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Old 05-20-07, 09:59 AM
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Bongo is now ambivalent. ToKV RR Report.

Cliffs notes version: today my suckiness sucked less than yesterday's suckiness sucked.


So after a lackluster performance yesterday, I had a chance to redeem myself today in the RR.

So it's a mildly hilly course (very hilly for SE MI); consisting of two loops at the end of a straightaway; total distance of about eight miles. One loop contains most of the hills, for about two miles. My race is for only three laps.

Start off, this time they did not combine races, so there's only about twenty-five of us or so. Start out on the hilly end of the loop; quick uphill, then down, with a semi-quick left hander at the base. I'm basically trying not to get in an accident down the hill, but everyone comes out OK.

Going out and back on the flats was easy wheelsucking work; the flat turnaround was basically gravel, so that was iffy, but thankfully no one attacked there throughout the race. Throughout the loop, though, no one is taking the corners as fast as I think they ought to, and aren't developing and carrying momentum into the hills as well as I think they should. Mental note, use this to my advantage.

Come around, back to the real (for MI) hills. Coming up the worst of them - the 540 watt thirty second effort below - and the peloton starts passing me. I made a difficult split-second decision to allow myself to be dropped and catch them on the upcoming downhill and flat out-and-back. It was tough, especially after yesterday's Crit-paceline effort failed. I would've blown up had I tried for 600 or 650 watts for thirty seconds; I figured catching them wouldn't burn quite as many high-quality matches; I can do 250 watts basically all day long.

I solo for about twelve minutes on some rollers and the flats (boy, it didn't seem that long at the time), and caught them right before the gravelly turnaround. I tell myself I'm not going to do THAT again... and then proceed to do EXACTLY the same thing again on the last lap, for the same reasons.

Go through the gravel, and start executing my strategy. Since I can't sprint, and ALSO am about twenty pounds overweight (170 lbs, 5'9"), I figure I'm going to have to do some solo-ing and good cornering, combined with a great effort, to have a chance to win. There's two semi-hard corners in the last mile, and one hill. I decide to go before the first corner, and do my best to TT it to the end. I figure that I'm not the only one who has this strategy, though, so I'm going to have to go hard. I was right - several people tried to sprint as I started. At least I was ready... so I go through the first corner mid-pack, and once again, everyone's going slow. I manage to slingshot to the front, and got a gap on the pack...

And then I got to the final climb. I call to my demons; and to quote Jan Ullrich:

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...and for the first time, the twisted souls of all the demons in hell did not answer the Jan's unearthly call. The Jan was like, hey, dudes, what is being the hell? And the demons are all like, yeah, uhm, that little hairy dude is real fast and like, oh mighty one, we don't know how to tell you this... And the Jan is like, what, what are you saying, just spit it out, and the demons are like, oh great dark one, oh great master of all that is unholy, um, have you, like, gained some weight, cause we're all back here pushing and, um, you're like really, really heavy. What we mean is, we're really trying back here and Bob even hurt his back and he seems real bad, and the Jan is like, fine, ****, fine, just go pissing off, dudes.
Perhaps I burned too many matches going up the hills, or bridging the gaps. In any case I was caught in the first third of the climb. I know my race is over, and I let the peloton go without challenging any more.

So even though numerically, I did worse today than yesterday, I'm much happier about today's results than yesterday's. My tactics were reasonable, at least for my power curve. I challenged for the win (and was in the lead) in the last quarter mile or so. Planned a decent strategy on the fly when what I originally had planned wasn't going to work. I just didn't have enough. That's OK - gave it my all, and I believe I set a new one-minute power PR. I really think if I wasn't carrying two extra bowling balls up the hill I would've been able to stick with the group, not burn too many matches, and TT off the front at the end. Perhaps next year...

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Wow. Very well written. Good job today. I felt like I was riding right next to you. My heart rate went soaring. Good job once again. BTW I like your "Velocity" numbers.
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Is there a Clif Notes version?
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Cliffs notes version: today my suckiness sucked less than yesterday's suckiness sucked.

That would be Sunday and Saturday, respectively.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
Cliffs notes version: today my suckiness sucked less than yesterday's suckiness sucked.

That would be Sunday and Saturday, respectively.
like Greg LeMond once said (when he made some sense) - it doesn't get any easier, you just get faster.
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