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    Sounds like a great weekend, Sara! Glad that the noise was just a loose brake pad, too. Ya done good, lady!
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    Gary and Chuck - thank you!
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    I have been worrying that I don't have the drive I had last year to push really hard and see it through. I'm not sure yet, but I don't think that's the case. I think I'm starting to accept that going hopelessly OTB is something I'm not going to swallow any more, and that it's better to save the energy for training and the next race. I spent several sleepless hours last night pondering that.
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    Sounds like a great weekend and experience, Sara. Congratulations on your first stage race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    Sounds like a great weekend and experience, Sara. Congratulations on your first stage race.
    Thanks, AzT. It really was fun!

    Oh - Evie Stevens was there. I missed seeing her, dammit!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Thanks, AzT. It really was fun!

    Oh - Evie Stevens was there. I missed seeing her, dammit!!
    That would've really raised my HR.
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    Well, Rouge-Roubaix XVI is in the books. I just finished a tome-length email to my coach, so I'll hit the high spots.

    The race to the first gravel section (~28 miles) went well. It was kinda weird, though. We had a 3.5 mile neutral rollout, and after that the pace would get energetic, then slow to a crawl (16-17 mph). The guys at the front were doing it on purpose; the slow parts were level ground. Then they'd ramp it back up again. They really ramped it up just prior to the turnoff onto the gravel, a 90 degree turn from decent pavement to bad gravel. I was surprised by the speed of that acceleration and temporarily went from mid-pack to the back, but pushed hard and caught back on. Due to riders in front of me I couldn't see the condition of the gravel and slowed down more for the turn than I should have, and I was out of the main group. I had lots of company, though we were strung out. Some guys pulled away from me, and I pulled away from some guys. I rode about the next 30 miles alone.

    Last year at that point I had ended up being passed by breaks from the 4/5s and women's race, but not this year. I actually convinced myself that I had missed a turn and turned around for about a half mile until I saw a couple of other M55+ guys, so we worked together for most of the rest of the race.

    We made it to the second gravel section, about 60 miles into the race, when the 4/5s caught us. Many of them passed us on the way to the main climb. It was kinda sweet as two of us M55+ guys rode past the whippersnappers as they walked up the hill. I think I averaged just over 5 mph, but I was ahead of them. That was my fourth try on that hill, and the first time I made it up. I was congratulating myself on making it through that section without putting my feet down when we rode downhill and into a bottomless sand wash where I went from 20 mph to zero in about 12 feet, and almost did a face plant.

    On the pavement between the second and third gravel sections we had some decent road. We hit a steep descent that bottomed out into a decreasing-radius turn that I came into too hot but made it through at an almost knee-dragging angle. Woke me right up, it did.

    The third gravel section is the hardest. You hit it about 80 miles into the race, and it starts with an 18% gravel climb that few people have ridden up. I made it about 1/4 of the way, then gave in to the inevitable. That ~200 meters was the most I'd walked that race; one more steep part in that section forced me off the bike for about 30 meters. The descents on gravel involved the same angles as the ascents, and I had at least one near life-flashing-before-me occurance where I was sure I was going to crash...but didn't. I wore a bunch of rear brake pad off on that section.

    The last ~18 miles of the race include some of the absolute worst pavement in history. There were times when I couldn't read the Garmin due to vibration blurring. 15-16 mph at 200 watts on level ground with no wind. That pavement just sucked the power out of your legs. I was really glad to get into town and hit the finish line.

    Results? I sucked. 51/53 in M40+/M55+. Crushed like an empty beer can in a redneck bar. (First was a 41 year old Cat 1.) 5:56 for 103 miles, 3800+ feet of elevation, 3500+ kj, 410 TSS, .82 IF. I met some personal goals, though. I made it up the climb that had defeated me three times in the past. I stuck with a pack of Master's racers for 28 miles. I finished - the last two times were DNFs - and wasn't a way-off-the-back DFL. And when I finished, I wasn't in a head-lolling semi-comatose state, but could talk and ride comfortably (albeit slowly) back to my truck. I'm satisfied (not happy) with the result.

