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So I bit the bullet and bought a license..

Old 02-26-07, 10:12 AM
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So I bit the bullet and bought a license..

Today I bought my first cycling license. Going to sign up for a race in Hillsboro, New Mexico. The race is in the begining of March. Obviously I will be racing CAT5 and hopefully I'll do good. I really don't know how good I am. I've been cycling since AUG 06 and have improved considerably. Went from a average speed of 16mph on flats to 20-22 mph now. Max sprint is about 34-35mph and can hold it there for about 15 seconds. I've been doing a lot of interval training on my trainer with the spinervals DVD 9.0 have mercy and if anyone wants to have a good workout I'd recommend it. It has been improving my recovery period quite considerbly. I was just wondering if anyone has any pointers for me?
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Old 02-26-07, 10:36 AM
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I'm in the exact same boat, good luck!
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Look at all the first race threads on here.

2 consistent themes 1) It's not about average speed but surges,
2) race smarts are more important than fitness.

To address Number 1, try to do some 1 minute intervals on short recovery. (but not the day or 2 before the event).

To address number 2, read some of the advice in the threads, and try to find some fast group rides before your race.

And good on ya for giving it a go.
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Old 02-26-07, 11:12 AM
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Congrats. I too bought my first license this year, and have a few races lined up that I will be doing already. I'd say that, in addition to what Merlin said, if you've never ridden with a group of people before, I would definitely do so before your first race; that's not the time to learn how to hold a line in a turn, or how to properly draft
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