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Old 09-05-12, 06:02 AM   #1
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Good Morning!
Did my first USAC Cat-5 race this past weekend...and got beaten and left for dead. They actually left me finish because the field was small (18 riders- broken into 2 because 50 registered) and it wasn't interfering with the second bunch starting an hour after we did. I wish I could cite all the posters who's advice I took beforehand but cannot, so consider this a general thank-you. Suck the wheel in front of you like it's the last one on earth, keep your speed up constantly, watch your gearing and cadence, careful in turns...etc. All taken in and heeded. Unfortunately, they kicked the snot out of me!!

But it was awesome and I can't wait to go back again!

So thank you everyone for your posted advice for a new guy to racing! I felt after riding for over a year now and dropping 50 ish pounds I could hang in there, and I will dammit! Eventually!

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Old 09-05-12, 07:15 AM   #2
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Good job on your race. I had my first crit a couple weekends ago and a similar thing happened to me. I'd been riding hard for about a year and also lost a bunch of weight. Even though I knew I wasn't ready to be actually competitive, I wanted to do it to get the experience so I know what I'm in for next year when things get serious.
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Old 09-05-12, 07:30 AM   #3
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Congrats on the first race. You'll figure it out.
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Old 09-05-12, 07:39 AM   #4
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Hey WR isn't it awesome to read someone's first race report?
To the OP and others, ole rkwaki is proud of you guys, just when you think it gets easier, you cat up

Keep up the good work.
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Old 09-05-12, 07:46 AM   #5
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It gets easier??
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Old 09-05-12, 07:50 AM   #6
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Just upgrade until you suck again.
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Nice. You scared me there for a minute, I thought you literally had your head caved in.
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Just upgrade until you suck again.
Haven't stopped sucking yet...Give me a a few more years and I might get this
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whoa. Now wait just a minute... I will hopefully get better at sucking, then I upgrade and suck worse again?!?!

That's a lot of sucking! ...maybe I should start bowling or something.....

and valygrl - didn't mean to scare you with my title!
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There's a reason that experienced bike racers are generally pretty humble people... congrats on your first start!

Now, like skydiving, the trick is to do it AGAIN.
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whoa. Now wait just a minute... I will hopefully get better at sucking, then I upgrade and suck worse again?!?!
Not necessarily.
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Old 09-05-12, 01:37 PM   #13
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Just upgrade until you suck again.
LOL, Gotta love that phrase!

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Did my first USAC Cat-5 race this past weekend...and got beaten and left for dead.
Congrats on your first race!

I've only done two crits so far (first year racing) and a handful of RR and CR. I was lapped in my first crit (first race ever), but stayed in the pack the second crit.

The first crit was where I learned about "the race before the race." I.e., getting a good place at the start line. And to avoid getting behind doofuses who don't know enough to have one foot clipped in when they say "Go!"
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Just upgrade until you suck again.
Yeah. Pretty much.

Congrats, guys. You are bike racers now and in my book that's a pretty cool thing.
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Nice. You scared me there for a minute, I thought you literally had your head caved in.
Yeah, I was expecting some gruesome race video in here.

Anyway, congrats.

And like others have said, racing is a true realization of the Peter Principle: We get promoted to the point of incompetence.
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Good on you for getting one under your belt. I too thought maybe you put a losing bet on your race with the wrong gent or pissed off some Italians who then decided to cinzano you. Glad to hear nothing like that went down.
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Good job getting out there! I got the snot kicked out of me for a half of a season as a Cat5 until I started hanging and finally a top 10 finish and I am weak. It will come.

Then I got the snot kicked out of me in the one Cat4 race I did this season. Something to shoot for next year!

Go get'em.
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I had the snot kicked out of me every cat 4 race this season.
<--slow learner.
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Good job getting out there! I got the snot kicked out of me for a half of a season as a Cat5 until I started hanging and finally a top 10 finish and I am weak. It will come.

Then I got the snot kicked out of me in the one Cat4 race I did this season. Something to shoot for next year!

Go get'em.
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Everyone, thank you for the encouragement. It was, to say the least, a humbling experience! Some of my co-workers asked me if it discouraged me, and my honest answer was that it did not, what it did was piss me off and make me determined to get in the pack, and move forward from there. I have already started to switch my training rides from distance to intervals, speed, and climbing faster. Next season I will race as much as I can and get my slow a$$ to stay in the group!

...then I want to do a few time trials...the suffering with that discipline seems intense!
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