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Old 09-25-18, 09:08 AM
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Thanks, folks!

Worlds is in nine days. It's a very stacked deck this year, thanks to the UCI's age grading of the women's fields (55 and up). There are a number of entrants in the 55+ bracket this year, many are under 60, and several of them are current World Champs. Hey, I'll do the best I can. It's not about the podium, it's about the journey, but realistically, this is probably my last chance at a rainbow jersey. I'll do my best.
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Dare To Race/Ray "Doc" Hess Memorial Criterium - Masters Men 55/60+

Hi. Let's try this again -- especially since I started this thread. First race of the new year for me. Missed a TT and a crit earlier this year because of having to deal with my dad who was in the hospital for 9 weeks. He's out now and doing okay but the saga isn't over.
Anyway, it's been over a year since I did a SoCal weekend crit and almost a year since I did any kind of a crit. I was a bit nervous about being able to hang. Nervous enough that I forgot my race wheels (Zipp 303 tubulars) at home. My spare race wheels are decent though, Zipp 202 clinchers.

Fortunately, the fast people decided to take it a bit easier today. The race actually started at a sane pace. I was able to stay in the top half of the field of 33 riders (55+ & 60+) at the beginning of the race. About 11 minutes into the 55 minute race, a friend of mine from a team that made up about a quarter of the field, went off the front. I went with him. It lasted about half a lap and of course when we got caught some of the fast guys counter-attacked. I was barely able to stay in but I made it and decided finishing was better part of valor. I probably could have raced harder but the psychological trauma of getting dropped probably would have ruined the rest of my season.

Eventually four guys got off the front including one 60+ guy. Instead of my usual sitting up on the last lap I stayed in the field and kind of sprinted so I wasn't DFL.

If it doesn't rain next weekend, I plan to do a circuit race on Saturday and am undecided on a crit or TT on Sunday. If it rains on Saturday I'll probably do the TT. All of this is part of my preparation for Valley of the Sun.
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Well done, and class points for going OtF after a hiatus from racing.

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@Cleave It is always good to break some of the rust off. I liked the sprinting not to be DFL Sort of a last lap miss n out.
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Racing is fun.

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@Bandera , if class = boundless optimism, then you have me pegged.
@Hermes , yeh, that's the ticket, Miss-N-Out.
@Heathpack , if it wasn't still fun, I'd stop doing it. Given the forecast for this coming weekend and some changes in plans due to family, I'm not even sure about Piru on Sunday, but if I race at all this weekend, it will be there.
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The rain in SoCal has been wreaking havoc on my training and racing as I tied to build some form for Valley of the Sun Stage Race. Last week I was supposed to do two races but both got cancelled due to weather and other circumstances, plus I had to go to my parents' house at the last minute on Saturday anyway. So this weekend...

...started badly. I was going to do a 40 Km TT at Piru yesterday. It was supposed to rain overnight and be dry for the race. Mother Nature decided to delay the rain so I went to the velodrome to simulate a 20 Km TT instead. The results were mediocre but at least I know that I can push harder and hurt more next Friday in Arizona. BTW, my teammate did the TT and spent the rest of his day cleaning his TT bike.

Today was the Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium in Brea. I pre-registerd for the 50+/55+ race in 55+ so despite rain in the forecast, I went. If it was raining at the start, I would DNS. If it started raining during the race, I would DNF.

Decent-sized field with a total of about 50 riders. Looking at the 55+ registration list, only one guy was definitely older than I and he didn't start because of the damp course.

The race started very fast and I got shuffled towards the rear of the field. Bad positioning on my part and bad bike handling by others had me closing gaps every lap until I got popped around 10 minutes into the 45 minute race. Decided to keep going until I got pulled. Around 20 minutes into the race I got lapped (0.8 mile course) by the break. The chief referee seemed to be ignoring me and after the field caught me I was sure he was going to pull me so I didn't even try to latch on. Nope, he kept me in my misery. I kept going somewhat halfheartedly and when the field caught me a second time I latched onto the back. Unfortunately, about a half lap later, the last three guys in the field got dropped. One guy stopped almost immediately. I stayed with the other two. After a couple more laps, a second guy stopped so now it was me with some guy who I didn't know. We kept going because no one told us to stop.

It started raining lightly and I thought about packing it in but then I saw 3-to-go on lap cards so I figured I'd gone this far... (of course it was 2 laps less far than the pack). A lap later the break caught and passed us and just as we got the bell, the field passed us again.

Results are not on the USAC web site yet so I don't even know if they show me as a finisher. At least my NP and average HR were higher than my simulated TT on Saturday.
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@Cleave It looks like you made some lemonade out of lemons. The good news is you got in some efforts and kept the rubber side down. We got back yesterday from a ski week in Park City, UT and we had a lot of snow. We skied 5 out of a possible six with two great ski days. The bad weather days we cut our skiing short.
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It's been a wet January out here, hasn't it? There's another juicy storm slated to come in this Wednesday.
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@Cleave , I'm toying with the idea of 'racing my way (back) to fitness' after I recover from the broken foot. I sure miss it!! Good racing, you!!
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@Hermes , sugar-free lemonade.
@sarals . yep, that's what I hope I'm doing right now.
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@cleave, better than my weekend- I planned on the Piru 20k for Sunday and was gonna race whether it rained or not. Then had a crazy weekend and getting ready for the race, getting up early on race day felt like ďone more thingĒ. Decided to skip it, then of course the rain was delayed and they raced in mist and I kind-of regretted skipping it.

But only kind of. I find my attitude towards racing is changing. Its still really important to me personally and I still want to do well. But I am not sure that making it the central recreational thing in my life makes sense any more. Iím find Iím making room for other interests, which is a good thing.

Congrats on getting out there in the rain!
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