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3rd Annual First Federal Bank Criterium - Cycle


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Tuscaloosa, AL
United States
First Federal Bank
76F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 6/9
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Event warmup:

Rode for 20 minutes with some other women cat. 4's. Two of the three girls were triathletes... pretty cool. :)
Bike
  • 52m 13s
  • 18 miles
  • 20.68 mile/hr
Comments:

My very first crit...what a blast. The race consisted of cat. 1-4 women. Talk about a wide range of levels. There was a total of 9 women: 2 cat. 2's, 1 cat. 3 and the rest were 4's, like me.

I lost the pack after the very first turn...had the hardest time clipping in. Need to practice. :) You think by now I'd get it the first try.

I caught back up to the back of the pack and three of the last riders couldn't hang on so we worked together but kept loosing time on the main pack. Halfway through the race when it was my turn to pull, I picked up the pace and that's when the girls lost me. So for half of the race I was a minute behind the front pack and the girls in the back were 30 seconds behind me. Talk about a lonelyl race, just me stuck between packs.
What would you do differently?:

clip in the freakin' peddle the first time.
Post race
Warm down:

a couple lap cool down, drank gatorade and had a hamburger and salad.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

loosing the front pack.

Event comments:

I came in 6th and got $55 in prize money, not bad. Why don't triathlons give out more money?!

This was a great race to be my first crit. :)




Last updated: 2005-05-28 12:00 AM
Biking
00:52:13 | 18 miles | 20.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 6/9
Performance: Good
heart rate stayed consistently at 182 beats per minute.
Wind: Some
Course: 45 minutes plus 3 laps.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2005-05-28 3:36 PM

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2005-05-28 6:30 PM
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Wow!! You did GREAT!! I'm so impressed! There is no way that I could do that!! Way too technical for me! AWESOME!!

Wish I had known you were doing it, Tuscaloosa is only about 1 hr from B'ham! I could have come to cheer you on! THere is another crit here in B'ham tomorrow.

Again, AWESOME job! AND you won cash-o-la!!

K
2005-05-29 10:05 AM
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WOW!!! I am not familiar with crit's but I do know how good a cyclist you are so I am not surprsied that you did so well on your first race!!!  Congrats and enjoy that smile on your face!
2005-05-29 2:27 PM
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CONGRATS on your first crit and a nice race, Bethany. Way to pull away from the drafters!

It's been a long time since I've done a crit but, reading your post, I remember the rush--a unique experience.

CONGRATS again!
2005-05-29 6:41 PM
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Hey Bethany,

Awesome work on your crit.  (thanks to you i know what that is).  And cash, too??!!??  What are you going to spend it on?  New pedals?  It sounds like you did great.  Congratulations!

2005-05-30 3:16 PM
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Wow, sounds like a cool race. And you won money?? Rock on! You planning to do another one of these races? I would love to get my avg speed to be over 20 mph, like you. Great job!


2005-05-30 5:55 PM
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Bethany,

I'm impressed...you are racing crits.  Those can be kind of hairy, especially when the pack is large.  I've seen some big pile ups in crits. 

Congrats on a great race (they are fun aren't they!).

TJ

2005-05-30 6:49 PM
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All right Bethany! Way to score some cash there girl.  Congrats on your race.
2005-05-30 6:55 PM
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Woo Hoo!!  Sounds like you had a good time, and came home with cash too??!!  Where do I sign up??  That's better than a silly piece of plastic on a string!!
2005-05-31 8:05 AM
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Cold hard cash?  Very cool.  Does that make you a pro?  Awesome race, Bethany.
2005-05-31 8:15 AM
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Hey Bethany..Great race..I was wondering what had happend to you lately!! Glad to see you are still at it.  Take care -SMO


2005-06-01 9:21 AM
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Congratualtions Bethany!! Woohoo, prize money too Any plans for more crits this summer??

-Frank
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