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Old 03-27-24, 05:12 PM
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The 2nd Tuesday Night Crit went off last night in the Dallas, TX area. I raced Masters, B (Cat 3-4), and A (cat 1-3). In that order. Coming off an injury very little riding in the past month. Happy to just stay in the pack if possible.

Masters - low wind day, so ended up bunch finish. Tried to lead out a teammate, but screwed it up and got swarmed, but was able to move my teammate up from about 20th to 7th in the final sprint.

B crit - just sat on the back and coached up a teammate who is new to the sport.

A crit - just wondered how long I could hold on. Miraculously I was able to stay in the group the entire time as the caboose riding behind a female ride who is 5 feet tall or so. So no draft. I was actually recovered enough at the end that I could have gotten in the mix. Again, somewhat miraculously. But my leg was starting to cramp and I was afraid of crashing again like last year, all to try and finish 12th. So I didn't participate in the sprint.

Best part was getting a good workout. Hopefully will help me contribute more for my team later.
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Good stuff Radish_legs. My racing calendar will be drastically reduced with a 6 month old at home, but I'll still get to at least a few local events. I'm excited about the TTT district champs in May - this year we will field two teams and probably take home the titles in the 140+ combined and 180+ combined 4-person events.

I know that procrit has already got some racing in too.
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Fiesta Island time trial, 1st/2 in 35+ division, fourth fastest time overall. I rode a 27:26 on 275w, at 26.9 MPH.

Windy today, speed band was 25 - 30 MPH depending on location on the island. These races are real early, so even though they are local, I never get enough warmup in and always feel like my cardio is a bit blocked and not ready. Mostly limited by discomfort in the legs, but HR is far from maxed out. Still, it was fun to get out and give it a go!

One of the three faster times was from an athlete in the Men's 60+ age division..... Wow. What a specimen. I know I have a ways to go as far as optimizing my equipment and position goes in time trial, but still, getting beaten by an old dude is very humbling!

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TMonk Congrats on the time / win. That is a lot of wind and I bet it was cold.
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SCNCA district TTT champs, 4 man 140+ combined age division: 3rd/3 teams. Time for the 40k was 50:52, but that should have been 90 or so seconds faster.

We missed a turn while I was on front… oops. I’d raced it several times before too. No biggie, we recognized it quickly thanks to a No Outlet sign (lol) and got back on course. Checking Strava Flyby, it may have been up to 90 seconds. That might have been good enough for second, the first place team was just too fast with a 48:23.

This year was totally wild due to a 20-23 MPH prevailing wind from West to East. I knew that as well on the weather report… should have brought a different front wheel. I was on a 90 mm wheel and the lightest rider.

TBH I was only able to put out my full intended power on the tailwind stretch of the rectangle (which gets ridden twice); during the other three lengths I was mostly focused on not crashing haha. I felt pretty sketched out in our echelon on the crosswind lengths. A teammate rubbing against my disc wheel once didn’t help. On the final straight, I had tons of gas left and was doing 1 minute turns at 320-350 watts, not often you get to go 32 MPH up a rolling false flat! I heard “DOWN, DOWN” a couple times when I was trying to empty the tank .

But most importantly – we had fun! Good energy and vibes out there and great communication, we were really in sync. This year, I was the team captain, strongest workhorse, and the only rider with prior experience in the discipline on our team. We now have three new TTT riders that are absolutely stoked on next year’s race – I call that a win in my book!



at the start line, I'm the closest rider (in the blue kit)


obligatory team photo on the box. I'm the smaller of the two on the top step with the blue socks
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SCNCA State Championship Road Race: 4th/15 in my division, 8th/31 total.

My field was master’s 35-39 and 40-44 cat 1-3, raced together, scored separately. The course is 4 laps on a 15 mile “U” shape, with a gentle ~450 ft foot climb to the S/F line, punctuated by a couple of steep ramps. 2,600 ft total gain. I covered the course in 2:25 (24 MPH).

