Expanding on my 33 report:
Good weekend for Racer Ex, the legs are firing and I'm seeing signs that Road Nats might go well.
Saturday: Took Friday off so I rode in the morning hoping to knock the crud out of my legs. They didn't feel great in the morning but the wife and I drove down to San Diego for the Elite State Track Championship anyway. My plan was to ride the 4k, then go have fish tacos. Even with a jacked up position fighting a nasty wind and kinda wooden legs I squeaked out a 1 second victory.
Last minute gear change and a good front wheel choice made the difference. The devil is in the details.
Fish tacos taste better when there's a gold medal in your pocket BTW.
Wow. I felt good. 50+ race I was in all but one break including the one that stuck. Played the team tactic thing with two to go and sent my teammate up the road with two guys I knew he could beat. And he did. I launched a couple of minutes later figuring on 4th or maybe sneaking by one of the two guys sitting up for 2nd or 3rd, but it didn't work out, a team with two guys in our break tried to set their field guy up, they goobled up everybody (I got caught with 800m to go) only to misfire and get...not much. See below.
Nice getting our guy the "W", he just missed a jersey the week before.
The 45+ I ended up in a break with 9 guys from one team and a few solos. Big team launched a guy with 2 to go, I waited till one to go then launched; I figured it was 50/50 getting to the solo guy, but I want to win rather than sitting in for 2nd or worse. I calculated that the big team wouldn't chase down there own guy when he had a good gap, and no one without a teammate could possibly be tactically obtuse enough to drag 8 guys from a sprinter team up to me with less than a lap to go. I mean, that would be incredibly dumb.
But of course that's exactly what happens. Obtuse guy gets crumbs . I pretty much sat up and rolled across at the back of the break.
There's actually a lot of good tactical consideration in the narrative above.
a) Team first: I was 100% sure my guy would win the sprint out of that group. So I was fine with giving up a possible podium or maybe win.
b) Look backwards and think..."is this to my benefit" if you're dragging people along. Sometimes it is, but not if you're dragging along guys that can beat you in a sprint. And think about what happens when you get there. Obtuse guy set himself up for a perfect counter once he caught me, and that's EXACTLY what happened.
c) I believe in honoring the effort. If the the obtuse guy had actually been able to podium by pulling me back, fine. But don't shut down someone's attack if it just means someone who's been wheel surfing is going to get the glory.
d) Do the math. A sure 2nd and 5th is better for your team than a maybe 2nd and nothing. Or nothing and nothing.
e) Plan. See "b" for one thing. I was constantly running scenarios during both races. If you're in a sprint, you react. If you're in a break, you plan.
Hello legs, nice to have you back. I was attacking hard well into the end of the 2nd race after riding the 4k the day before. Can't tell you how long it's been since I've been back at this level.
Also really nice to say hello to Learnmedia and get to meet Kaneako (sp?) who came up and introduced himself.