Yesterday I walked into my LBS and the mechanic (who races cat 4) was telling me about the circuit race in Los Angeles this weekend. After some nagging (and pushing and, well plain out challenging) I am thinking about going. I have not been training for road racing at all, more for criteriums and not long endurance events. The race is a 7 lap 4 mile rolling course (28 miles) with no major climbs.
I played lip service to the idea all week, I work on Sunday and could never go do it... and then it happened... my boss asked if I want to shift to the night shift on Sunday... now I can possibly do it. There is a slight problem... physical.
Ok it is not that simple. I am all ready to go out and race my first road race but I do not know if my knee and leg is ready for all out road racing this week. I was involved in a car collision on the bike Thursday and I got on the trainer Friday and was experiencing pain in my wrist in the drops. FYI I went to the doctor this morning and had it checked out and it was just a sprain, but they said to come back in a few weeks and have it checked out. I am also experiencing a little extra pain in my right quad where I got jabed with the handle bar. Secondly this was the lower intrensity week and I am not at the form I was last week, not that I have lost increadle fitness but I have not been going nearly as hard in the interval training this week (only 20 minutes LT yesterday, partly not to push but due to pain (not burning) in my hand. I am planning on peaking in two weeks so the build process starts again (I want to be a 45 minutes LT by next Friday (See blog). My next crit in next Sunday in Carson.
Should I do the race? I know if I go out there to watch I will end up racing so that is not an option. If I take today off I feel I will be well rested but I am not sure on the endurance side of things.
Ideas? Ever been in a simular situation?
BTW can anyone tell me the pace that can be expected in a circuit style race in comparison to a criterium?