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 Post subject: Great Race Today
PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:51 pm 
Things went well...but not as planned. I was to be on the line at
9:30 on the nose and the guy that was supposed to start ahead of me
didn't show(we were sent off in 30second intervals). It caused some
confusion and when I was up the timer beeped...nobody was holding
me(you're supposed to be on the line 15-30 seconds before hand with
someone holding you up in place)...I wasn't clipped in...then when I
started pedaling I realized I was on the wrong side of my pedal so
again I still wasn't clipped in with my right foot. So I'm thinking
I lost at least 5 seconds and as much as 10 seconds since I really
didn't hammer it off the start the way I planned(I had to get a lot of
speed because a big hill was coming).

Now to the course. The roads were nice and smooth...very low
traffic. However the course description was way off. I've never
done a TT so hilly...or seen one so hilly for that matter. On the
way out(it was 20km out and 20km in) the winds were terrible and it
took me a while to get my rhythm(I'm sure it did for everyone not from
the area). I'm thinking I pushed way too hard in the middle of the
first half of the race(it was obvious since I caught 3 people before
the 10k marker(that means I was 120 seconds ahead of them...not 90
since there was a missing guy infront of me). By the turnaround I was
toast but I passed another 2-3 people before hand. That was pretty
much all the Cat 4 racers that started before me. I was really
lagging at the turnaround but I was still passing people. I was
passing people in mass which felt good. I was going 5-10mph faster
than some people when I passed them...I'm sure it was very
discouraging for them:) Anyhow the course was far from flat...even
with a great tailwind for the way back I had to climb a hill and I
dropped to 13mph...thats insanely slow considering how much of a
tailwind I had. Once I crested the hill...at least there was a nice
downhill. I actually hit 42mph...thats a sign the race isn't close
to as flat as claimed. I had a strong finish but wish I laid off a
bit before I got to the halfway point. I really think I lost some
time and spent too much time recovering at the start of the second
half of the race. Anyhow...now for the results...I came in at
57:18(my goal was to break 56 but that wasn't happening with all the
hills and wind). I didn't think my time was all that fast until I
actually saw what the other times were. I missed first by 3 seconds
which was lost from my start and then some. Anyhow even with that
result I bagged $60...I should have gotten $100 but what can you
do???
Anyhow looking at the other times really makes me feel good about my
fitness, and makes me realize how terrible I am at crits considering
my TT time. One of my customers is a 54:30TT rider(and a Cat 2)...I
beat him by 1:30 and I beat a couple other sub 55TT racers which makes
me think he didn't just have a bad day(on his $10,000 Pinarello
Montello). My time also would have put me in 8th in the Pro/1/2
category(a few of them didn't even break an hour). Observing
everyones results makes me believe the sub hour guys lost at least 3
minutes to the wind and hills relative to a flat TT. This means I'm
ahead of the game and can lower my goal from breaking 55 minutes this
year. I'm going for broke and trying to break the 54 mark and I'll
call it a stretch but maybe I can hit 53:30. I've barely done any
power training and I'm thinking this is a reasonable goal considering
where I am now.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:02 am 
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Potter good JOB! :D Awesome work. I bet your left foot is stronger then your right.
When did you clip in?

Now you need to get out here on the Vic track :wink: You'll have to show a diva how it's done ! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:58 am 
You're right...my left leg is much stronger for pushing...I need my right for pulling though...especially off the line. As for a pursuit I'd love to show the Diva whats up...I bet I can put down a 5:08 or faster right now. I didn't expect to be where I am right now and I can't wait to get to a track and put a time in...I just wish it were the Victoria track :D With this time I'm thinking I should surely be under 5 minutes by the end of the season...I'm really excited about this!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:20 pm 
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Well we would love to have you here again :)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:21 pm 
I'm sure not all of you :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:23 pm 
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Well only the people that matter :P

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:27 pm 
All people matter...in that sense I like people not liking me around.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:12 pm 
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Good !
I should keep that in mind :)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:14 pm 
Unfortunately...that person feels the same way and bugs the hell out of everyone...if I'm in a big group at least 1-2 people want me there.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:49 pm 
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You should become a member...its cheaper to buy the clothes...if you buy the gear under the OA discount you'll pretty much pay for nearly half the membership...plus the money goes to a great organization.


That's what I did. I'm now member and I bought for almost 300$ of clothes. It would have been a bit pathetic to do cycling with all those OA clothes on without being really associated with that team.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:46 pm 
Great...nice to have another member on board. You'll be very pleased with the clothes. Even if it didn't say vegan stuff on it...they just look good.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:13 am 
I went out after work for a 4 hour ride but things didn't work out. My ceramic bottom bracket blew out on my so I called it quits and turned around...I'm putting in a temporary $15 piece of crap until I get my ceramic one warrantied out.
Anyhow...I managed about 15 useless miles...then I went home and decided to put in a hard two hour night ride on my race bike. I really laid it out and I'm loving the bike. Its not even remotely comfortable but its stiff and fast with the uber aero wheelset on the bike. Bumps are terrible with those wheels and the aluminum frame but it accelerates like a dream so its well worth it. I wound up putting in 39 miles in a little under 2 hours...not bad at all.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:04 am 
I had a killer ride today...lots and lots of hammering with the group. I don't like doing this on back to back days but it really is what I need. It was only 30 miles but its good for the ego and the legs. I pulled away from the group a few times and nobody worked in the paceline very much so it was mostly me upfront.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:13 pm 
I had a nice easy ride today. I didn't push it once which is something I rarely succeed in doing. I wasn't riding my comfy carbon bike though...so my body did take a beating anyway. Actually it was like someone was hammering my ass with a jackhammer...not fun at all. Luckily the weather was nice though. Anyhow I did about 60miles in a little over 3:30.

I've got a cheap replacement crank on my carbon bike now...so I'm gonna be riding that until my messed up bearings are warrantied out. Much better than what I rode today so I can't complain too much.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:35 pm 
I definitely had a crap ride today. I was planning on doing 100miles but after about 8 I got a flat...then I had a slow leak after about 7 more so I turned around and went out for a 45minute run. I would have liked to run longer but I was planning a super easy ride so I didn't wanna supplement that with a long run since I haven't run for well over a month...maybe even two months.


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