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    More thoughts.

    Think outside the box next time you approach a hill or some "obstacle". This post has to do with not limiting yourself when it comes to hills:
    http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ic-and-me.html

    Pedal speed helps but you need to be able to apply power at speed:
    http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...sprinting.html

    I think you'll do fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekathlete View Post
    I am a cat 5 racer and did about 5 local "practice" crit's last year but I am looking to get into more road racing this year. My rig is a 2006 trek 1500 and although it is a great steed I wish I had a more up to date bicycle but my finances wont allow me to get one at this time.

    I also have a Cervelo P2 for my triathlons that I do with my wife and a club I am part of but I really think I enjoy actual cycling better. So I thought I might try to convert my P2 into a worthy road racer but browsing through the forums here I found that it is ill advised to do something like that.

    So my question is what can I do to make my Trek feel more updated. The drivetrain is a 3x9 and I top out sometimes while sprinting against friends after a casual ride and they end up beating me, i feel, because my gearing tops out. I think that by swapping out the drivetrain it might help give some more years to my Trek before I can afford to go out and get a new carbon machine.

    I really want a new bike but can't afford it so basically what can I do to make my old one be a worthy advisory without paying an arm and a leg in upgrades. What do you think? Any advice would really help me a lot.
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    carpediemracing, thank you for the links to the story's and the youtube videos. I really enjoyed reading the articles and the videos. I have a great deal to learn but I think the #1 thing, like mattm said, is that I need to ride more often.

    Going to a meeting tonight in fact for a club meeting. So hopefully i will get more saddle time and learn more about racing. I will learn hopefully what my body is more built for, sprinting, climbing or just being an overall good rider after riding a lot more.

    When do you think I will be able to tell what type of riding style I am more geared towards so I can start training that discipline more?

    Thanks as always for all your kind advice.
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    Cat5s have no business specializing. You need to get race fit and learn to race first. It will take you some time to learn by experience. Focus on that.

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    Shovelhd,

    I guess its a what if question for the future. I mean technically I think I can cat up after a few more races. I know I have no business specializing yet because I need to ride a whole heck of a lot more but I was just curious when I'd be able to tell about specialization.
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    just race as much as you can. lower cat racers who worry about what to specialize in are silly. you're so far away from peak fitness that for all we know you could completely change. I was never much of a sprinter until this year then it was like boom, i figured that **** out! just race ur bike and enjoy life.
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    Forget about catting up. You hav way too much to learn first.

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    You need 10 finishes to move from 5 to 4. I don't know if your practice crits count.

    If your district has any kind of new racer classes, do them. They count for 5->4 upgrade and you will learn a lot.

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    I do believe the practice crits do count but I won't worry about anything for awhile and just race and get fitter. I will probably learn about all this extra stuff while riding with more experienced guys anyways. I just was curious so I thought I would ask a head of time since we were on the subject and the question came to my mind. Thanks for all your reply's again. I am very thankful to have such a quick and extensive knowledge base at my fingertips with these forums.
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    Practice crits only count if there is an official scoring your finish.

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    yeah i think now that the rule is 10 finishes practice races are no longer counted.
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    Thinking about racing triples. How much better is that Evelyn Stevens story about her dropping all the Cat 4's and bridging to the 3's since she was riding a triple? Didn't seem to hold her back too much.

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    If you haven't already, start going on the local hammerfest rides. If you don't know when and where ask the experienced guys in your club/team at the local racing oriented bike shop. Don't be discouraged if you get dropped. I started as a triathlete myself and found out the hard way that the hardest transition from triathlete to bike racer is learning how to deal with the surges. This involves being able to draft and being able to go anaerobic and then recover. This takes training so, like I said before, don't be discouraged if you get dropped. Just come back next time and hang on a little longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekathlete View Post
    carpediemracing, thank you for the links to the story's and the youtube videos. I really enjoyed reading the articles and the videos. I have a great deal to learn but I think the #1 thing, like mattm said, is that I need to ride more often.

    Going to a meeting tonight in fact for a club meeting. So hopefully i will get more saddle time and learn more about racing. I will learn hopefully what my body is more built for, sprinting, climbing or just being an overall good rider after riding a lot more.

    When do you think I will be able to tell what type of riding style I am more geared towards so I can start training that discipline more?

    Thanks as always for all your kind advice.
    Sorry I didn't see this.

    As noted above you should initially strive to improve across the board. You'll naturally, without trying, find yourself better at some stuff than others. For example when I started I was very light, very skinny, so I assumed I'd be a good climber (5'7", 103 lbs after 3 years of racing, realistically about 90-95 lbs when I started). Ironically I had a terrible time on hills but I was a bit better in sprints.

    When you start accidentally riding away from people without working on hills (climbing), sprints (sprinting), or on windy flat sections (time trial), then you have your answer. It may never happen so don't hold your breath. And don't force it. I'm talking you're going easy on a windy day and everyone starts to complain about your 24 mph pace. If you're fortunate enough to be gifted in one of those areas than great. Regardless you'll need to focus on tactics, being efficient, etc.

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    THank you everyone for all the insight into the world of beginning racing. I am definitely just going to focus on racing and having a great time before I think about upgrading to a serious carbon machine and before I start thinking about specializing in some area. I am looking forward to the season. Thanks again for the comments!
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