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Old 12-09-18, 06:14 PM
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Only win of 2018 haha. But I guess it depends on how you slice it - in many ways I consider this to be my first win of 2019 because that's where my head is at.
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Old 12-09-18, 07:10 PM
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Nice Tmonk!

Cat 2 coming soon?
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hopefully, that's the plan at least. Gotta join all my bros who upgraded last year.
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Nice racing @TMonk. Congrats.
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Props on the W...many more to come.
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Originally Posted by chiggy
Been cycling for 3 months, 1st race, but with a competitive running background.

I did a small 100k road race, flat to rolling with a few punchy hills here and there. On the starting line I stuck out like sore thumb with my cheap bike, mtb pedals and shoes, etc. We got rolling slowly, but picked up and split the field on a "climb" at mile 10. The course flattened out and got windy, things slowed, and we tootled along except for some small attacks after every turn. The attacks and wind culled the group down to 20 or so by halfway. I tried to stay in the back and out of everyone's way, but occasionally rotated to the front for a brief pull when I got bored.

Mile 25 I learn that there has been one guy soloing off the front for nearly the whole race. He was out of sight for a long time thanks to our slow pace.

Mile 35 the one guy I know attacks hard just before a section of rolling hills. Without thinking it through I jumped up and followed him out. Nobody else responded and we found ourselves with a 20s gap, so we decided to try to bridge to the guy off the front. Unfortunately we had a little too much headwind and not enough fitness. The pack decided we were worth chasing and we were caught in less than 10 min (but I like to think they had to work for it). We caught the guy off the front shortly after.

Mile 40, a veteran racer gives me some advice. "Good instincts, fairly predictable in a group, but a little squirrely, get some rollers and look around more before making a move".

I managed to stay in the lead group as things got hillier and more intense, and really I felt better than expected... except for a flutter in both hamstrings that gave me a feeling of foreboding. Sure enough at mile 51 my left hamstring cramped bad at the top of a hard hill sprint. I had to coast down standing with a straight leg as the group rode away. I limped in but held my position for 10th. In the end I had fun and I learned some things. Will do it again.
You've been cramping since 2018?
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Originally Posted by Radish_legs
You've been cramping since 2018?
lol, yes. Although usually it was easy to explain as being unprepared. In the past I'd only bike for a few months before doing 1 race then going back to only running. Then years later do it again. This year i actually had a good 10 months of training and still cramped.
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