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Old 06-03-07, 12:17 PM
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My form is gone. Time for some mid-season regrouping.

I hate to say it, but I think it's time for a week off.

I went to the Wilmington crit today and got dropped/pulled in yet another downtown crit. Yippee.

My pre-race routine and warmup were actually good, and I rolled up to the line thinking this would be a pretty good race. The whistle blew and I was situated in the front of the pack. The first turn was a left into a short uphill, then 1/2 block to a right. After turn 2 there's a 2-block stretch to get situated for the next turn. So I take a nice smooth line through turn 1 and it lines me up perfectly for turn 2.

As I come through turn 2 in a nice, gentle arc, a rider to my inside decides that he needs to start setting himself up for turn 3 and bumps me to the outside. I drift over a bit and gently bump a rider that was lined up to my outside. I go from 10th wheel to 30th during this little exchange. On the second lap, the same exact thing happens with a different rider, only this time I almost get pushed into the curb instead of another rider. I manage to stay upright and keep going, but of course I've lost even more ground. The pack gets absolutely shredded, and within 5-6 laps I'm clinging to a little chase group until we get pulled.

60 or so cat 4's started the race, and I'm pretty sure the final pack had about 10-12 guys in it. Lots of crashes, lots of guys getting shelled. Really a brutal race. In fact, not a single guy from my team (and we have some damn strong cat 4's) finished the 4 race.

I don't know what's going on--my legs actually felt better than my last technical crit, but mentally I'm totally out of it. My head just isn't in the game. Hell, the last couple days I barely even wanted to get on my bike. Hell, I couldn't even motivate myself to lube the chain last night.

I'm not performing well, and my mental game is out the window right now. I think I'm going to keep up some tempo/endurance work for Mon/Tue, do my training race on Wed, and then take the week off. Like, completely off the bike. My form is completely shot right now, so it's not like it can get any worse. I know this was a tough course, lots of guys got shelled, blah blah blah, but more importantly than losing a couple watts from my legs I feel like I'm just losing my competitive edge/motivation and the races on our local calendar right now will just keep demoralizing me unless I get my head back into the game.

I'm just so disappointed in myself right now, and disappointed that for all the training I've done I have jack to show for it at the races. I need a break, I need to re-focus, I need to clear my head.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:21 PM
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Everybody has a bad day now and again.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:27 PM
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I doubt that it has anything to do with your form. As you seem to be fully aware of, the culprit seems to be your head. The incidents through the turns illustrate that. I think you're being too hard on yourself. As late wrote, we all have bad days, and even bad weeks.

Do what you think is best, but don't beat yoursellf up about it.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:39 PM
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Maybe Dick and Guido are having some relationship issues. Guido might be on top form, but it sounds like Dick needs a break.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:51 PM
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That sucks, don't let it get to you. Maybe take a few days off then get right back at it. I find the season has peaks and valleys yours will turn around soon.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:58 PM
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pete stop copying my threads

i am in the midde of a week totally off the bike so I will let you know how that works out.
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Old 06-03-07, 01:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I'm just so disappointed in myself right now, and disappointed that for all the training I've done I have jack to show for it at the races. I need a break, I need to re-focus, I need to clear my head.
I know the feeling. I had two consecutive races last month where I was extremely disappointed and demoralized. The first one I thought I was hot ***** and was being tactically sound and the whole train just went zooming past me with about 1000 meters to go and I rolled in 22nd out of about 40--but it felt WAY worse than a mid-pack finish because of how it happened.

In my next race after that I again thought I was doing everything right but after 10 minutes of the crit it became more and more difficult to hang onto the lead group up the murderous hill. I just pulled off in frustration, rode back to the car, and drove home dejectedly without even waiting until the finish.

I took a couple of days off and then went on a long, steady 5 hour ride to sorta clear my mind and re-establish my goals. It did me a lot of good.

