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    I did a criterium tonight for the first time in 4 years.... out the back I went!

    It was a real eye opener for me! I used to dominate the Crits in college, winning multiple in both collegiate and USCF Cat 3. I did my last real race in 2007. The Army took it all away from me with two trips to Iraq, a lot of traveling and field time, but I finally got a chance to get some down time in the past month. I have done some running since then, but no real cycling workouts.

    I "thought" maybe I still had my fitness... wrong. Two 50 mile group rides did not prepare me for the ass whoopin' I got this evening by the Cat 4 field. I got about 20 minutes into the race and realized I was not going to be able to hang. Sure enough, on the next acceleration, I could not hang on the pack. As bad as it made me feel, it was good to get a dose of reality. Now I know what I need to do to fix it. No racing for me until next Spring, just get my base back and train
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    You lasted 20 minutes after only two 50 mile group rides for training? That's very good.

    Congratulations on making it back from Iraq, and thanks.

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    You are slow. It only took me 8 minutes to realize I wasn't going to be able to hang. Keep at it.


    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Congratulations on making it back from Iraq, and thanks.
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    Thank you for your service. Welcome back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Thank you for your service. Welcome back.
    +1

    Enjoy this first part as you come back into the sport. At no other time will your fitness gains be as impressive and rapid. Savor it.

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    Thank you for your service -

    also, training will help with base & such, but nothing replicates racing like racing will... You might find it worth your time to race at least a few times?
    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    If it comes down to a field sprint, you probably won't win, so don't let it.

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    Ditto on all above.

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    You might find a local weeknight series if there is one in your area and try some c-pack races. They are often less competitive. I know plenty of guys racing in Cs who are generally fit form other activities (running/racquetball/basketball), but who only do a few rides per week and manage to hang in the pack. At least then you'd be racing.
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    The Army never had me do intervals.

    Welcome home/back.

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    +whatever on service.

    The guy that won the Bethel Spring Series (Cat 3-4) this year took about a year plus to get back into good racing shape after his stint in the badlands. His first year back wasn't that great on the bike (and I daresay it was a tough year in general). Now in the races that suit him he's very good. In others he works for his teammates, and three of them upgraded to Cat 2 in the last two years, so his work is good.

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    Congratulations on making it back from Iraq, and thanks.
    +thanks as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    Congratulations on making it back from Iraq, and thanks.
    +1
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