While I have only a little training, I have noticed that the ONLY time I want to be the lead in sprinters lane is 1) at the start to a short points race (eg, when I know I can go off the front grab a point and sit back for a little) or 2) when I'm sprinting for something. Past that I've been stuffed there WAY too many times for me to consider that a great place to ride.
3rd friday in a row of racing. I even signed up for the kilo, which would be a first for me. I got there a little late after attending a happy hour (don't worry I didnt imbibe), but just in time to suit up and head out for the paceline warmup. I finished but decided that I was not going to bother to sprint hard at the end. I put in a good 70% effort on the last lap and cruised in.
The first race was a 6 lap tempo, and while I managed to grab a point near the end, it was not enough for the top 5. After that was the Kilo, and my happy hour tot's were starting to make their presence known... and not in a good way. I ended up volunteering to go first (because I had to race right after the kiloer's were done) and jebus did that start SUCK! I really need to practice standing starts, but past that I pretty much wanted to die on the last lap. I came in feeling horrific, but it was done and with a 1:28.5 the time showed I have a LOT to learn/do.
The second race was a triple sprint, which was another first. I LOVED it! it was some of the closest racing I've done yet, with lots of people. Because of the pace and short distance it was just a blast. I knew I didnt have anything on the first sprint, so I let it go. I was angling for the second when I got pinned in the sprinters lane (note above). The third, I knew I had to be better placed, and coming into t3 on the second to last lap I was in the paceline just above the sprinters lane, and making my move. I ended up starting my effort just as the front guy was coming out and up track. So I went up pretty far, and around I went. I managed to gain and keep a supposedly 5-8 rider gap between me and anyone chasing to take the win. For a moment I thought I had actually won, but ended up second, which I'll take.
The last race was a 15 lap scratch. A single guy went off the front for nearly the entire race, but for once the D's worked together and had a great paceline going and a good speed. We caught the lone man with 1 to go and I was in a good place but my sprint ended up being a little slow so I ended up 5th.
Overall, it was another great friday! I'm even thinking of doing a C race next friday just to see how much faster they are.
It was a great turn out again with probably ~20 or so D riders.