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Old 06-03-07, 01:43 PM
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Yeah, get some time off and get that killer instinct back. As you know, crits aren't much about fitness, but if you want to race in the US, you gotta get good at them.
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Old 06-03-07, 01:58 PM
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Pete, don't let it get to you. Wilmington was a tough race that took luck as well as skill/strength to stay in it. There was a ton of bumping and you had to stay near the front not to suffer after it stung out around the downhill turns. My day ended on the 8th or 9th lap when I hit the gravel in the turn at the bottom of the hill and slid out. You can read the details on the R1V list serve. You would have thought they would have swept the course better, but this stuff happen in bike racing.

While I am a bit pissed about the result (and the huge lump of gauze on my ass), I am about to finish today's workout on the trainer. Because of the way I went down, the only part of my ass that is not raw is that which makes contact with the seat . My advice to you is to do the same. See you at Greenbelt on Wed.

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Old 06-03-07, 03:37 PM
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^^^ With regard to the course, I'll add that the one thing that was just stupid to the point of endangering people's safety was Turn 6. This was the fast downhill into a right turn, and the street we turned onto was partially open to oncoming traffic. There was police tape, orange barrels, etc. but ultimately no physical barrier/wall between a sliding racer and oncoming traffic. Considering that I watched 8-9 riders go sliding out in that corner during the 3 race, it was a massive stroke of luck that nobody went sliding into traffic at the wrong time.
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Old 06-03-07, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by late
Everybody has a bad day now and again.

Correct.

The best thing you can do is kick back for a while, take a break from racing for little while. Cycling is very strange. You can feel like dogmeat and ride great or feel great and ride like dogmeat. You never know DP.

But you will be back. Oh yes. And the world will tremble with Dr. Pete Thunder.
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Old 06-03-07, 03:43 PM
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Paris Carbon and full Record?
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Old 06-03-07, 04:20 PM
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Good point voltman.

Obviously time for an expensive new racing bicycle. You have full OCP authorization from Pcad for Schwag Procurement to commence.

Funding is your department.
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Take a couple of weeks minimum. Chuck the bike in a corner and go do other stuff. It's probably not going to improve doing a couple of more days...
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
Take a couple of weeks minimum. Chuck the bike in a corner and go do other stuff. It's probably not going to improve doing a couple of more days...
+1

I was having some disappointing results earlier this year. Decided to take a couple of my racing weekends and do some running instead. BAM! I finally get some results that are not only really satisfying on a personal level, but also competitive. So who knows...

have you thought about throwing running or other things into the mix?
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
have you thought about throwing running or other things into the mix?
Yeah, I'll be throwing some running in during my little "vacation," just to keep the calories burning and the heart pumping.
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Yeah, I'll be throwing some running in during my little "vacation," just to keep the calories burning and the heart pumping.
Maybe consider trying a 5k race or something, depending on how you feel. Who knows, maybe you will surprise yourself.
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Come on DP. New bicycle. Say it with me my brothers.

Can I get a witness?
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Pete your welcome to try an Ohio RR this weekend. We got a 4 stage deal starting Friday night. You need a good race were you can get in a good break and drop the hammer and not have to worry about the riding habits of 60 other guys. I know you have the talent, but I'd be demoralized trying to wade through 60 mofo's.
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hey drpete no worries, it happens to the best of us. i kinda saw it happening in the early stages for me beginning of last week, so i trained myself into the ground to make sure my time off the bike was at least spent recovering. this is my third day and im already starting to get that bike itch again. ill prob make myself take one more day off tho to make sure im fresh. keep at it!
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try watching some cycling videos to get some motivation back, too. works for me when i'm sick of riding. anything with merckx just makes me excited to ride again, really want to get out there and dominate.
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Originally Posted by patentcad
Come on DP. New bicycle. Say it with me my brothers.

Can I get a witness?
Maybe a steel bike.
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Doc Pete just take a break. There is a possibility there are other factors, (responsibilities), mentally taxing you. Taking the break may help you identify them and work them out. Trading riding for cycling may not be the answer either try "nothing" for a change.

If all that doesn't work...then I'm with PCad, more swag!.
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