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Old 08-21-13, 12:08 AM   #2551
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SJBC Twilight Crit, A's. Won it again.

Only 12 laps/24 miles this week, so it seemed short. Larger field, but no heavy hitters. I guess I'm considered a "heavy hitter" there now lol.

Parts of me were a bit sore, getting on the bike the first time after Saturday's doozy of a crash, but I soon forgot all about that and felt normal. Went with the usual moves on the climb, and into the headwind, but as usual didn't do too much work to save up for the sprint.

Pack stayed together this time, I was 3rd wheel on the finish straight, maybe 500m to the line? On TT-champ's wheel, and he led me out like a champ and dropped me off at the bottom of the 3-5% hill. (finish was near the top this week). I sprinted for what felt like FOREVER (about 30 seconds, maybe more), in 53x11, and slowed considerably but nobody came around.

Win, crash, win - all in a week's time. It's just how I roll.
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.... I guess I'm considered a "heavy hitter" there now lol.

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go, mattm! way to rebound after a week with a crash.
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re: SJBC tuesday crit....do you have to be on SJBC to do this? also congrats
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You just pay an extra $5 ($15 total) to race.

Btw next week is the last one for this season! http://www.teamsanjose.org/twilights/
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SJBC Twilight Crit, A's. Won it again.

Only 12 laps/24 miles this week, so it seemed short. Larger field, but no heavy hitters. I guess I'm considered a "heavy hitter" there now lol.

Parts of me were a bit sore, getting on the bike the first time after Saturday's doozy of a crash, but I soon forgot all about that and felt normal. Went with the usual moves on the climb, and into the headwind, but as usual didn't do too much work to save up for the sprint.

Pack stayed together this time, I was 3rd wheel on the finish straight, maybe 500m to the line? On TT-champ's wheel, and he led me out like a champ and dropped me off at the bottom of the 3-5% hill. (finish was near the top this week). I sprinted for what felt like FOREVER (about 30 seconds, maybe more), in 53x11, and slowed considerably but nobody came around.

Win, crash, win - all in a week's time. It's just how I roll.
Nice!

Also, got a hype up email from Red Kite letting everyone know that you're in the hunt for the omnium. Good work and good luck on the next two races.
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Nice!

Also, got a hype up email from Red Kite letting everyone know that you're in the hunt for the omnium. Good work and good luck on the next two races.
Thanks!

Yeah I'm 3rd overall in the 2/3's, but I will probably skip the TT this weekend, and since 4th place is only one point behind me he'll take 3rd for now. (he's signed up for the TT)

Then in the last crit I just have to beat him by ~6 places to get 3rd back.. It's risky, but that's how much I hate TTs..
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Grant Park Criterium - Cat 5, 9/24


This was my first race after returning home from Afghanistan. It had been pouring rain constantly all week. Luckily, the rain took a break just before my son did a kids race and started back up shortly after I finished my race. I was beaming when my son took 3rd place in the 5-6 year old race.

It felt great riding on a real bicycle again, and I was gathering some good data on my new power meter leading up to the race. It looks like my FTP is about 280w, and I'm pretty happy with my power for efforts 5 min and greater. However, my power numbers for shorter durations are somewhat lacking. I figured that my best chance of doing well would be to stick with the pack, then try to break away in the last 10 minutes. That didn't happen...

The course was about .9 miles with a steep downhill and moderate uphill, and wasn't very technical. I was sitting about 10-15 riders back during the first prime and didn't try to contest it because of my lackluster sprint power. 7 riders from 2 teams formed a break after the prime and were about 15-20 seconds off the front. In hindsight, I definitely could have bridged if I had tried within 1-2 laps. Unfortunately, I never pulled the trigger.

I spent the rest of the race doing the majority of the work in the chase group that started off with about 10 riders and whittled down to 5. The others weren't doing very hard pulls and it was obvious that the break would stay away, so I figured I'd use the race to see what I was capable of. I ended up producing some of my best power numbers to date.

I wasn't really planning on fighting for 8th place in the last lap, but when people started picking up speed in the final straight, I decided to put in one last push. I came from the back of the chase, and squeaked out 2nd in the group right at the line.

Overall, I felt strong and have a much better idea what I need to work on. Hopefully, I can keep training hard and start winning races down the road.
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That's great work, man. Welcome home.
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Grant Park Criterium - Cat 5, 9/24


This was my first race after returning home from Afghanistan. It had been pouring rain constantly all week. Luckily, the rain took a break just before my son did a kids race and started back up shortly after I finished my race. I was beaming when my son took 3rd place in the 5-6 year old race.

