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Prepping mentally for first race

Old 04-03-11, 07:00 PM
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Prepping mentally for first race

Weather hasn't been good in the NW for training, so I've been off the bike more than I'd like. And on the trainer or spin bike isn't quite the same........So I sit here looking at the bike thinking about Tuesday night. And since I've been off the bike so much, I toss the idea back and forth between racing the 3/4 race, and the 4/5 race (only for the distance, or lack their of). Or I sit here thinking that I hope it rains, then I won't be racing.
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Do both. Get pumped for it and excited. If you aren't looking forward to the races, don't do them! But IMO, just suck it up and get out there, and maybe you'll have more motivation to keep up the training.
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Yeah, best training is to do it. Though can't do both. They start 20 mins apart and the 4/5 race is a 30ish minute race
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If your confidence is down, do the 4/5.
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It's not confidence, it's endurance of a 12 mile race as opposed to a 29 mile race
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29 miles shouldn't be anything to worry about.
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If you're worried about endurance in a 29 mile race, do the 12. If you can ride 20-25 miles on your own relatively hard, you'll be fine in a 29 mile race. It's faster so it takes less time than if you did it solo, you can draft, and the field won't drill it the whole time. Plus there's the race motivation.
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I'd sure do the longer race; I'd rather race with more experienced people for the sake of safety. Presumably the short race could have a lot of first-timers? The short one will probably be pretty intense; that's really short. Remember, everyone else there has had the same weather!
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You must be a 4 to be in this situation. Given that you've done at least 10 races, you should have a pretty good idea whether you can hang in the 3/4 race. If there's a reasonable chance you can finish with the pack in the 3/4 do the harder race.

If you're pretty sure at your current fitness level you'll get dropped quickly in the 3/4, do the 4/5.
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Originally Posted by JonRags
Weather hasn't been good in the NW for training, so I've been off the bike more than I'd like. And on the trainer or spin bike isn't quite the same........So I sit here looking at the bike thinking about Tuesday night. And since I've been off the bike so much, I toss the idea back and forth between racing the 3/4 race, and the 4/5 race (only for the distance, or lack their of). Or I sit here thinking that I hope it rains, then I won't be racing.
I assume this is PIR. Do it! I'll be there too. The worse that can happen is you get dropped, which honestly, is usually not an issue at PIR. If you are a 4, definitely race the 3/4 race. The 4/5 race is more or less a de facto Cat 5 field.
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