Well, last friday I had never before raced. Now I feel initiated after racing two crits this weekend.
On Saturday I raced the CU crit which was 40 min for my Cat 4 group which included about 75 riders. I was incredibly nervous on the start and my hr was at 130 just sitting on the line! It was a tight, short and fast loop. I just kinda got the feel of moving around the group, taking corners in it, and trying to become otherwise 'comfortable' with it. I made a pretty rookie mistake of watching my clock instead of the lap timer so I was unprepared when the sprint came. I was up toward the front so I still took away somewhere between 15th-25th (results not yet posted). I was pretty dissapointed because I felt like I had A LOT left and could have contested the sprint and maybe took top 10.
On Sunday I raced in Golden at a trainings series. In this group there was 85 riders and it was a wide, long, sweeping course. It lasted 55 minutes. I was much much less nervous at the start and tried to simply focus on the task at hand. Anyways, as the story with any Cat 4 crit,
1. attacks were launched the whole time and the guys at the front would neutralize them as if their lifes depended on it.
2.There was one crash toward the back that caught a couple of guys out
Luckily I was doing ok holding wheels when the accelerations came and also rode toward the front.
At the end I got pinched in a few corners but managed to work my way back to come away with 7th place. I'm pretty stoked about it. Only 9 more top 10's to upgrade. I'm excited for when I learn to put everything together toward the end so I can maybe get podium.
So, all in all a very very fun weekend. I finally have my first races out of the way and now I can concentrate on just getting better!