my first outdoor ride since November was the Friday TT. I was totally prepared and had a solid ride--equipment was ready, was mentally focused, nailed my pacing, HR was pegged....but my power was down by just about 10% vs what I have done for similar durations, on the rollers, alone, at 6,300 elevation. Still scratching my head on that one. Was like 14th or something...the top 5 were very strong. And poof! There went my GC chances.
i was fired up for the RR...lots of wind and five times over a climb. Tis was my first group ride ao i was extra attentive to my pack handling as i didnt want to be thatguy.Our field, too, was neutralized to allow a pro break and then the field pass just after the fourth time over the climb when a selection had been made. All riders caught back on and the last lap became a parade to the climb. Oh we'll, it's going to be a shoot-out. Hope everyone grout their guns. I took 4th. Had to pull out into the wind earlier than I preferred to get around a fading rider. #1 won it by a wheel but the margin was tight for 2-3-4. Just didn't have that turbo boost. I shouldn't expect it as I can't do a full horsepower sprint on the trainer.
crit was really fun, lots of turns. I felt solid all race but got swarmed on the back half of the last lap and dropped from 5th to 20th. I knew I had to be 5th or so going into the 2nd to last turn. Finished 15th or so...unremarkable.
I was very psyched to feel both strong and confident with my handling. I was lucky to be riding outside in amazing weather, much less racing, in February. This is a real jump on the season for me and gave me exactly what I needed--a good way to see how I stack up against he competition with a race that draws riders for many states, and many who have been racing already in 2013 and may never have stopped riding outdoors. Gives me something to go on for the next few months of indoor training when I emerge again for my bigger goals.
i recommend this race. The scenery is unremarkable (the TT was like an indoor workout done outside!), but something about the race organization and the racers themselves is amazing.