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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    not to take away his thunder, but I'm pretty excited Shovelhd won.
    What? Report, we need a report!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    what? Report, we need a report!
    yes we do!!!!!
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    In the NSG thread. Will link later.

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    Masters Misc Race Report Thread

    Yes!!!!
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    freedom tour 45+

    Got caught up in NJ series negative racing. An early break that shouldn't have stuck got stuck. I hemmed and hawed about bridging, but really didn't think it would stick. 8secs. 5 secs. 9 secs. I took a flyer with 6 to go, but at that point whatever leash I'd have gotten had tightened Sigh. Won to 40mph field sprint for 5th. Frustrated, but considering I'm less than 100% it'll have to suffice. If I had one more teammate in the mix we'd have brought it back and won. But so it goes. That's why they run the races.

    Still half tempted to drive to Indy to do one race and roll the dice. 20 hours in the car plus hotel for a 6 mile race with broken ribs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    freedom tour 45+

    Got caught up in NJ series negative racing. An early break that shouldn't have stuck got stuck. I hemmed and hawed about bridging, but really didn't think it would stick. 8secs. 5 secs. 9 secs. I took a flyer with 6 to go, but at that point whatever leash I'd have gotten had tightened Sigh. Won to 40mph field sprint for 5th. Frustrated, but considering I'm less than 100% it'll have to suffice. If I had one more teammate in the mix we'd have brought it back and won. But so it goes. That's why they run the races.

    Still half tempted to drive to Indy to do one race and roll the dice. 20 hours in the car plus hotel for a 6 mile race with broken ribs?
    We both know someone who would do that.

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    San Diego Omnium on the 333m SDV. Raced 1/2/3. Snowball, 12 laps (4th). Scratch, 18 laps (too conservative). Points, 60/6 (3rd). That last one was quite painful, but rewarding as the pace/length ended up popping all but four of us for the last few sprints. Also, one team accounted for eight racers in my category, so it was fun being in the lion's den.

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    Gary, and Vance - nice work!!! Gary, especially for you, considering what you're enduring right now.
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    Menlo Park Grand Prix WM 45+

    36 rider field, populated by several quality riders including some former national champs. In spite of a 15mph wind blowing straight down the back chute, I expected a brisk pace.

    Rolled off at the whistle. I had two riders marked, and they moved quickly towards the front. I followed. The pace was moderate at first, but picked up in short order. I decided I needed to be front 1/3, mid line to keep from feeling the wind. The plan worked, and I was able to surf the field pretty easily. I had no trouble matching accelerations coming off of the turns, and I was close enough to the front to where I could see my marks and watch for any breaks. The consensus before the race was that the wind would negate any break attempts; and indeed no one tried to go up the road.

    Five laps in, there had been two prime laps, and I was able to handle those readily. On the back chute the pack snaked over to the left side of the road to stay close to a tree line for some shelter. I had established territory in the pack and was sitting in comfortably and was starting to think about the finish in six laps. The lap prior to this one, someone behind me had either hit something or gone down - I'd heard a loud noise and some "oooooo"s. My turn! I hit a pothole, a narrow enlongated thing, and heard the same noise. A gal behind me called out that I had flatted, and I had. I put my hand up and slowed. The moto ref came up and confirmed my flat (at first I thought both wheels were down) and then told me the wheel pit knew I was coming - he also told me to "ride to the wheel pit". Except for corners, I kept my speed up over 22, and it was a rough ride! My Garmin fell off in the process, and I had to stop and retrieve it from a corner Marshall. I made the wheel pit before the field, swapped wheels, and discovered another 60+ rider there - same pothole, the noise I'd heard the previous lap.

    I rejoined the field at the end of a prime sprint. I had to hop up to 30mph to catch back on, and that, plus shoving that flat 3/4 of a lap, gassed me a bit. I was gapped on the back chute, my legs were dying, and I just could not reconnect.

    Joined another rider, worked with her, and rolled in. Ended up second in the 60+ field, I don't know where overall. Other than the flat, it was a great ride!

    After the race, several riders came over to me and offered a lot of love. I was a little surprised, but really flattered and reassured. I knew I could do this, now I know I can do this. As I told Ex, "they know who I am now!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Menlo Park Grand Prix WM 45+
    "they know who I am now!"
    That made me smile, thanks and well done.

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    Nice racing Sara. You were in the 60+ age group of four that was combined with the Women's Cat 1,2,3 and 4 ages 45 -49, 50 - 54 and 55 -59 to form the 45 +. All age groups were scored separately. According to USA Cycling (what do they know), you were 4th of 4 racers. Did you get the silver medal? If you did, let the promoter know so they correct the USA cycling results.