    Next year? Nope, ain't doing this one again.

    ETA: I told my teammates I wanted a beer, but all they had was Bud Light.
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    Chuck, congrats, my friend! Not doing that one again sounds very rational. You'd have to be Fabian Cancellara to like riding in a race like that. You did well, very well!! By the way, the rough pavement at Madera is rougher, I bet. And OMG does it suck the power and heart right out of you, doesn't it?

    Great job!!! Go race a crit!
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    Nice job you two.

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    Sara and shovel, thanks! Sara - our team's home stage race is 29-30 March, and I'm looking forward to the crit! Only a half hour of pain!
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    Your kit colors are very similar to mine.

    Nothing wrong with a Bud Light.

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    Grant's Tomb M40+/M50+, mid-40's with a headwind sprint, 6th/M50+, 14th overall. One of my goals in life was to race in NYC when my oldest son was going to college there. I tried this last year, in the Bronx, and ended up in the hospital. This year I raced in Harlem, and did OK. He came up on the subway and met me at the start. I parked on W. 126th in a generally sketchy neighborhood but right in front of a police station. They even let me use their sketchy bathroom. Openers the day before and warmups DOR went exceedingly well. I was tired and still carrying a ton of work-related stress but I just wanted to have some fun on a great course. I was very active at the front, going OTF a bunch of times early but my break mates would not or could not commit. The winning break went on a counter to one of mine. I could not go but I would start the chase a couple of laps later. With the first attempt I inadvertently rode the other two off my wheel in the technical section, and we got sucked back up. On the second attempt, I went on the start straight (start and finish were different) and took two more with me. We got within 7 seconds but the other guys would not pull through. I didn't have enough to attack, so I pulled off, and we were caught half a lap later. With the three man break up the road, I came into the sprint third wheel, but totally forgot about the headwind and went too early. Just a dumb decision. The one thing I took away was that I made a lot of M40+ guys hurt, and we dumped the M55+ national champion OTB in the first 5 laps. The rest of the day was awesome. We went to the Lemond exhibit at Rapha NYC (I took tons of pictures), had lunch at Chelsea Market, then went over to Coney Island, a place I last went to with my father when I was 11 years old. One of the dive bars on the boardwalk decided to open for the day so we stopped and had a cold beer. After that we had pizza at Grimaldi's in Dumbo and I headed home.

    Bethel M45+, low 30's and very windy on the backstretch, field finish. With the stress fatigue and 3 hours of sleep I knew this wasn't going to be a great day, but obligations are obligations. My legs decided to show up, though. I can thank someone we all know for that. It's clear that I am in a lot better shape than I thought and have an advantage. Unfortunately, I had no patience and did not thinks things out completely and ended up just racing like a dumbass. I covered a lot of moves and got OTF a few times but it was weird, nobody wanted to work. I was pretty disgusted at the end so I skipped the P/1/2/3. I just wanted to get out of there. I had a rough drive home, finding it hard to stay awake. Tonight I will do my recovery ride early and then head to bed early. I need more rest.

    For revchuck: Littlenecks at Chelsea Market. A scoop of horseradish, a dab of cocktail sauce, and three shakes of Tabasco on each. 50 cents each. One of the better deals in Manhattan.

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    Shovel, you do such great writeups! Of course, the racing you do is incredible. Congratulations on two terrific results!

    And the littlenecks!
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    shovel - Sounds like your head needs the sleep more than your legs. Glad to hear you're doing so well. And boy, those Littlenecks look good! It's cool that you got to hang out with your son while you were there too.
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    Great racing everyone. Way to hang Chuck.

    I got called to duty Sunday. Plan was to race at the track but my tandem teammate was sitting 6th on GC at the Murrietta omnium and needed support, so I headed off to do a race I swore I wasn't going back to.

