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Early Bird Criterium #2 - CycleCriterium

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Freemont, California
United States
Velo Promo
58F / 14C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 31/130
Age Group = 30-44
Age Group Rank = 31/130
Pre-race routine:

Drove to race and registered 2 hours before Race.
Event warmup:

11 mile warmup.
  • 45m
  • 16.22 miles
  • 21.63 mile/hr

Great day in Freemont, I almost went down this time! Three guys hooked bars in front of me and I was stuck behind them as everyone was peeling around us, they took me out with them as they slowed down pulling me from the pack, I struggled for another lap to try to catch back up and could not. I sat by the curb for a second while the group came around again and jumped back in. Most of the race I was in the front 15-20 guys up until then. I gues my lesson for the day is I need to react faster when a situation occurs, always be looking for ways to move up and always be prepared to do so because stuff happens fast.
The weather finally cooperated by the time we raced, It felt good to wear my kit out there, It gives you an Identity with the other groups.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on my endurance, longer rides and focus on tempo rides. My shifting could be allot better comming into turns so that Im not pushing too big of gear comming out. I know my cadence was too low as I was geared out in my 53-12 on the straights.
Post race
Warm down:

one mile easy pedal, just hung my head in defeat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience and fitness.

Event comments:

Look forward to next race in series.

Last updated: 2009-09-16 12:00 AM
00:45:00 | 16.22 miles | 21.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/130
Overall: 31/130
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 4 90 degree turns
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Bad Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-01-11 8:19 AM

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Modesto, California
Subject: Early Bird Criterium #2

2010-01-11 6:07 PM
in reply to: #2607042

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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Early Bird Criterium #2
It sounds like you learned a lot from this race. You have nothing to ashamed of, great effort and watch the guys going down around you. You've developed some serious speed.
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