I never contribute to this thread because my races are mostly unremarkable (wow, another 12th in a 4/5 field!), but I thought I'd share that I got my first win tonight! 4/5 "B" race at the local weekly crit, smaller field than usual (~35), and they'd asked a few of the faster guys to move up to the A field to change things up in B. Point of the story was that I've had a run of 4 consecutive 5th place finishes and all 4 of the guys ahead of me chose to race the other field (I was asked to, but I had a night class right after so couldn't). Without those 4 guys, I thought I'd have a real shot for once and tried to avoid working too hard to chase early breaks. I told myself I'd try a solo attack with 2 laps to go but I got boxed in at the point I wanted to go, so I waited. Good thing, because the last lap shuffle before the final corner got me into 3rd wheel and gave me a dandy lead out to take the lead going around the outside of the final fast bend and hold it to the line. Great feeling to look to my side with a few feet to go and realize no one was going to come around me for once.
I know it was just a training race and my competition was somewhat weaker than normal, but it was a nice boost before my wedding next weekend and will possibly be my last race of the year. Next year I'll do the A field and get slaughtered by Ben King's dad and little brother. Gonna be eye opening.
SJBC training crit, last one of the season.
I lost this time.
Good training though! I went hard a bunch.
My teammates SOC won three in a row in the Bs a little while back. He has now won an A race, something I haven't really done (I won a rain shortened race, I gambled on the race ending shortly after it started and raced accordingly). He's accomplished other things that I've never done also, all in a few years.
Congrats on the win and the wedding.
Cat 1 o-meter: 0/35 points
Thanks guys. It was also exactly one year since my first race (at the same venue), I've done about 20 collegiate and USAC races since then but only started getting top 5s in the last month, so I guess I've been doing something right but I think it's really just being smarter about positioning, I felt like I was in better shape when I started racing because I had more time to train. All the advice you guys give here about strategy helped!
Last race of the year last night. Nothing too crazy to report, but I think it was my 50th race of the year counting training races and TT's. Not too shabby for my first season
50 is so many races. I can't comprehend it.
I did 23 race days my first year, 32 race days last year, and 20 race days so far this year. These are days, so not including multiple races a day. I'll probably have another 6 race days by the end of this year. I missed a lot from my injury, I took basically 3 months away from racing.
50 is a solid number.
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Does racing the old guy on the commuter on my way to work count as a training race? Haha
I normally do about 45 but the crash cost me a bunch this year, and I am older than just about all of you suckers.
at 66 for the year, with about 10 more to go.
so not quite 80, closer to 75.
Hotter Than Hell Hundred, Wichita Falls TX
Saturday, 62 mile M35+ 4/5 road race: Crashed at the 1k to go sign with a handful of others. I am ok, just a little sore. I think 2 guys got totted off in the ambulance. I was in the main field and probably would have had a top ten finish. I was pissed as this would have been my first RR to finish with the field. HHH is a little flatter and I am a sprinter (not a climber if you know what I am saying ). Rolled in 55th (still beat a few guys).
Sunday M35+ 4/5 Crit: As I said, I am a sprinter....5th!
Our team cleaned house pretty well. We took 3rd and 5th in the RR. 3rd, 5th and 8th in the crit. My two teamates took 2nd and 3rd overall in the omnium. With my 5th place crit finish, I took 10th in the omnium.
Great weekend and looking forward to the RR next year!
Green Mountain Stage Race: Stage 1 TT 5.6 miles
14th of 68
My first time trial. A little disappointed with the result but I am assuming that I can improve from here. I hit my target wattages pretty well but I feel like I could have done a bit more. I was about 45-55 seconds off the leader and apparently if I had gone 5 seconds faster I would have beaten like 9 other guys. Time trial started with a climb that went on for about 2 miles. It was on this climb I passed my 30 second man. Then you take a left and start rolling down a bunch of rollers. It was here that I saw ahead of me both my 1:00 and 1:30 guy. They had been leap frogging eachother for a while as I gained on them. The last 1km is a real kicker though. Basically it is a 14% dip in the road that you then need to climb back out of. It was at this point I rolled up on the two guys and I passed one of them and was about 3-4 seconds off the back of the other guy as we crossed the line. Overall time was 15:11
I was hoping to do alot better but seeing as it was my first TT I will try and cut myself some slack, I certainly felt like I could have cranked out some more power there.