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    First Crit was last weekend. Holy crap!!

    I knew it was going to be tough. IT's been a terrible winter so training hasn't been so great. I get sick 2 weeks before the race and was off the bike for a week solid. My teammates told me it was going to be fast from the start but if I could hang on for a few laps things would settle down some.

    I'm thinking to myself, I've seen crits on tv and they don't look like they're going that hard. Only when attacking and at the finish. I figured if I could find a wheel to hold on to I'd be ok.
    Race starts and they're wide open from the whistle. 2 laps and I'm off the back. Then I get lapped by the three leaders. Couple laps later the entire field. Man I suck. I thought my heart was going to explode the entire time.

    Oh well, next crit and rr is in 3 weeks. I guess I'll put in 2 hard weeks of intervals and taper the last week before the race. I cant throw in the towel this early.

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    it only gets better from here. Make sure you analyze how you got popped and figure out what changes you can make (aside from fitness) to do better next time. Just like any sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xupd42bmg View Post
    I cant throw in the towel this early.
    Don't give up based on a single race. I would suspect that many (most?) novices get dropped on their first race. God knows I got shelled on the first climb of my first road race. I about killed myself trying to solo and regain the field, but never made it up to them. I didn't quit the race, but to add to my shame, the woman's field caught me just before the finish (and they started at least ten minutes after the Master's field). Try to figure out why you got dropped and give it another shot. Good luck next time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xupd42bmg View Post
    I'm thinking to myself, I've seen crits on tv and they don't look like they're going that hard. Only when attacking and at the finish. I figured if I could find a wheel to hold on to I'd be ok.
    Hard is relative. Good for you trying it, and +1 on not giving up.

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    I never finished the first 3 crits I started... granted, it was cat 1-4 mixed group and I snuck into it... =)
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    Yep remember well the official waving me off the course for the first few races...made sure it never happened again.

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    Wow, I was thinking about entering my first race this weekend, and the OP's post is less than encouraging.

    I just need to decide if I want to do a time trial, road race, or crit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petalpower View Post
    Wow, I was thinking about entering my first race this weekend, and the OP's post is less than encouraging.
    You need to get it out of the way sooner or later.

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    OP - good on you for racing and deciding to do it again. Don't worry, you'll get there soon enough, just don't give up.

    @petalpower - do it, break the ice, it is all better after that.
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    If it comes down to a field sprint, you probably won't win, so don't let it.

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    xupd42bmg, just think about all the people that want to race but are scared - you're already way ahead of them. Like others have said, just keep getting out there and learning/getting stronger.

    Quote Originally Posted by petalpower View Post
    Wow, I was thinking about entering my first race this weekend, and the OP's post is less than encouraging.
    Well if it makes you feel any better I finished my first race in the pack..
    cat 1.

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    Oh jeesh. I think it took like four or five crits before I finished one. RR's weren't too bad, but it was the accelerations out of the corners in crits that made it hard at the beginning for me. I was grabbing too much brake and then I had to sprint to catch back on. Once I learned to coast through the corners without braking, it made it a lot easier..
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    A high overall pace hurts me a lot more than corners... it's all relative.

    Most people get dropped in their first race, because (like you) they really have no idea about just how hard they will need to work. Bike racing is very hard, which seems obvious, but new racers still just don't know what to expect. Getting that first race out of the way is important, because from that point on you know what you're trainng for. It will get better.

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    Winners keep coming back. Losers quit. Don't be a loser.
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    had my first 3 races these past 3 weeks first one i got laped twice! came back the following week and got laped once, and today i didnt get laped at all! i was so proud, didnt place well, but im getting better with every race. glad i didnt quit after the first one like i wanted to.

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    I've won 3 of my first 4 races. The other one was 2nd even though I finished first. And I crashed in that race. Hopefully I can repeat next week.

    EDIT: Repeat the winning thing, not the crashing.
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    Somebody has to be winning those cat 5 races that drop the other cat 5s.

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    My first race in 15 years was an utter complete failure. That was last weekend.

    I look at it as a benchmark for training harder.

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    Meant to be encouraging, not bragging. Bragging about Cat 5 is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EKO View Post
    Meant to be encouraging, not bragging. Bragging about Cat 5 is stupid.
    Not following your logic. How's your initial post of winning 75% of first races supposed to be encouraging to a new racer who just got spat out the back of his first race? And you're right, bragging to someone who seeks encouragement is stupid...

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    This weekend I got to enjoy 2:15 worth of tongue on the ground pummeling. The kids came out and turned the screws on us old guys. That being said I spent 90% of that time catching up with old friends, giving nods and hand checks, hearing 3 or 4 guys yell at me to get back in when I would pull to the side thinking "screw this....", a few hand pushes, and a helluva lot of smiles, conversations and hand shakes.

    Of course....I'm selling wheel while others are racing....

    Racing is a blast. Everyone gets shelled at some point. There is no shame in it. You learn a lot getting shelled - that's why I am a genius.

    I got blown OTB cramping up in one race this weekend. The key is finishing (assuming wide open long course with no chance of causing issues with the field). Our own, J-Dub was snapping pictures of me as I rode by and said, "well...at least you look good."

    Next race is next race. You can never re-race the one you just did and every race, while you're sitting at the line, for a split second you have just as much of a chance of winning it as anyone else does. Pin your number on a take your beating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyzackery View Post
    Not following your logic. How's your initial post of winning 75% of first races supposed to be encouraging to a new racer who just got spat out the back of his first race? And you're right, bragging to someone who seeks encouragement is stupid...
    My thought was that on any given day, anything can happen. The OP isn't going to get dropped every race. If he keeps at it, he'll get results, even as a noob like me. I'm no one special, I just learned to race smarter by doing training races with FOGs. The more he races, the more he learns, and the better he will do.

    Seriously, it wasn't my intention to come off that way, but I see how it would be interpreted like that.

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    Posts like this scare me. I'm wanting to start racing but I'm not really wanting to get shot out the back everytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
    Posts like this scare me. I'm wanting to start racing but I'm not really wanting to get shot out the back everytime.
    Right of passage. Nothing more. Just race and see what it's like. Ride with a local fast group. If you can hang with them you'll be fine. If you can't hang with them you'll be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by therhodeo View Post
    Posts like this scare me. I'm wanting to start racing but I'm not really wanting to get shot out the back everytime.
    Being afraid of entering a race because you don't want to get shot out of the back is like being afraid of kissing your prom date because you forgot a condom.

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