Yeah, living in Central TX, you have to be ready to roll from the end of Jan through April. Tough to have it all so condensed. Pace Bend/Walburg and Lago are consecutive weekends, and Lago would be great courses for you (both directions).
First year of racing, so I didn't really set any true goals other than to race and learn as much as possible. I joined a team that is well supported and overall a great team that helped guide me a lot through all the in and outs of beginner racing. I was planning a wedding for the duration of the season so I found it difficult at times to balance training, racing, and real life. I can't imagine how some do it with families. I raced a variety of races (6 RR, 8 crits, 2 TT) and that included 2 "stage races" (RR, Crit, TT). Upgraded to Cat 4 at the end of the season. Highlights were 4th in a crit and 4th in a TT. A lot of the other stuff was pack finishing. If I have to evaluate the season as a whole I think it was a success, especially comparing end of season races to the first races (spit out the back like a newb). No crashes, but did avoid a handful in front of me at various races. Most importantly, learned a lot and had fun. Can't wait for next season.
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My season was hit and miss. My only goal for 2013 was to win a p/1/2 race; didn't happen.
On the plus side, I moved to CA, raced a ton (70-something in total, including training races), won two training races, and lapped a field for the first time in my career. Took in about $200 cash for the year, gave away about five bottles of wine.
On the downside, I didn't win any real races, placed way too much in the 10th to 20th range, and crashed a few times.
Losing/submitting mediocre results is good motivation for me to train hard for next year!! Already looking forward to Base, which starts soon.
The reason I said don't rush it is due to the fact that many times I have seen guys become over anxious to produce a result, all of a sudden they see a 'gap' open that they think they need to get through (especially in a crit) and can physically get through then once they commit they realize that they need a 46cm hole and they only have 42, you know the end result...
"if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein
I have a google alert for site="bikeforums.net/33 + hole"
not just "alert" me.
- Begin racing again
- Have fun
- Don't burn out
Altogether, I'm pleased with my season. Raced from Jan through July and called it quits after that. So I accomplished (1) and (2). Definitely burned out a bit, but I continued riding, just many fewer hours. This is better than previous years when I would just stop riding completely.
Got a few results, but I'm most proud of the times I didn't get a result. I raced my ass off.
Every. Single. Race. I took the bull by the horns - or at least tried to. I was caught within 200m probably 5 or 6 times.
Got 4th in a stage race, top 10 at Fayetteville, so I got a handful of points. got my cat 1 mtb upgrade, so that was a bright spot as well.
I'm sure when you were getting to the point of blowing nothing was obvious but making the pain stop...I don't know about you but after the fact I always look back at those moments and think 'why didn't I just keep going' but at the time there wasn't enough oxygen on the planet to make me take one more pedal stroke.
I fixed 6 rotted out windows, almost finished the 7th. Got my daughter to clean her room, fixed the lawnmower, may take up the town deal on solar panels (50% off). Fixed the dog's electric fence.
Will soon be evicting birds over the bay window, then fix that. Found a home for the bike trailer, will soon sell parts on Ebay that have been getting dusty
Did 2 dump runs, 1 more to go.
Downside - no progress on the water leak, basement still a mess
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike