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Old 06-16-14, 09:41 PM   #276
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Did you join a team? This is the best way to win a race in the upper cats.
yes. my complete lack of sprint combined with a relatively strong 2-3 min effort makes me useful in a leadout apparently
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Old 06-16-14, 10:11 PM   #277
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yes. my complete lack of sprint combined with a relatively strong 2-3 min effort makes me useful in a leadout apparently
2-3min is a good last-couple-laps get-away power too. otherwise, at least the sprinters sometimes share the wine.
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Old 06-16-14, 11:15 PM   #278
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Thanks for bumping this back up @mattm. Looks like I've checked most of mine
Nice, are you doing Seward these days or PIR?

Also, bring that fancy TT bike down to Cascade, you can use it there!
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Old 06-16-14, 11:20 PM   #279
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on one hand i have won two races (smaller races) and about a month ago i was in the best shape cycling-wise of my life. On the other hand, i've sorta come to grips with the reality of how i hard i'm gonna have to grind to get these upgrade points (not just within the race, but in training). seeing as how i am a racer with no particular strengths other than a willingness to attack and several weakness (no sprint/cant climb). its kind of a daunting thought. i so envy the guys that can hide for 98% of the race and peek out of the crowd at the end for a podium

and i have a touch of mid-season burnout having raced almost continuously since January
If you're getting points, it means you're doing something right! I suggest racing as much as possible, after taking a little break if you're feeling burnt out.

I can feel the legs now after racing since January too, but a week "off" (~4 hours, only one race) helped a ton for me.
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Old 06-16-14, 11:22 PM   #280
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two other thoughts

MattM is pretty much gonna win the BF racer of the award barring some sort of upset. I'm pretty sure there is a jersey that comes with that.

what ever happened to Jandro?
Lol, thanks! But I'm a small fish in the big Norcal pond.. Also it seems like [MENTION=355517]rideaz[/MENTION] has had a helluva season so she should be in the running!

As for power, don't worry too much about what "category" the WKO/coggan charts put you in - I'm outclassed by a lot of guys power-wise, but can sometimes still beat them. You just have to race a lot smarter than them.
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Old 06-16-14, 11:42 PM   #281
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At least one century a month - Nope, but it was a dumb goal anyway
Do a few training crits (I had a bad experience a few years back and just stopped doing them) - Done
Compete in the local TT Series - Series hasn't started yet
At least 2 Road Races - Done.
Don't get injured - So far so good.

I was going to say Everest Challenge but I'm not sure if I'll be up for it. I'm going to take a serious look at my form in March and see if its doable. - Probably not this year (I actually want to compete and not be a tourist
The biggest thing between now and back then is a major change in experience and philosophy. Akin to those movies where the kid has his future self visit him and give him advice while pointing out how naive he is while poking at the lack of self confidence. As far as racing goes, I really haven't had any notable results but I'm still pretty proud of myself to be out there and actually have been a factor in a race or 2.
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Old 06-17-14, 07:20 AM   #282
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My goal for 2014 is simply to race.

I missed almost the entire 2013 season recovering from knee issues. I only did two races - one I DNF'd because I was in too much pain and one I finished solidly in the field. But after both races, my knee swelled up enough to knock me back a lot in my recovery.

The one great advantage I have now is that I can race two to three times at each event, since most races around here have 35+, 3-4 and 3 or 1,2,3 fields.
Met my goal. Several times over now. And the knee is not swelling up on me which is nice. And I even started three crits on one day early in the season.

I'm still working to regain my full race form, but it's coming. Results are not great, but improving, which is nice.
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Old 06-17-14, 10:45 AM   #283
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Nice, are you doing Seward these days or PIR?

Also, bring that fancy TT bike down to Cascade, you can use it there!
PR, but somewhat sporadically as of late. I'll probably switch to Seward sense I'll be racing track every Monday.

I don't think I have the desire to do a stage race right now. I'm not sure if I'll even hit all of the crits on the calender plus I would get blown up in the road stages down there
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Old 06-17-14, 11:17 AM   #284
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Super stretch goal - Cat 3

First though, I need to work on actually finishing races without getting dropped
Stretch goal is highly unlikely at this point...need to work on the not getting dropped part still.

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Old 06-17-14, 12:06 PM   #285
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Um, top 10 in a crit despite not racing for over a year, off the bike last 8 months of 2013, and riding 1-3 hours a week in 2014. (file under outlandish)
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Old 06-18-14, 02:34 PM   #286
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Lol, thanks! But I'm a small fish in the big Norcal pond.. Also it seems like @rideaz has had a helluva season so she should be in the running!
Thanks Matt! However, back when this thread was started, I didn't even have any goals for bike racing. Somehow in January, I was talked into a crit and then joined a team, and it just went from there. I think I've done around 15 races this season? I love it and wish I'd discovered bike racing when I was younger!
I definitely have better goals for next year!
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Old 06-29-14, 04:06 PM   #287
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build huge base -

start cat5

podium something.

don't crash.
Hmm.. Well I know how I will base next season at least.. 2 more races and I can upgrade to 4 I think, no rush tho. The podium thing - yeah thats gonna be a bit harder than I thought. I crashed in a team training ride - maybe that doesn't count ... So at least one goal achieved lol.
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Old 06-29-14, 08:07 PM   #288
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Nothing outlandish:

1. Cat 3 upgrade

2. Don’t fall into the trap of so much training that riding isn’t fun.
Well, after breaking my collar bone just before the first crits of the season, working hard to get back to the line after 8 weeks off, then only getting in about 8 starts, I missed my chance. Breaking four bones pretty much ended my season. Though after the first few races, I earned points and am about half way there. I am probably on track to pin up for two HCs this fall, one being the state champ HC which is ~20 miles up a ~8% grade. That is always a fun one.

I learned a lot over the season anyway, esp. with all the reading I have done here. I have no doubt I can easily make Cat 3 and should be able to get to Cat 2 in a few seasons. Right now, I am stoked to be riding my bike and training again.

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Old 06-29-14, 10:55 PM   #289
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, one being the state champ HC which is ~20 miles up a ~8% grade.

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wut. where?
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Old 06-30-14, 05:42 AM   #291
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Went ahead and updated my blog with goals, so here are mine for next year so far (may change the further into the offseason we get):

- Get better at crits: Start at least 5 and finish at least 3 P12 Crits
- Podium a P12 RR
- Do Joe Martin SR in the Spring
- Top 10 at Assault on Mount Mitchell
- Do at least 5 multi day Omniums/Stage Races
- Get more comfortable and fine tune aero positon on the TT bike
- Win a P12 TT
- Consistent training during the offseason, hopefully pushing that FTP higher than 4.8w/kg.
- Don't burn out/Have more fun. Do more group rides, more rides with the team. Take a more lax approach on training.
- Don't wreck! Rubber side down!
- Get a freaking new road bike. Stop being cheap and buy the %@#$ thing, even if the team doesn't cover it. The $300 frame has 25,000 miles, it's time.
- Upgrade to Cat 1 (long shot, but if I could get some results, it'd be peachy)
Lol. This went well.

I'll probably recycle these goals for 2015 though.
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Old 06-30-14, 06:53 AM   #292
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wut. where?
Mt. Graham in early Oct.
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wut. where?
I think he's talking about the Mt Graham HC in SE AZ? If so, it's October 5th, this is the segment:
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Snap! We posted at the same time. LOL.
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I think he's talking about the Mt Graham HC in SE AZ? If so, it's October 5th, this is the segment:
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do I have to live there to be a state champ?

That's my kind of climb! Make it 40 miles and I'd be happier.
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do I have to live there to be a state champ?

That's my kind of climb! Make it 40 miles and I'd be happier.
Come on out and do it twice then, get your money's worth!
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