In Saturdays race
I have to admit, I almost bagged it. Not that I was tired from yesterday, but I as bad as I sucked yesterday, I really expected to suck even worse today. And I did, but it was still a better day than yesterday. It really was a last minute “Go for it”
One think I was not ready for was that hill. That first climb is what put me off the back. That was the obstacle today. And 16 times up that hill has whupped my tail.
So the finish today was about the same as yesterday..lapped and way off. But again, I was allowed to finish, which I am grateful. It was good for training, and my morale, and I’m glad I decided to race yet again.
Weather was good for us again today. PC, but some squirrely winds.
Despite it all.. I had a blast, and I did not quit. That tired feeling I have tonight was worth all of it.
I know now my fitness level, and realize what I need to do to get back in real racing form.
Thanks to the promoters, the officials, volunteers, and the fine citizens of the great city of Grandview (thanks for the hospitality once again!)
I should start by saying I did not go in with high expectations. This was my first crit in 15 years, my first mass start race in 10 years. And I had no real goals. I suppose my real motivation was to get that mass start behind me, and see where my fitness level was.
I was nervous, I was anxious, and it was great having David there! He pinned my number on like an old pro.
The weather was ok. Hot, humid, breezy, and threat of rain. A shower passed over real quick one hour before start, but the roads dried real quick. And the last two laps were in the rain. We got lucky. Ugly storm rolled thru about 3:00 PM.
I had planned to ride up, but instead opted to have David drive me up. I did go up early to get my number so that hassle was out of the way (and it was a hassle. I got there at 11AM, and had to wait 15 minutes, and I was third in line). I got to the race area around 12:30, my start time was at 1:15. I did get a decent warmup, and felt ready.
Funny thing happened next, they opened the race course for a warm up, and my legs felt like absolute concrete. All week they have felt great..why did they choose to do this at race time?
Notice my start position. That is a prime start position. Outside, at the line. And at first I was ok with it, when it didn’t appear that we had that many in the race. (Preregs were low, so I really didn’t have any ideal how many to expect. We ended up with a field of around 30, my best guess). As more riders start rolling up, I was getting nervous and felt kind of claustrophobic. I was thinking “this is a great spot for someone more experienced”. But I didn’t think I should be there, for me or the safety of the guy who had his front wheel overlapping my rear wheel, and about 2 inches away!
Oh well. Start was ok, but the thing I was most concerned about, not getting into the pedals quickly, was an issue. I fumbled with it, and finally got in. By the time I was in, I was near the back of the pack, my usual spot.
Them there was the mental issue of the first turn. Got past that very well, and felt comfortable. But by the time I was out of the second turn, I was out of it. OK, this has become a training ride.
The wind was an issue since I was riding along. Had a stiff headwind on the back stretch.
Could I have rode harder? The answer to that question will usually be yes. However I don’t think I had it yesterday. I had several opportunities to catch back on when being passed( ok…lapped) but just could hang on more than 5 seconds.
I do feel I rode as hard as I could have rode yesterday. I was in a world of hurt.
I’m not going to make up multiple excuses. But, my training was greatly reduced this past week, between the weather and my sinus problems, which still bothered me slightly yesterday. But the bottom line is I need to kick up my training a notch ( actually two or three)
I really do wish I had gone to some of the Tuesday night crits. I would have been better prepared, and would have had the “first crit fears” behind me. And I’m sure I would have been better prepared yesterday, and would have had a better race.
I’m grateful to the spectator, who kept me motivated. Thanks to find folks of Grandview for their hospitality. And a thanks to the officials for not pulling me. I was able to complete the race, and get in a good training ride along the way.
So, should I go to today’s race? I am preregistered. I’m not expecting any better results. But I did pay, so I can at least see how I fare on the hill. Another good training ride.
Tomorrow is my first crit in something like 12 years.
I’m not a crit lover, I’m definitely not a crit specialist. But its a race, and I don’t have to drive to it. And I’m going into it to have fun. I am Velossimo in Columbus. It’s all about me.
The weather sound iffy right now. Will there be a break in the storms? My start time is 1PM, and earlier forecasts was calling for the potential of severe weather late in the day. Now it sounds like it could be an off and on day long event. One thing for sure, if the roads are wet or I see approaching storms on the radar, I will sit out tomorrow. Go ahead , call me a wuss., but wet roads is not the way for me to be reintroduced to crits!
I feel a Crohn’s flareup coming. I thought I had been doing everything right!
Other than that, I feel back to my old self. I went out after work for an easy 25 mile ride. I was tempted to push harder but I was still fighting with a sinus headache.
At least I got a decent night’s sleep last night. No storms, and Puka didn’t try pushing me out of bed.
I’ve decided that I will go ahead and race Sunday as well. But then, it all depends on this flareup.
I do feel a lot better this morning despite the restless night.
I took a Nyquil and was in bed by 8PM. I slept soundly until 11:30, when the tornado warnings went off. I got up and turned on the weather, and Channel 10 was saying the NWS has seen possible rotation on the radar and issued a warning until 12:30AM. I went over to Channel 4 and he said he was suprised that a tornado warning had been issued. I decided I would go back to bed, and if I heard hail, I was heading for the basement.
(I appreciate the fact the NWS is trying to give notice. Whenever they give a tornado warning, the local stations interupt all programing until “the danger is past”. Seems like we have had a string of “cry wolfs” recently, which make me wonder how many people are becoming complacent. I know I did last night, and having been raised in North Texas, I know the threat of tornadoes is nothing to be complacent over)
1245AM- I hear the siren again. I checked the news, they were having problems turning off the alarms. Back to bed.
1:30AM – Lightning and thunder wake me up
2:00AM- Puka tries to push me out of bed
2:45- Lightning and thuder, again
3:00- Puka, again, tries to push me out of bed
3:30- Lightning and thunder.
Alarms goes off at 4:30. I hear more thunder.
I emptied 3 1/2 inches out of the gauge this mornning, and sound like tonight will be a repeat performance