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    That sounds pretty decent, Sara, well done. The biggest difference between now and a year ago is in how confident you evidently feel in being able to get involved in the race, as opposed to merely pinning on a number and riding round. Big progress.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Sara - great work, you sound so much more confident.
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    Congrats on the steak knives Sara. Those girls were showing you respect for how you dealt with adversity in an open field. And you deserve it!!! Keep hitting those over unders and your recovery will continue to improve. Look how far you have come.

    Please note that I do not get similar respect when I race my category. Probably because I steal their prime money.

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    Great job, @sarals! (Regardless of where you finished.)

    Jumping back into a hot race is tough -- another page in the experience notebook.
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    Well done Sara! You have improved on many aspects needed in racing. Isn't it great going into a race with confidence and a secure feeling about yourself?
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    BTW, the Menlo Park Criterium Race was the State Criterium Championship for the Elite and Masters Women hence the age group categories every five years hence Sara beat some very tough women to get 2nd of 4 in the 60+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    BTW, the Menlo Park Criterium Race was the State Criterium Championship for the Elite and Masters Women hence the age group categories every five years hence Sara beat some very tough women to get 2nd of 4 in the 60+.
    State Championships bring out the best of the best and until her flat Sara was toe to toe with everyone regardless of age group.

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    San Marcos crit. This race always ends up with a break getting away because of the big hill. Got in three, covered more, nothing stuck. So of course this ended in a field sprint (sort of).


    Race was supposed to be 45 minutes, I was watching the clock thinking we had more laps but they threw up three to go early, right when I had a bad moment after chasing.


    Went backwards through the field on the hill. DFL at the top. Got a lap of rest, passed as many as I could with 1 to go, then wove my way through a bunch of dying folks for 21st.. Whop dee do. Closing on everyone, if only I had better position blah blah blah. Legs good. Lungs probably 90-95% on albuterol and psuedophede.


    Half the field didn't finish including some big names. Pretty brutal.
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    Tough deal, Ex. Throwing the cards with 3 to go is bush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Tough deal, Ex. Throwing the cards with 3 to go is bush.
    That's for sure. Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
    Great job, @sarals! (Regardless of where you finished.)

    Jumping back into a hot race is tough -- another page in the experience notebook.
    I've watched officials hold people in the wheel pit as the pack approaches, thinking "What? He's supposed to go from 0-30 instantly as the pack blows past?" It's tough unless you are really up to speed. Just getting up to speed in the wind takes enough out of you, and if you have to in essence bridge back, then, well...

    Really proud of you, Sara, as is your coach.

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    Everyone, thanks! You guys mean the world to me - you're my racing family and each of you has had a part, a big one, in where I am and where I'm going. Thank you isn't enough!

    Comments? Hermes, I was indeed second at the race. One of the gals I was ahead of also flatted and was out for two laps, and they didn't credit her a finish. I came in ahead of the other. I was announced as second in the age group for the podium. I saw the USAC results, yes I did, but you know - it doesn't matter! I did what I wanted to do, and I'm getting known and growing, and that is absolutely worth more than a medal right now!

    Right on with the wheel pit, AzT. I thought that I'd be okay, because I catching a little breather. In retrospect, that was the worst thing I could have done! When I tried to reattach, I was stuck out on the right side of the pack, where the wind was, and they wouldn't let me in. I drifted back, even though I was at redline (HR was 162), and I didn't have pop left to slide over and slot in when I got to the back. I didn't want to be there, anyway!

    I can feel the joy you fellas express when you talk about your races, all of them. I now know what it is to race, and how much fun it is. Ex told me I'd be strong for a long time, and I was being little flippant when I told him "I want to be stronger!" - but only a little flippant, because I know there's more.

    I have to admit that I was a bit intimidated by the some of the names in that peloton. When I found out I was pretty easily (in spite of the workload) staying where I wanted to, that went away, and I started to race. I don't doubt myself anymore, and that is so huge.

    One lady told me afterwards that "it usually takes five years to get consistent and figure this out. You're going to be there quicker than that" That was a powerful statement. What was fun too was the question from MANY of those gals - "Where and when are you racing next, when will we see you again?"

    So cool!!
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    Ex, wow. Knowing you, it HAD to be brutal! Proud of you though - and I am so grateful to you as well!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    I've watched officials hold people in the wheel pit as the pack approaches, thinking "What? He's supposed to go from 0-30 instantly as the pack blows past?" It's tough unless you are really up to speed. Just getting up to speed in the wind takes enough out of you, and if you have to in essence bridge back, then, well...

    Really proud of you, Sara, as is your coach.
    I'm proud to know you, and Ex, and call you both friends!
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