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    My first race is approaching soon!

    Hey guys!

    This is my first post in the 33! I just signed up today for my first cat 5 criterium . Not looking for advice or anything (If you'd like to provide some by all means go ahead) but just wanting to express my feelings of excitement, fear and nervousness. I have been riding for about a year now but officially training with the help of another forum member for about 2 months now and I've advanced more in those two months than the other 10.

    I am actually about to have an intense few weeks, in a good way. Bought a power meter and should be getting it in a few days. Have a century this coming saturday, the criterium the next saturday and a 3 gap ride the sunday after the crit. I couldn't be happier right now . I am wearing my speedsuit for the first time since I bought it about a month back this saturday because finally I feel like I can fit in it without looking like the michellin man.

    Wish me luck
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    Don't be a *****, win it!
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    Speedsuits (skinsuit I assume) make you faster! At least, I always feel faster in mine.

    Best of luck.
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    Thank you guys!

    I feel confident that if I just break away from the beggining and try to stay away from the pack like im running from a herd of buffalos I'll be able to slice through the wind in my body paint therefore winning all sorts of trophies and maybe getting bumped to cat 1 since there wont be a need for me to do any of that whinny cat 4-3-2 stuff :\. HTFU! :sarcarsm over:

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    Have fun, and post up your report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    Have fun, and post up your report!
    +1 to the "Have fun" part! Give 'em hell. Your job is to race safely and cross the line (hopefully first) with nothing left in the tanks; in that order. Good luck.
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    I did my first crit a few weeks ago and was so nervous I had nightmares about sleeping in and missing BOTH cat 5 races. It was way fun though. I am completely hooked now. I think in crits you don't really feel pain even when working hard - the excitement kind of masks the effort. Now I am getting excited for my next crit. Oh, but don't get so excited you forget to be careful - you don't want to end up mixing with asphalt.

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    I will defintielly post up that report.

    Right now my goal is not to get dropped. I wont be shooting for the front but rather to stay on the outside line of the peloton until the end when I will give it my all trying to score the best placement I can.

    I am nervous as nervous can be!.. I start training with power this week or the next and I hope that can give me an indication of how good I can sustain effort on openers and such!

    I am hyped !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    . I am wearing my speedsuit for the first time since I bought it about a month back this saturday because finally I feel like I can fit in it without looking like the michellin man.

    Wish me luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Right now my goal is not to get dropped. I wont be shooting for the front but rather to stay on the outside line of the peloton until the end when I will give it my all trying to score the best placement I can.
    Trouble comes from the inside out. When the clueless guy on the inside line f's up, the carnage moves outward.

    Try to figure out who looks smooth and competent, and follow their line.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    Hey hey - watch your mouth...
    Fatguys can ride too......
    Betcha i'll be getting dropped by a few heavysets with massive horse legs! And still, tried the speed suit on yesterday and it doesnt fit like I thought it would.. the belly still shows and I have a bit of muffin bottoms ! on top of that it has a hole next to the belly button about 2mm diameter. No idea on what to do! I wanna wear it but Im afraid I might end up with a totally exposed belly and a pair of body paint shorts!...

    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Trouble comes from the inside out. When the clueless guy on the inside line f's up, the carnage moves outward.

    Try to figure out who looks smooth and competent, and follow their line.
    man... not sure what to shoot for. I hope somebody takes me under their wing . This will be an eye opening experience I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Betcha i'll be getting dropped by a few heavysets with massive horse legs! And still, tried the speed suit on yesterday and it doesnt fit like I thought it would.. the belly still shows and I have a bit of muffin bottoms ! on top of that it has a hole next to the belly button about 2mm diameter. No idea on what to do! I wanna wear it but Im afraid I might end up with a totally exposed belly and a pair of body paint shorts!...
    Duder you're racing bicycles, it isn't a fashion show and when you are in Z5 it will be the last thing you are (and should) be thinking about
    Have fun, race, safe and get ready to get the bug...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post

    man... not sure what to shoot for.
    Finishing upright with the group is a good goal. If you come to the end, and have a shot to win or place so much the better.

    Ride smoothly, predictably, keep your eyes out for people who don't, protect your front wheel.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Good luck!
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    don't forget to warm up plenty

    also don't eat too much food before the race. I almost puked toward the end in my first race, and all I had was a banana....

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Hey guys!

    This is my first post in the 33! I just signed up today for my first cat 5 criterium . Not looking for advice or anything (If you'd like to provide some by all means go ahead) but just wanting to express my feelings of excitement, fear and nervousness. I have been riding for about a year now but officially training with the help of another forum member for about 2 months now and I've advanced more in those two months than the other 10.

    I am actually about to have an intense few weeks, in a good way. Bought a power meter and should be getting it in a few days. Have a century this coming saturday, the criterium the next saturday and a 3 gap ride the sunday after the crit. I couldn't be happier right now . I am wearing my speedsuit for the first time since I bought it about a month back this saturday because finally I feel like I can fit in it without looking like the michellin man.

    Wish me luck
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    It's only 41 until he actually races.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    hhmmmm I have a feeling some of you guys don't think I'll make it.... I'll show you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spectastic View Post
    don't forget to warm up plenty

    also don't eat too much food before the race. I almost puked toward the end in my first race, and all I had was a banana....

    good luck
    Wait, isn't that almost ready to puke feeling pretty common after an extremely hard effort like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    Wait, isn't that almost ready to puke feeling pretty common after an extremely hard effort like that?
    A couple things at play. Lactate is generated by hard efforts. It's metabolized by the liver, and if you get too much of it in your blood, your liver is maxed, and you feel nauseous. If you combine that with a full stomach, it can magnify the effect.

    The main reason you don't want to eat anything substantial in the 3 hours before a race is that your stomach requires a lot of blood to digest a meal. Your body will not allocate enough blood for your legs if you're still working on a meal. If you fast for ~3 hours, then your legs will get what they need. A light half-snack in the last hour is fine, but chew it really well.

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    Good luck! No more road stuff around here so I'm jealous. Plenty of cross though.

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    Mathematically speaking, I'm probably closer to my last race than my first race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    Mathematically speaking, I'm probably closer to my last race than my first race.
    I bet you're a hit at parties.
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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