Result: 23rd of 41
It wasn’t pretty. Lots of action tho.
Breakaway #1, failed.
Breakaway #2, failed.
Crash avoided, successful.
Puddle avoided, failed.
Latch back on group, barely.
Last rise before finale, dropped.
Good workout, successful.
Lived to race another day, yep.
I’m back for this workout and looking forward to the workout, even if it’s wet out.
“perfect” pace line warm-up and ready for two technique sprints at 6:30pm. Two groups sprinting together. Lap 1 – Corner 2 to 3- small ring short sprint (2 light posts), corner 4 to 1- big ring long sprint. Lap 2- corner 2 to 3- small ring long sprint, corner 4 to 1- big ring short sprint, lap 3- recovery. Repeat 4 times. Cool-down and done. Modifiers: lead or draft, longer or shorter, more or less than 5 sets. Larry
Result: 40 of 56 (but intact!)
The unofficial first race of the season was a crashfest. Nice. I was forewarned though from friends & teammates in the earlier races. Those of you who think it may be safer in the higher cats due to better bike handling are in for disappointment. The speed’s faster, the gambling’s riskier, and the road hits back harder. (Ok, I may’ve made up the last one.)
Ok, ok… Back to the race.
At the starting line, I made out some familiar faces and marked anyone who looked too relaxed. After instructions etc., we were off like cattle being prodded into a narrow corridor aka the downhill corner… only to be greeted by a stiff headwind. Bunched up again only to navigate small allowances that went left, left, twisty left to right up the hill aided by a small tailwind (which sucks if you arent a sprinter, I aint one). 180 hairpin at the top forces everyone to slow up then gun down the hill. Rinse and repeat for several laps (throw in two squirrely crashes for a good measure just to wade off boredom).
With two to go, the pack revs up last corner before the hill. Now- it’s on. Being in the back gives me a nice view of the race however it can suck when someone crashes in front of you. ”oh (bleep)” I swerved to the curb “oh holy (bleep)”, missd it and didnt have to hop it (saves time on truing the wheels later) and just chased to make the gap that the crash caused. The break in front materialized then de-materialized in front of me (read: I missed the break). Oh well- at least I got a workout in. Sort of.
unfortunately I will not be able to make this training session. I’ve been invited to join the USA U23 and women’s National Teams in Carson, CA
Let’s start some sprinting… sign in, pace line warm-up until 6:30pm (yes, I’ll get better about this ;-), 2 form sprints, 2 lap effort, 4 small ring sprints from 4 to the “finish line”, 2 lap effort, 4 big ring sprints from 4 to the “finish line”, cool-down and get home! Larry