    Average temp was 93, winds to 20 MPH, and a group of 80 fit SoCal crit races on a course with one small climb, unenforced center line rule (unless you consider yelling enforcement) and a 3 point something mile course with two groups (45+1/2/3 & 30+ 4/5) racing on it at the same time for 40 miles trying to play the GC game.

    I spent nearly 1/3 of the 1:34 race in Z5. We hit 37.1 at one point and averaged 25.4 with the longest section of the rectangle into the headwind. Kinda vicious. Pulled back one break of 6 guys. Turbo and another guy took off, pack spread across the road (more than once there seemed to be a collective "what centerline?" attitude...I gave up and joined the criminals), couldn't get to the front soon enough, so they got away. Ridiculous horsepower.

    Had my teammate moved up on the last lap when all hell broke loose a mile from the finish. Moto refs slamming their brakes on in front of both fields which had co mingled, causing a huge crash. Asinine. Worst of the worst. I got stuck behind a sheet storm of stopped bicycles but in one piece and limped in, threw my bike in the car and left. Teammate managed 4th or 5th.

    Never.

    Again.

    Got home and looked at that pretty pursuit bike with the two discs and drank.

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    Ex, should I ice down some littlenecks and overnight them to you?

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    I did have sushi last night which included some raw and miso oysters, steamed clams, and some geoduck sashimi. But I love my some shellfish so sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by revchuck View Post
    5:56 for 103 miles, 3800+ feet of elevation, 3500+ kj, 410 TSS, .82 IF
    wow! ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Shovel, you do such great writeups! Of course, the racing you do is incredible. Congratulations on two terrific results!
    +1

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    @sarals, You did it and you had fun! The camaraderie of teammates and peers is a big chunk of why I do this sport.
    @revchuck, Glad that you made through that race in one piece and set some PR segments. I don't think I have the motivation to do a race like that even once. There are some races and rides that I've done more than once just because my first experience was so bad (read slow). After subsequent redemption, I figured that was enough as you seem to have decided. It's something that we do but there are a lot of races that are more fun in the long run.
    @shovelhd, I thought Grant's tomb was much later in the year. Regardless of the results sheet, sounds like you had a great weekend. Those Littlenecks are definitely a deal and a half. One of these days I need to go back to the tri-state area with my bike to do some racing.
    @Racer Ex, I'd say I told you so but you had already told yourself. Am I going to have to endure your pace next weekend in Long Beach? I plan to to the TT in Mission Viejo on Saturday and the crit on Sunday.
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    Great racing and eating all.
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    Chuck - tl;dr = 410TSS. Yowza! (and enjoyed the details)

    Shovel - wow. Quite the weekend. You are the definition of "Big Dog".

    Ex - what a gift you are to your teammates.

    We have great people here who really race their bikes.
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    nice work, all. i'm enjoying the reads (and the photo, shovel!!!).

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    Ex, I think you just epitomized the "stupid bike race" phrase. That sounded almost like a women's 4 fracas. Wow....!
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    Bethel Tour de Kirche M45+, 31 degrees with a strong headwind on the backstretch, 14th. We needed to get Gary as much breathing room as possible so I was totally focused on racing negative and defending his lead. The attacks started at the *** as expected and I was on top of everything that moved. One after another after another went and one of us was on their wheel. Nothing stuck for more than a lap. Right after one was caught the #2 guy in the standings went. I got right on them but a teammate beat me to the wheel. As soon as that happened I sat up alongside a teammate of of another in the break, and off they went. Another group with the #3 guy would get up the road but we did not chase. At the end I finished around 6th across the line, but I can't sprint against most of these guys.

    It never warmed up for the P/1/2/3, it just got windier. Fail was pulling at me from all sides but I decided that I was going to do everything I could to finish unless it was too hard. A break went early but was reeled back after 10 laps or so. Then the same guys went again and ended up lapping the field. That slowed the pace down to something reasonable. I ended up 26th, short of my top 20 goal but I beat the crap out of my legs and that is always the main goal of these races.

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