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Old 02-15-09, 02:49 PM
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My first race report

I entered my first race yesterday and had a great time. I always enjoy reading people's reports. They served as encouragement for me so hopefully this will do the same.

San Antonio, FL - Race for Humanity - Cat 5 34 miles ~50 riders

It sort of felt like my first day at school since I was by myself, didn't know anyone, and had trouble finding the registration office. I sat on my tailgate waiting for CAT5 to be called while some people chatted to my left. One of them turned to me and introduced himself. He and his friend were first timers too. They were really cool and laid back. ( Maybe they'd let me sit at the lunch table with them?) 20 minutes later I headed over to the staging area with my new school friends.

The first 5 miles or so were frustrating. Nothing but random cautionary howls from the front of the pack and sudden hard braking while on slight descents at 35 mph. There were lots of skidding tires and locking of brakes when there was no indication of trouble other than hearing "car up" because of a car going in the opposite direction. WTF?

It smoothed out a bit and the pack split in two when we got to our first hill 10 miles into the course. I really wanted to stay in the first group so I weaved in and out of those struggling on the hill. The lead group was about 200 ft ahead of me. I was hoping someone would catch my wheel and we could split the work to catch them, but nobody did. I chased the group for about 2 minutes putting myself at a point of complete exhaustion. I was able to suck wheel for another few minutes, but I over did it on the gapping and they dropped me.

The next three miles I was by myself with the lead group and lagging group out of site. A chase group of 6 riders came up. They felt like my reinforcements being sent in. My two new friends were in this group as well. I grabbed the last wheel and got in the rotation. It was a little farked at first but Colnago guy took control and suggest we all do 20 second strong pulls. This seemed good and we were operating like a machine. The pace was a bit too fast for some as riders dropped off one by one over the next few miles.

By mile 23 our group was down to just three. Me, Colnago guy, and new-friend. Colnago guy had us decrease the intensity slightly and do 30 second pulls which felt better. I'm glad Colnago guy was there because having a strategy and structure was great motivation. By mile 26 my right calf starting cramping up and I felt like I was going to drop. I reminded myself that I don't need no stinking gastrocnemius and why the hell was I using it anyway. I took some sips of my gatorade/h20 mix and focused on only firing my upper leg muscles. Wow, it actually worked. We had some camaraderie going and it felt good not to let my pseudo teammates down.

We would see stragglers up in the distance and think, "awesome, they jump on we're up to 4 or 5 and can push the pace a little faster". They did not. I don't think anyone ever grabbed a wheel for more than a few seconds. I almost fell back when we the hit the series of hills on the backside of the course. I was burning and just on the edge of being dropped, but stayed within 25 ft. New friend attacked after the last hill. I saw the flags in the distance and jumped. I passed Colnago guy and told new friend to "c'mon!" as he seemed to have let off. All I heard was "awe shiiiit" before I went across the finish line.

(When I heard this an image of Senator Clay Davis from HBO's The Wire appeared...bizarre)

Things I learned -

Shift up quickly while cresting a hill when your legs feel like jelly. High cadence + poor coordination due to weak legs equals fail.

my 9 speed 105 setup is sufficient. Accurate shifts under power and no dropped chain.

I need to practice grabbing my water bottle from the seat post mount. 99% of my rides are 1 bottle on the downtube, which I can use eyes forward and still maintain control. Not so much on the seat post.

I had an awesome time. No crashes, mechanicals, or wussing out. Will do again.
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Old 02-15-09, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading race reports (especially first race reports since I've only done two myself - both last year).

In my first race (Cat 5 all ages), I started out of the parking lot dead last (mistake number one of many). I felt good initially but around mile 8 (of 32) we hit the first climb and my lack of interval preparation coupled with slow reaction time caused me to drop. I knew there would be a hard acceleration at some point that I had to match but I was not prepared for how fast things happened. Me and a riding buddy (also his first race) gave all we could to try to catch the lead group but they were gone. The remainder of the race was a pleasant ride through the countryside.

Race number two was a Cat 5 35+ and although I felt more mentally prepared, my fitness level was not quite as good as it was for the first race. I managed to start among the first 10 riders (about 50 in the field). Even though I started near the front and stayed there for about 10 miles, a rider in front of me slowed on a small climb and I wasn't aggressive enough to maintain my position so I faded to the back on the wheel of the tired rider. When we got to the end of lap one, there was a small acceleration and I thought the two riders near me would try to group/hammer to catch the pack. However, one of the guys just gave up and pulled into the parking lot and the other just watched the group ride away. I tried to bridge but without any help it was no use.

