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RUBIDIUM's Photo RUBIDIUM Posts: 17
5/6/08 12:16 P

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well I'm sure other riders with more racing experience could be of more help. But I was told by our coach that if you're having a race on say, saturday, you don't want to do any really hard efforts past wednesday. Thursday should be an easy day. Friday you can go a little harder than thursday, but still no huge efforts, still relatively easy. On the day of the race it's really really important to warm up before the race. I've seen lots of different warm-up routines touted but what I do is just ride for 15 minutes before the race, with about 2 minutes of those 15 getting my heart up into my 'ok we're working now' zone. As far as general weekly workout stuff, I haven't been doing any more races this season so I just don't worry about it, I just ride for however long I feel like riding. So you'll want to either look up race training workouts, or ask racers on the board. Good luck!!!

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5/6/08 12:05 P

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What's a good training schedule for a race? My first race coming up is only going to be 30 miles but it still makes me nervous (I've only just ridden for exercise, fun, etc). Is there a formula? Do you just ride a portion of your total race every day? Ride as much as you can daily? I need some help. These stories are so inspiring even if they're about the ugly side of racing! I just want to complete mine (in 1 piece!)

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
5/5/08 8:28 A

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Rubidium

That club was years ago. The new club that I'm trying to get involved with seems a little different from conversations. I have not yet rode with them on any group rides yet my timing of meeting them is off. I hope to soon when I get my bike out of the LBS from a tune up.

As far as racing goes .... I'm not sure I'm ready yet. I was going to see how I would do on the time trials and how I can handle riding in a group peleton.

I was going to have the members evaluate whether I'm ready? What races are near by that would be for my level of riding?

Will see how the summer goes .... I'm not in hurry to compete and am happy to use the summer for training and endurance but yet again I would like to seewhere I stand. May be if I do race and see how bad I did that I could use that as a motivation for training harder.

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RUBIDIUM's Photo RUBIDIUM Posts: 17
5/4/08 1:58 A

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JHOLLNAGEL, that really sucks. I have noticed that some of the girls on my cycling team can be uncharitable towards other riders from other teams, mostly if they don't have matching cycling gear or leave the visors on their helmets (which looks 'amateur and stupid' according to them). It makes me wonder if they say things like that about me when I'm not around. It's awesome that you were able to improve and didn't just quit when you were made fun of. Every time I wriggle into my spandex biking gear I have a moment of wanting to quit, not wanting to be seen in such skimpy clothing, thinking that I'll be made fun of and laughed at. But if you are, that's more of a reflection of that person's character than any reflection on you. Are you still going to do some races? You could do them in intro categories. Those are the races I've done. I haven't done any races since my first ones due to an unrelated injury but I will be doing more intro races next season. Are there any other clubs around you could go to? Not all clubs will have jerks like that. Maybe you could find another inexperienced rider and do races together. All you really need is 1 friend to help you get through things. And you did get even with those asses who made fun of you, by not quitting.

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5/4/08 1:33 A

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Because of these posts and my inexperience in riding is why I'm really hesitate to do any races this summer. Maybe I'll be brave enough next year. I just hate people who look down on you because you are not at their speed or competitiveness???? I guess they soon forgot that they were where I'm at now???

I remember when I first got my bike 20 yrs ago and was learning how to ride ... I thought I would go to our local club time trials to learn how to ride technique wise. Boy was I wrong .... I later found out what all the laughing and joking was about after every time trial. they were lauf=ghing at me because I was always being passed during the trials. I stopped going to the trials and I went to the very last one of the season after putting on some miles. The good news is I did not get passed but the bad news is the gut=y that were good at joking and laughing at my expense were not there to see my success and improvement .... some much for trying to get even????:-)

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3/13/08 7:09 P

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RUBIDIUM - I am sure you will find the courage to do another race. You really should. If you find you don't like it after giving it a fair go, that's okay too, but don't let that first race be your final impression. I think since you had the moxie to finish that race, you'll be finishing a lot more of them.

I find your finishing that race to be motivational to me to get back on the race course!

Chin up, face forward.