The opening laps featured attacks/counters at the front from a couple teams , but nothing real scary. Going into the second (of four) climbs, a couple out-of-towners lit it up and split the field in half. Lap three would turn out to be quite difficult with tons of attacking and less riders to fill in/cover. I barely made it over the penultimate climb still attached, fighting cramps towards the top. Several more were dropped on climb three.

At this point the front was two groups of four, with me in group two. I knew from my legs that I would not be contesting the final climb, and from watching the numbers, I knew that I was racing for fourth position in my category. I was motivated to pull hard and stay aero so that I could have the biggest buffer possible going into the final climb between us and the rest of the field. I had to focus on being smooth since I experienced some twinges of cramps riding our paceline during that final lap. Onto the final climb – I’m dropped on the first steep ramp and getting some horrible cramps, even had to coast a couple times. But I stayed clear of the peloton (or what was left of it). I was anxiously looking back a lot on that last climb.

Total effort: 195w (2.96 w/kg) but with an effective/normalized power of 229w (3.48 w/kg). On the second climb I produced what amounted to a harder than normal VO2 max interval on the climb. Real tough when thrown into context of a 60 miles punchy race. Hard!

Some day I’d like a state title in either crit or RR to my name, but this year it wasn’t in the cards. I think my decreased endurance really showed this year. I’m happy that I raced and that I made the front selection towards the end when things got really hard. I feel good about that. I have no photo to share since they didn’t do a 5-man deep podium announcement. Still, I don’t regret hanging out for a while and chatting with some of my racing buddies. Maybe next time!
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Barrio Logan GP, 35/45+ 50 minute criterium: pack finish

I had my eyes on a regional dominant master's team (w three nat. champs), and specifically the two riders that I knew would not have already raced previously. After 10-15 min of patrolling the front, I marked an attack by one of them and the two of us stayed OTF for about half the race. Good buddy of mine too. Apparently his team respected the attack b/c they didn't pull it back; it was the other riders in the field. We almost got out of sight and had a healthy margin for a while.

But it didn't last. We needed more horsepower. If we had 1 more rider that was as good as us, I think we could have stuck it. Predictably, his other teammate (that I had my eye on) countered and that turned into the winning move of three riders. I had juice to go with it, was just a bit out of position. But that's racing for ya! Hammered hard and had a good time.

I almost had a very spectacular crash when my ill-fated breakaway started. My buddy attacks on the inside before a right turn, I launch out of the main group and move right to grab his wheel, he swings wayyyy wide before the corner to give himself more pedaling room, and our wheels were overlapped . I unclipped my right foot, moved my bike to the left, weighted my body to the right and kept it upright. It was a very spectacular save. Good thing I'm a good bike handler.

Liz and baby came to watch and cheer, and I was really hoping this would be my first podium photo with baby. Maybe next time!
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M45 Nutmeg State Games. CT States, June 4, 2024, DNF

First race I bothered to download data to actually examine because things felt so wrong and I was actually out there more than a few minutes (most of my races have ended in 5 minutes or so). I felt like I didn't ride hard but when the lap cards came out, after they calculated how many laps we'd do in an hour, it demoralized me so much I gave up 9 laps later with 10 laps to go. The race wasn't challenging at that point (last 2 laps would have been hard), and on a different year I'd have been salivating over the potentials of a field sprint.

Averaged 177w for 30 min (one hundred seventy seven is not a typo), was redlined (158-160 bpm) pretty much the whole time. I went easy for a lap after I sat up and did a short sprint for the line, not much more than 100m (pretty stiff headwind). 1400w peak, sustained about 1200w while I was sprinting (11-12s), while "tired".

Not sure what it is but for the last few years I've been unable to do much of anything aerobically. I think 200w FTP would be very generous right now. Also, my HR is down about 10-15 bpm from the winter - I was hitting low 170s and sustaining 160+, and putting down a bit more power (180-200w for 45 min). Now 150s is very, very hard and I peak in the low 160s. Not sure why. Actually seeing a cardiologist this coming week.

My back is bad, again, it pops every 6 to 8 weeks, and now that I think of it, it's probably more like every 4-6 weeks. I think that's part of it, because I can't train very consistently, and after a few days of not being able to do anything, I get busy doing the stuff I had to get done.
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