5 Days to Race Day
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Well since my Triathlon was cancelled by the promoters, I now have no excuses for my race results on Sunday July 5th. I am entering into my first race ever as a cyclist. This is a WisSport sponsored race so yes I will be intimidated by the pro-racers and top end category racers as well.
I have no idea what to expect. I know not to position myself up front with the pro's but I also think I should not position myself in the very back. I hate to lose the effect of a good peloton. I will try to position myself in the middle of the pack and I hope to stick with them until the end. The course has some challenging hills and I'm not a billy goat and since I 'm carrying about 220 lbs I'm sure I'm in the plus 50 lbs among my other competitors.
I'm embarking on my second season of cycling so I have no goals or training schedule again this year. I'm using this 2 lap 20 mile circuit and 42+ plus miles from start to finish along with the Race the Lake (90 mile race looping around Lake Winnebago in August) as my measuring points for my 3rd year of cycling. I'm using these results as to figure out a training schedule and off-season regimen as well. For speed testing our local cycling club does time trials each month. I will be using these results to focus where I am at in my speed work.
So in a way, the anticipation to Sunday is gut wrenching .... I'm excited yet nervous as all heck!! Do other cyclist who compete at this level go through want I am experiencing? If so, I can see and understand why a lot of cyclist do not compete. I hope that these feelings do not keep me from racing or should I say attempt at racing the following year!!! ;-) Yet again, may be it these feeling that drive people to want to compete??? May be the ones who continue to compete know how to control these feelings fom becoming too overwhelming? Another topic for a blog?