My first race this year was a Chariot Race and I did "OK" (3rd in my heat of 6, didn't get to go to the final round, they only took the top two of the 3 waves). Turned out the two guys who beat me came in 1st and 2nd overall so I was in with the fastest riders. My gearing was a 49x16
So I found myself in another chariot race. This time a 49x14 and I just got murdered by people I felt I should have beat. They were out of there right off the start and even though I had gained momentum in the final turn, it wasn't enough to catch them. What that a bad gear choice? Another factor I have to consider (and this is remarkably embarrassing), I ran a 15 mile half marathon at 13,000 feet elevation two days before the race, so my legs were spent.
For the record, I have given up running completely and am working with a coach to build better track legs, and focusing on sprinting for 2012.
Anyway, can I blame my gearing choice for my lack of performance on that second chariot race?