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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
    Only if you need it.

    FWIW, I have an Excel checklist that I print out for any real race and check things off as I pack it the day before. On race morning, I grab the cold bottles out of the fridge and roll. It saves me from the small pre-race aggro and/or second guessing. That alone is worth hitting 'print'.
    Nah, really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Registrations get lost, computers lose power, etc. Better to have proof you've signed up and paid rather than having to argue with the poor volunteer at reg.
    True enough.

    But in the days of smartphones, seems like a pre-reg confirmation email is just as good as a paper receipt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    But in the days of smartphones, seems like a pre-reg confirmation email is just as good as a paper receipt.
    That's what I've used. I haven't taken my paper license out of my wallet yet this year, either. It's on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KantoBoy View Post

    1.How soon before the race should I stop warming up?

    2.Err, is it normal for people like myself who are going alone in a race to set up their trainers in the parking lot? lol I know silly question, but I need to trainer to warm up.

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    Going to watch some M-SR 2013 highlights as it's a "risk of thundershowers" tomorrow. I'm really getting christened tomorrow.
    #1 : Stop warming up as soon as possible close to the start time. Minimize your downtime.
    On my first race, I overdid the warmup. Coupled with lots of anxiety, I got dropped after the 3rd lap of the 20 lap crit.
    Don't be surprised if you get dropped. If not, good for you.

    #2 : Totally normal, fine, nobody cares really. Do it in the shade. Thank me later.


    Also pack your bags the night before, and don't change your bike - seatpost height, saddle fore/aft, etc. Don't touch. Eat a good breakfast, even if you're not hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    That's what I've used. I haven't taken my paper license out of my wallet yet this year, either. It's on the phone.
    Yeah, what can I say. I'm a belt and suspenders kind of guy.
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    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Yeah, what can I say. I'm a belt and suspenders kind of guy.
    Must look snazzy in a P/1/2/3 field.

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    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    Nah, really?
    I yam what I yam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    #quitit

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Must look snazzy in a P/1/2/3 field.
    I use the suspenders as a bungee cord to hang on to the end of the train.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    fify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    #never
    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Doing one-legged squats while holding chickens in each hand will make someone strong...that doesn't mean it's the best way to train for track racing.
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    That would be spectacular. A trail of blood and sealant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    So how did it go?
    top 25% overall, top 5 in my age group (participants were 200+).

    I played my cards right until I got over confident (newbie mistakes galore!): got stuck in a group who didn't want to chase (there were 4 groups ahead of us). "Felt" strong so I tried going myself twice but they reeled me back - I wanted to try and drop them all at this hilly section but I gassed out. I really paid the price on the 2nd try. I had very close chances to get back in the group because I knew the terrain/course, but I'm obviously not the most powerful guy on the flats being 145lbs. It was 1 vs 10, lol.

    Had to go a lonely 12mi by myself. I passed the guy who led the group I was in with about 3mi left.

    Still, I enjoyed and was satisfied by my result considering it was my first one.
    Last edited by KantoBoy; 07-02-13 at 09:54 AM.

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    Well hell. You finished your first race and didn't crash. That counts as a win. Now just 9 more. Did you happen to meet anyone there who lives near you and seems cool that you could ride with so you don't have to go alone to you next race. That that you'd expect to find a team at your first race, but races are probably the place where you're most likely to find and hook up with other people who like to race.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    My general rule is the shorter the race, the longer my warmup. For a RR over 50miles, my warmup might just be riding from my car to the line.
    I usually get right up front and ride hard, that's my warm up for a road race
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    Quote Originally Posted by KantoBoy View Post
    but I'm obviously not the most powerful guy on the flats being 145lbs.
    Your weight has nothing to do with your ability to produce power. Good job finishing and staying upright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Well hell. You finished your first race and didn't crash. That counts as a win. Now just 9 more. Did you happen to meet anyone there who lives near you and seems cool that you could ride with so you don't have to go alone to you next race. That that you'd expect to find a team at your first race, but races are probably the place where you're most likely to find and hook up with other people who like to race.
    Actually, I'm part of a club that has a team also races. I just wasn't sure whether or not they will be participating. I asked the leader but wasn't too sure himself. I also didn't want to suit up for them as I didn't want to embarrass the team's name.

    Thanks for all the tips and well wishers here. Now it's time for me to enjoy being on a bike. It was 2 long months of structured training so I wasn't able to do what I wanted to.

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    There's nothing wrong with that. I race at a pretty high level, but if I had to choose between racing and riding, no contest.

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    Checklist:
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    - bike
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    - kit
    - toolbag (if track)
    - food/water

    Everything else is relatively minor and can either be done without or easily bummed. At the race, I register/check in, then dress, then warmup, in that order. I usually want about an hour+ to get everything done pre-race. I ride around a bit prior to a road race. I'll ride rollers or trainer until I'm smooth and warm prior to a crit. For track I have a very specific warmups depending on the events. What others are saying, that the shorter the event the longer the warmup, is definitely true. My longest warmup is for track sprinting and might take an hour in its own right. My shortest is for road racing where I might roll around the start area for a couple minutes to let my chamois and bits settle into place.
    Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
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