Two races - dropped twice Hopefully I learned from my mistakes and I definitely enjoyed it. I ride a lot with one or two other guys but not with groups any larger. This year, I hope to do more group rides to get comfortable with them and do some interval work so maybe I can finish with the pack.
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2nd that thanks for sharing...much to learn for first time racers and reading about others races, what happened, what you did, helps a lot.
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Switch the bottles, when the downtube bottle is empty, switch it with the seat tube bottle, then you only have to grab it once! Thanks for your stories, I enjoy reading them as my season doesn't start for another month.
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Great report (very well written) - look forward to reading more of your reports throughout the season.
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hi demetrius! it's taylor, one of your tailgate buddies.

for anyone curious, i was one of the ones that gotted popped by the 20 second pulls. it was shizzy watching you guys slowly pull away.

dave and i went back for the crit today- we managed first and second! serious crashfest though. I had a guy go down in front of me and i went for the sidewalk but hit the curb too fast and endo'ed. my bikes ok though, i used my body to cushion it's fall. i got my free lap and got back in, and dave just nipped me at the line.

good to meet you. sorry you didnt come out today.
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Originally Posted by sloaccord View Post
hi demetrius! it's taylor, one of your tailgate buddies.

for anyone curious, i was one of the ones that gotted popped by the 20 second pulls. it was shizzy watching you guys slowly pull away.

dave and i went back for the crit today- we managed first and second! serious crashfest though. I had a guy go down in front of me and i went for the sidewalk but hit the curb too fast and endo'ed. my bikes ok though, i used my body to cushion it's fall. i got my free lap and got back in, and dave just nipped me at the line.

good to meet you. sorry you didnt come out today.
Holy crap congratulations! That's awesome -- well done!
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Originally Posted by fetad View Post
I need to practice grabbing my water bottle from the seat post mount. 99% of my rides are 1 bottle on the downtube, which I can use eyes forward and still maintain control. Not so much on the seat post.

I had an awesome time. No crashes, mechanicals, or wussing out. Will do again.
Funny story: I similarly used to rely on my downtube bottle cage, and had trouble with the seattube bottle. These days, if I'm only taking one bottle, I tend to keep it on the seattube (more aero, dontcha know ), and find it really easy to get it out. The downtube has gotten kind of tricky, though!

That sounds like a great first race - congrats.

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Originally Posted by raleighrx8 View Post
Switch the bottles, when the downtube bottle is empty, switch it with the seat tube bottle, then you only have to grab it once! Thanks for your stories, I enjoy reading them as my season doesn't start for another month.
Thanks for the tip. I ended up doing that after a couple fumbles. Good luck in your season.

Originally Posted by wolfpack95 View Post
Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading race reports (especially first race reports since I've only done two myself - both last year).

In my first race (Cat 5 all ages), I started out of the parking lot dead last (mistake number one of many). I felt good initially but around mile 8 (of 32) we hit the first climb and my lack of interval preparation coupled with slow reaction time caused me to drop. I knew there would be a hard acceleration at some point that I had to match but I was not prepared for how fast things happened. Me and a riding buddy (also his first race) gave all we could to try to catch the lead group but they were gone. The remainder of the race was a pleasant ride through the countryside.
Same thing for me regarding the hard acceleration. I was waiting for it and was hanging in the middle of the pack expecting it any time. As we rounded the corner to start the hill, it already happened. We were all bunched up one minute and the next it was strung out.

Originally Posted by sloaccord View Post
hi demetrius! it's taylor, one of your tailgate buddies.

for anyone curious, i was one of the ones that gotted popped by the 20 second pulls. it was shizzy watching you guys slowly pull away.

dave and i went back for the crit today- we managed first and second! serious crashfest though. I had a guy go down in front of me and i went for the sidewalk but hit the curb too fast and endo'ed. my bikes ok though, i used my body to cushion it's fall. i got my free lap and got back in, and dave just nipped me at the line.

good to meet you. sorry you didnt come out today.

Holy crap is right. That's awesome Taylor. Great way to come back today. I wish I would have come just to get out of the house and watch the race. You guys will have to give me more details when I see you again. I'll definitely be at the group ride this Tuesday night. If I don't see you, I plan on doing the Sanford crit next weekend.
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