Not sure why, but I have not made any blog entries in awhile. Hopefully, I can somewhat commit to a couple blogs a week.
I raced this weekend down in Lincoln thanks to Bike Pedals. I was automatically signed up for the Cat 3 race since I was Rider of the Year for 2009. With that I agonized about whether to pay another $27 or not to race the Master's at 9:15am. To make a long story short I signed up.
I knew I was up for quite possibly a harder race than the Cat 3 race. The race didn't disappoint. It started off fast, fast, fast,... I was up there though. Still highly motivated to stay on with the group. I knew who the fast guys were, Spence, Vondrecek, Shim. They pushed the pace for the first 10 laps or so. I was still there. Not quite sure who caused it but one more surge seperated the pack. I was behind Vondecek. Predictably, he took off to catch his Cat 2 commrades, and just as predictably I chased but could not match his pace. I was gassed, then several other attempts were made by other riders. No luck... with that we were officially the "Chase Group".
I admit it, I sat in. I was working hard just to stay with this group, I had no business getting on the front. 3 laps to go, the fast guy who was pushing the pace dropped right in front of me to take a rest. I was in great position. Just before the last lap, I found myself on the front. Not the best place to be but that was fine. I moderated the pace, expecting people to come around me. Nothing happened. Two more corners to the long drag race finish. I wanted to be first into that corner. I was, but there was another guy on the outside. He beat me out buy a bike length. I finished 5th on the roade and 4th in my age group.
That was the good race... I didn't do so well with the Cat 3. Again, there was a break. I was with the chase group, and then off the back. Somehow, I think I let the excuse of doing an early race get to me. I didn't have the mental energy to stay with the group. I was done... now it was a training ride. A very hot exhausting training ride.
Sunday it was a Pioneers park and back to riding on hills. I was feeling good riding with the group. I would ride hard up the hill and use the rest of the course. Stayed with the group for 5 'bouts with the hill. The last hill I worked too hard and then I was off by myself. Another training ride.
Athough the results were dissapointing, it was fun to get out with the team racing.