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Old 05-17-07, 08:54 PM
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Thursday crit report

In the 3/4 race, I got 5th place again. I'm happy with that I suppose, but I should have worked harder on my position with 2 laps to go. I was just coming from too far back. There's just no real estate after the final corner.

I did try to get away once. There were three guys off the front (two trying to bridge individually), and I thought they had a chance with some organization. I attacked, did a big curb-to-curb 'S' to shake the two guys who came with me, and motored away. I caught the first guy, but he couldn't hang with me. I caught the 2nd guy, and he was able to hang, but couldn't work. I caught the 3rd guy, and he couldn't hang.

I was off the front for 2 laps, but with nobody sharing the workload, we got caught. I slipped in around 10th and recovered until 3 to go.

I came into the final chicane in 8th or 9th, made up two places in the corner, then sprinted past two other guys in the run to the finish, but I couldn't touch the other 4. They were a couple meters up. Average speed was up from last week to 25.6 (for whatever that's worth).

Kind of frustrating that I let myself be out of position given the legs that I had. I don't think the break affected me at all -- just poor positioning. Oh well. I think I still lack confidence in my fitness for some reason -- like if I don't hide in the pack in the last lap, I won't have legs to sprint. Clearly, that's not the case, so I need to open up a can of whoopass a little earlier.

Then, in the 1-4 open race, my calves started cramping really badly after 30 minutes. Last week I pushed through it, but tonight I decided it wasn't worth messing with. The pace had already averaged 26.5, and was climbing quickly. Not the place to be after the first race (last week started slower).

I guess I need to get some electrolytes between the races. I thought water and a Gu would work for me, but no dice. I haven't done this kind of crap for so long -- this 36-year-old body is a little different than the 24-year-old body I last raced with

Still, I'm not going to be a factor in the 2nd race until I stop doing the 1st race. I think I will race it by itself to prepare for the AT&T Downtown Crit on 6/16. I'm going to do the M35+, and there are a couple Cat 2s in these Thursday crits who will race M35+. I need to figure out where I am relative to them...
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Old 05-17-07, 09:27 PM
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Good job Rockets. Keep it up man, you can win next week.
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Old 05-17-07, 11:46 PM
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Nice report Water. Do you find that hitting it and doing some serious work mid race primes the pump for the final sprint? I do some times.
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Old 05-18-07, 06:12 AM
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It's tough to say. I have to make sure I've got time to recover, but that only seems to take 2 minutes or so.

It certainly helps the confidence
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Old 05-18-07, 06:48 AM
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great report! Fifth place is awesome but I know exactly how you feel. No matter what it seems its never good enough unless you won and even then you can make excuses for why even that was flawed.

I love how you seem to have a good handle on why you finished this race the way you did and I look forward to reading your next report and how you handle it.

good job
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Old 05-20-07, 07:33 AM
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How big are the fields out at these?

Good job btw - sounds like you're in the hunt for your first win.
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[QUOTE=ravenmore]How big are the fields out at these?[QUOTE]

The txbra results thread said ~40 for the 3/4, ~50 for the 4/5 and ~50 for the open.

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Good job btw - sounds like you're in the hunt for your first win.
Yeah, unfortunately, I think I'm going to short-circuit that effort until after the ATT crit. This week I need to do the Tuesday Nighter, and the two weeks following that, I think I will just race in the Thursdays Open 1-4 so I can feel that speed with fresh legs (instead of after working myself over in the 3/4 race).

In the ATT crit, I'm planning to race the M35+, so I need to get beat up by the cat 2 masters in that Open crit a few times beforhand
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