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Old 07-21-13, 06:39 PM   #1
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First win!

Won a Cat 4/5 crit today by about a hair length for my first win since I started racing last year. I've had some really great training rides recently (set a new PR 1 minute power test at 692 watts a few days ago), so was feeling good going into the race. Actually, I credit using a foam roller to loosen up my quads and IT bands as creating the boost in performance. The foam roller has been a revelation. Going into the race, if the opportunity presented itself I wanted to try a breakaway since I'm not a great sprinter (the course is about 0.5 mile, flat, with some twisty turns). About 30 minutes into the race, shortly after a prime, I went off the front without making a big production, and got chased down.. Attacked again, and got separation. Rode about 8 minutes solo, and 2 guys eventually bridged. They were spent from the chase and didn't do much work. In retrospect I should have tried to get rid of them right then and there. since I was doing 75% of the work. Going into the final 2 laps, another rider bridged so we were a group of 4. On the last lap, I led off the front and went into a sprint with about 25 seconds to go and barely held 2 riders off, literally by a hair to get the win. Really happy with the result. Halfway to Cat 3 in upgrade points.

49 min
20.5 miles
248 watts avg, 296 normalized
peak 1' 468w
peak 5' 371w
peak 10' 342w
peak 20' 319w, 338 normalized
avg HR 167
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Old 07-21-13, 06:41 PM   #2
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Great win! Congrats!!!
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Enjoy it. A lot of folks never win a race.
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Nice!! Well done laying it on the line... aggressive, off the front, attacking.
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That's great!! Did you get your BMC at EBP cycle lab? I used to ride with Gunter and Carlos when I lived in Miami, they're good guys. Rosewood series?
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That's great!! Did you get your BMC at EBP cycle lab? I used to ride with Gunter and Carlos when I lived in Miami, they're good guys. Rosewood series?
Cool, no I got my bike from mega cycle in weston. Also have a BMC time trial bike that I got used on eBay. Love BMC.
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+1. Enjoy the wins whenever/wherever you get them.
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Nice work! Congrats.

One note: careful on the attribution of strength/performance to any one thing (like a foam roller). There have been many times in this sport where I attributed a great performance to the wrong thing, and was disappointed when it didn't bear fruit ever again. Sometimes you'll be right, and sometimes you won't.
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that's why you have to do all the things. foam roller, beat juice, intervals, throw salt over your shoulder and line up 4th at the start.
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