.

Good luck.
You obviously haven't met Justin or Corey Williams.

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Old 07-09-09, 10:38 PM   #11
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Hi Rob,

Glad to read that you're going to give racing a try. We've ridden together a couple of times on some BF SoCal rides. I'll be at San Marcos racing the 45+ and maybe Cat. 3.

Good luck with your first race and hope that you enjoy it.
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