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RUBIDIUM's Photo RUBIDIUM Posts: 17
3/13/08 6:21 P

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Annice_Quentin, I really appreciate all the time you took to type up your story of your first race! I mean, I still feel crappy about how mine went. But somehow when you know you're in good company and you're not the only one, it doesn't seem nearly as bad.

I was thinking that I definitely didn't want to do anymore races ever. But I think I'll somehow find the courage to do another one towards the end of the semester.

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RUBIDIUM's Photo RUBIDIUM Posts: 17
3/13/08 6:17 P

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That's great advice about being in the front when you start a hill. I'll definitely try it next time. Thanks for the encouragement!!

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3/13/08 3:50 P

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That's a tough way to get initiated in racing, but BIG KUDOS for you for wiping out and finishing the race! That takes major guts - the last Du I raced was wet as anything and someone in front of me grabbed too much brake and slid out exactly like you did. I caught up with him at the end and he said that he pulled out of the race after that as there wasn't much point going on. Him and the bike were totally fine, BTW.

So you're tough! And you also learnt things too, which is the point of racing, especially as a beginner. You learnt cycling techniques, not to mention having your first bonk (not recommended on a regular basis) and your first taste of roadie vanity. Yep, I hate it too, but it gives me incentive to train harder! I get special satisfaction when I cruise past someone in full team kit while I'll be wearing a scruffy jersey and non-matching shorts... The only time I've not encountered the "attitude" is during a Cross race - by the end everyone's covered in mud anyway and team kit's a bit meaningless!

From someone who is totally terrible at climbing, a good tip is to get to the front of the pack just as the climb starts. Then you'll drift through the pack on the climb, rather than being straight off the back as you would be if you start close to the back of the peloton. If you really want to avoid hills, crits or TTs are highly recommended!

Chin up, and think of it as a learning experience, it'll be LOADS better next time!

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3/12/08 1:00 P

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Good for you on getting it done! I've never done a bike race, only organized rides, so many kudos!

I've done running races and duathlons... I felt like a sore thumb at the first duathlon because everyone had these fancy bikes the right gear, and I was in my running clothes and my old cheap hybrid bike. I felt better when I beat a lot of the people on their fancy road/tri bikes, though :)

Now you have the experience... and you'll just do better and better in the future.

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3/11/08 9:27 P

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I have to hand it to you to have the guts to not only enter a race when you didn't really feel like you were ready, but then finishing it after all you'd been through! emoticon I don't think I could have done it. My trainer is trying to convince me to start racing because she thinks I'm ready, but I'm a big chicken!

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3/11/08 6:57 P

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I haven't ever ridden in a road race, but I have to tell you about my first experience in a mountain bike race. First, I overdressed. It was an uncharacteristically warm day but I wore sweat pants and a sweatshirt because it was very cool in the morning and I didn't know you should dress cooler. I did not yet own bike shorts or a jersey but a few other people weren't dressed up to the nines either.

The race was 20 km (about 15 miles)through singletrack trails and up this HUGE dirt hill. It was held on an old farm. I was to ride two laps of 10km each. I knew I could ride the distance but not quickly.

We started in groups according to age. The young kids were behind us, and the fast young men in front. I was so slow because I'd done very little singletrack and kept running into trees. The long hill was brutal and I started feeling sick, so I slowed down. Then as it warmed up and more riders were on the trails they turned into mud. And I mean deep, deep mud. It was going right up to hubs on my wheels, and also all over my sweatpants which started weighing a ton. But that's not the worst part - no, then the kids started passing me. Even ten year olds were leaving me in their wake!

By the time I'd finished my first lap, I was so deflated and feeling weighted down from the mud on both myself and my bike, and exhausted both mentally and physically. I felt like a complete and utter failure. I had been so excited about coming to my first race and had convinced my husband to join me, but I just couldn't face doing another lap. So I quit, thinking it was a good first try.

That was a huge mistake. Seeing my husband come in from doing his full two laps, and the smile of satisfaction on his face, broke me. I started yelling at him for finishing!

When they handed out the medals for first, second and third, I was even more disappointed - there were only two finishers in my age category of women! All I'd had to do was to finish the race and I would have come home with a medal.

