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Old 05-07-08, 10:28 AM
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I finished

Well as previously stated i began racing again after 15 years off the bike(last race and serious riding was 1993). I would have to say that my first race was a success even though I am a little disappointed.
I rode a very smart race, pacing myself and staying midpack throughout the race. I drifted all the way to the back for a couple of laps just to keep myself from going for any preams(sp) and tiring myself out for the final sprint.

With 3 to go I was mid pack and started to slowly move forward through the pack. With 1 to go I was about 10th, pretty much where I wanted to be. As we came to the last corner I made a bit of a mistake as I was on the inside going into the turn and got the door slammed on me by another rider and had to throw on the brakes. I regrouped quickly and found a wheel and then began my sprint from about 12th. I found some clear road to the right and quickly made up ground but ultimately ran out of real estate before I could catch everyone.

Just missed 3rd by half a wheel and ended up forth. The field was larger than I expected (30-40 riders) and the pace was certainly a bit quicker than I remembered (I averaged right at 24mph for the race).

My sprint is still pretty strong for a somewhat old guy (44) and I think i suprised some of the youngsters! I can say that all of the hard training the last few months has certainly payed off!

Until next week, adios!

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Old 05-07-08, 10:32 AM
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That's a "first race back again" that any guys our age would be happy with.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:36 AM
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Congrats!

Sounds like you're out there having a blast.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:42 AM
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A big "hell yeah" from another old guy. But, judging from your performance, it sounds like you could stand to put on some weight.
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Old 05-07-08, 10:51 AM
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Nice. I'd love a 4th in a field of 30 to 40. Well done!
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Well done and keep it up...
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Originally Posted by wanders View Post
A big "hell yeah" from another old guy. But, judging from your performance, it sounds like you could stand to put on some weight.
hehe, yeah I went from 207 in August to 177 by sprintime, hope to be somewhere in the 170 area by July, I still can't climb worth crap though!
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Nice job. No doubt you'll have some podium placings in no time.
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Old 05-07-08, 01:32 PM
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Just about exactly my story 2 years ago ... welcome back. Feels good to train again, doesn't it ?
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