It felt great riding on a real bicycle again, and I was gathering some good data on my new power meter leading up to the race. It looks like my FTP is about 280w, and I'm pretty happy with my power for efforts 5 min and greater. However, my power numbers for shorter durations are somewhat lacking. I figured that my best chance of doing well would be to stick with the pack, then try to break away in the last 10 minutes. That didn't happen...

The course was about .9 miles with a steep downhill and moderate uphill, and wasn't very technical. I was sitting about 10-15 riders back during the first prime and didn't try to contest it because of my lackluster sprint power. 7 riders from 2 teams formed a break after the prime and were about 15-20 seconds off the front. In hindsight, I definitely could have bridged if I had tried within 1-2 laps. Unfortunately, I never pulled the trigger.

I spent the rest of the race doing the majority of the work in the chase group that started off with about 10 riders and whittled down to 5. The others weren't doing very hard pulls and it was obvious that the break would stay away, so I figured I'd use the race to see what I was capable of. I ended up producing some of my best power numbers to date.

I wasn't really planning on fighting for 8th place in the last lap, but when people started picking up speed in the final straight, I decided to put in one last push. I came from the back of the chase, and squeaked out 2nd in the group right at the line.

Overall, I felt strong and have a much better idea what I need to work on. Hopefully, I can keep training hard and start winning races down the road.
Awesome way to start racing! Keep working at it; you sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and know what to work on.

Also, welcome home
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Welcome home brother and thanks for your service!

Nice race for both you and your son. Enjoy that Family time as you earned it.
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Grant Park Criterium - Cat 5, 9/24


This was my first race after returning home from Afghanistan. It had been pouring rain constantly all week. Luckily, the rain took a break just before my son did a kids race and started back up shortly after I finished my race. I was beaming when my son took 3rd place in the 5-6 year old race.

It felt great riding on a real bicycle again, and I was gathering some good data on my new power meter leading up to the race. It looks like my FTP is about 280w, and I'm pretty happy with my power for efforts 5 min and greater. However, my power numbers for shorter durations are somewhat lacking. I figured that my best chance of doing well would be to stick with the pack, then try to break away in the last 10 minutes. That didn't happen...

The course was about .9 miles with a steep downhill and moderate uphill, and wasn't very technical. I was sitting about 10-15 riders back during the first prime and didn't try to contest it because of my lackluster sprint power. 7 riders from 2 teams formed a break after the prime and were about 15-20 seconds off the front. In hindsight, I definitely could have bridged if I had tried within 1-2 laps. Unfortunately, I never pulled the trigger.

I spent the rest of the race doing the majority of the work in the chase group that started off with about 10 riders and whittled down to 5. The others weren't doing very hard pulls and it was obvious that the break would stay away, so I figured I'd use the race to see what I was capable of. I ended up producing some of my best power numbers to date.

I wasn't really planning on fighting for 8th place in the last lap, but when people started picking up speed in the final straight, I decided to put in one last push. I came from the back of the chase, and squeaked out 2nd in the group right at the line.

Overall, I felt strong and have a much better idea what I need to work on. Hopefully, I can keep training hard and start winning races down the road.
Nice job! Welcome home and thanks for your service! Congrats to the youngin' too!
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CCCX 2/3s - 4th of maybe 15 or 20
CCCX 3/4 - 1st of 25ish
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First was the 2/3 race. Only 20ish guys.

Small field => huge attacks right off the bat. Less hiding meant we were 8 guys after 1 4-mile lap. The pace was just brutal. At some point 1 specialized development team kid took off solo. He soloed for 2 or 3 laps while the guys in my group argued about who would pull.

I usually get irritated with that behavior and fall for it and do the pulling. After a lap of it today I was like, well, wtf, "that's racing", and shut it down. I dangled on the back of the group.

The game-players were right and we caught the poor solo kid on the final descent before the finish. Of the 8 I finished 4th, which is an improvement in my break-riding results. I actually passed 2 guys in the sprint. I was happy.

stats: 26 miles, 22.8mph, 2000ft climbed, AP 305 (!), NP 345 (!!) - both highs for a race hour that wasn't a pure hill.

2nd race of the day was 3/4s and started exactly 10min after my first race finished.

First lap uneventful. 2nd lap I jumped and started a 3-man break. All 3 of us had at least a teammate in the field and we stayed away for 20 of the 55 minutes. When we were caught there were 5 to make 8, down from 25 or so at the start.

The 8 of us rode a couple of laps with a few going-nowhere attacks.