That race taught me a lot. I have done a lot of races since then, and I've finished EVERY single one. I've had races where I've been sick with colds, even hangovers, and nothing will ever stop me from finishing a race again, unless it's something out of my control, like a serious mechanical breakdown. I even finished a race once with no back brakes after a rider crashed into me and took out my hydraulic brake line. It was challenging, but not finishing is no longer an option.

So, congratulations to you on finishing your first race! That's awesome. You will look back on this day with pride and fond memories for many years to come.

I haven't raced in four years, and put on a ton of weight. I'm trying a mini triathlon this year and a few small mountain bike races. I'm sure that will be another interesting experience. I don't have the proper clothing and I'm using my mountain bike :) and I don't care!

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3/11/08 4:42 P

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Way to go!!! I admire your attitude... just get up and get it done!!! Welcome to the world of road racing....when I came from racing mountain bike to doing road races, I was looked on like a second class citizen because of "the look" Some Rodies just seem to have this I am better than you attitude.
Keep with your program and dont worry about what others say, Just remember NOBODY is better than you!!!

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3/11/08 4:30 P

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I say fantastic for finishing. My way of handling something like that happening to me (and trust me it does more often than I would like) is to laugh about it afterward. But that's just me. I have a strange sense of humor.

You went, it wasn't the race you trained for, you rode anyway and you finished. Do you think one of the we'll call them 'other' girls would have actually finished if they had done a little off roading....probably not.

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3/11/08 4:16 P

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Oh geez.

I wasn't supposed to race until the end of this month, but my cycling teammates convinced me to do a race this last weekend in Philly. It was a bit of a disaster. Actually a huge disaster.

I was supposed to be doing a criterium (flat, many laps) but it got changed to a circuit race (2 laps, 3 hills per lap). The race was about 12.5 miles total. The first half of the race was neutral, with instructors riding along with us (it was womens intro category) and teaching us pacelining and climbing techniques. I was great at pacelining, and on the flat I could more than keep up with the other riders. However as soon as we hit the first hill I was dropped from the group. I haven't done any hill training yet (today is the first day actually- the snow just melted) plus I weigh at least twice as much as all of the other girls cycling. So I had a really hard time with that. When the actual race started I tried to make up for the hills by really booking it on the flat, but there was a 30mph headwind that was just making us all drag. And again, when we hit the first hill, I got popped off the back and left in the dust. Then, going down the hill, I ascended too quickly, panicked, hit the brakes, and skidded off the road into some bushes. Now there was blood dripping down my legs, and I started to cry. But I decided that I was going to finish the race, because dammit I drove 5 hours there and I wasn't going to drop out. So I had to make myself stop crying (really, you can't breathe when you're crying. It's one or the other) and I finished the race, quite a while after everyone else.

About 45mins after the race I started feeling severely ill. I don't think I've ever had a headache that bad in my life. And I was nauseous and dizzy. My teammates never really told me that you're supposed to eat immediately after a race. And I didn't really eat breakfast, because I assumed it was like when I play hockey- I don't eat a lot before a hockey game otherwise it makes you slow and nauseous during. And I forgot to eat anything afterwards, I was so busy castigating myself for my performance. So basically, my blood sugar crashed in a major way. I think it's called "bonking". It hurt so badly! They force-fed me bagels until I was feeling a little better. But geez, I felt like crap for the rest of the day, and was utterly exhausted for the day after that also.

I also got a few unhelpful comments from a few of the other riders in my race. At the very start, one girl looked at my jersey and said "Um, is that a *homemade* jersey?" (it was- our new team jerseys haven't come in yet- so I had to literally write my college name on the back of a plain jersey). So I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb because A) I looked like a whale compared to these other skinny racers and B) I didn't match from head to toe in sleek team gear. Why are some cyclists so damned vain about their appearance? I feel like there's a high degree of vanity inherent in the sport. Everything has to look cool, sleek, professional. And I didn't look that way. I felt like I had absolutely no business being there.

Oh sigh. That was my first racing experience. My teammates said that I should be proud that I finished my first race. And I guess I am. It's just SO hard to want to go to the next race, with that kind of experience behind me.

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