The last lap my teammate and I were feeling antsy. The pace had been kind of slow so I jumped. After getting a 50m gap I felt all the miles from yesterday and the previous race and knew I wasn't going to solo for long. I sat down and made the group chase.

When I was caught, my teammate jumped to a 50m gap. I sat on and watched the guys look at each other until someone pulled him back in. When we caught him I flew up on the inside and did it again, getting maybe 100m this time. When I was caught, my teammate countered.

It was so much ****ing fun. Those 6 other guys ran themselves ragged covering our attacks, and aside from the 30s jumps, we sat in and coasted. We repeated that attack-counter game 3 solid times heading into the final climb. On the final climb I went to the front, hit the corner so hard I nearly crashed, then jumped and hammered it.

It's a stair-step climb, so at the top of the first step I looked at my gap. It was huge. No one wanted to chase me down, up a hill and into a stiff wind. I saw that and went for it. Buried it on the flat while I was out of sight, shifted to the little ring and threshold-climbed/TT'd up the steps, down the descent and through the finish.

I was clear by 30 seconds, at least.

Good times. They totally erase the nasty taste I had from yesterdays RR.
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CCCX 2/3s - 4th of maybe 15 or 20
CCCX 3/4 - 1st of 25ish
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First was the 2/3 race. Only 20ish guys.

Small field => huge attacks right off the bat. Less hiding meant we were 8 guys after 1 4-mile lap. The pace was just brutal. At some point 1 specialized development team kid took off solo. He soloed for 2 or 3 laps while the guys in my group argued about who would pull.

I usually get irritated with that behavior and fall for it and do the pulling. After a lap of it today I was like, well, wtf, "that's racing", and shut it down. I dangled on the back of the group.

The game-players were right and we caught the poor solo kid on the final descent before the finish. Of the 8 I finished 4th, which is an improvement in my break-riding results. I actually passed 2 guys in the sprint. I was happy.

stats: 26 miles, 22.8mph, 2000ft climbed, AP 305 (!), NP 345 (!!) - both highs for a race hour that wasn't a pure hill.

2nd race of the day was 3/4s and started exactly 10min after my first race finished.

First lap uneventful. 2nd lap I jumped and started a 3-man break. All 3 of us had at least a teammate in the field and we stayed away for 20 of the 55 minutes. When we were caught there were 5 to make 8, down from 25 or so at the start.

The 8 of us rode a couple of laps with a few going-nowhere attacks.

The last lap my teammate and I were feeling antsy. The pace had been kind of slow so I jumped. After getting a 50m gap I felt all the miles from yesterday and the previous race and knew I wasn't going to solo for long. I sat down and made the group chase.

When I was caught, my teammate jumped to a 50m gap. I sat on and watched the guys look at each other until someone pulled him back in. When we caught him I flew up on the inside and did it again, getting maybe 100m this time. When I was caught, my teammate countered.

It was so much ****ing fun. Those 6 other guys ran themselves ragged covering our attacks, and aside from the 30s jumps, we sat in and coasted. We repeated that attack-counter game 3 solid times heading into the final climb. On the final climb I went to the front, hit the corner so hard I nearly crashed, then jumped and hammered it.

It's a stair-step climb, so at the top of the first step I looked at my gap. It was huge. No one wanted to chase me down, up a hill and into a stiff wind. I saw that and went for it. Buried it on the flat while I was out of sight, shifted to the little ring and threshold-climbed/TT'd up the steps, down the descent and through the finish.

I was clear by 30 seconds, at least.

Good times. They totally erase the nasty taste I had from yesterdays RR.


Very nice, congrats. Those team-up on the breakaways can really work out well and can be a blast. We've even managed to pwn another team in a 2 vs. 2 four-man break, just by being the aggressors and capitalizing on their lack of decision making -- going 1-2 in the finish.

Well done.
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I raced a "kermesse" today. It will probably be the first and last that I do.
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The pace had been kind of slow so I jumped. After getting a 50m gap I felt all the miles from yesterday and the previous race and knew I wasn't going to solo for long. I sat down and made the group chase.

When I was caught, my teammate jumped to a 50m gap. I sat on and watched the guys look at each other until someone pulled him back in. When we caught him I flew up on the inside and did it again, getting maybe 100m this time. When I was caught, my teammate countered.

It was so much ****ing fun. Those 6 other guys ran themselves ragged covering our attacks
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CCCX 2/3s - 4th of maybe 15 or 20
CCCX 3/4 - 1st of 25ish
Dude, niiiiice!!

I didn't think anyone was gonna show up to cccx so I went out and did Vacaville instead.

Awesome that you rocked it out there!! Congrats.
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