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Race Day Came and Went

Monday, July 06, 2009

Well Sunday came around and so did the race. What a humbling experience and boy do I have a long way to go.

The course was shortened from being a little over 43 miles to 35.5 miles. Road construction and bridge out (Welcome to Wisconsin in the summer time). This course was more hilly than I thought. It had you climbing and enjoying the descent only to brake to make either a hard right or left turn to only be going up hill again. (I have to learn to do these turns with out braking)

I learned a lot from the start ..... stay at the back third and try not to allow yourself to keep up with the riders jockeying for position. Find a group you can hang with and use as a draft pace line. I had to ride the course solo. It was windy and not fun bucking the wind alone. I passed one person on the first lap and three more on the second lap. The last person was within the last three miles and I was bound to overtake him again and leave him behind me. I was able to accomplish that.

There were 112 cyclist that finished. There were 95 males and 17 females. The average time on the course was 1:42:11. My results and they are not pretty: I was 92nd overall; 84th out of 95 in the men's division and 11th out of 11 for my age bracket. My time was 1:57:13.

At least I now have something to shoot for for next year and what to build and develop for a training plan.

My next race is a 90 mile race in August around our lake.

The day of the race I was able to force a bowl of raisin bran cereal. Very hard to get down. (I was like this in high school as well doing sports .... I had a hard time eating and keeping it down. At least I did not throw up like I did in high school so I'm improving in that area to a certain degree.) I had two plus water bottles with my Heed electrolyte mix and a regular 20 oz of water before the race. I had two of the bottles of Heed during the race and probably could have used a third bottle with just water. I did not do any GU or any other nutrition other than the drink. I will have to figure this out again and calculate when I need to down the GU. I did do a recovery drink about 4 hours after the race.

Again, the race was fun and the competition was fun. I know I would like to do more races but I have a lot to learn about race strategy, nutrition, hydration, and training for one.

Jim
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  • DEATHB4SHAVING
    do you just ride road bikes? I am assuming the group rides are with W&S. have you visited wemseries.com or wors.org ?
    3389 days ago
  • IMCONFESSIN
    Awesome, man! You completed a race!
    4159 days ago
  • WONGERCHI
    Jim:
    Welcome to the world of bike racing! The only sport where you have to train really, really hard just to suck.

    Don't worry too much about your race result - unless you're one of those people who has tons of natural talent, being dropped like a stone is par for the course. It's happened to me more times then I'd care to count. The main thing to do is learn from your mistakes.

    You made a bit of a rookie positioning mistake. Don't worry, everyone does this at first! In any group race (RR or crit) you want to be in the FRONT third as much as possible. You stay out of trouble, but more importantly, there's a concertina effect that happens in the group when you take a turn. The guys at the front go through the turn pretty easily, but then everyone else is trying to squeeze into the same bit of road so the speed comes way down. And then you have to sprint to catch the bunch, wasting precious energy.

    You'll improve, no doubt. Learn from your mistakes, train smart and you'll be amazed at what happens next year!

    Congrats on actually pinning on a number. It's more than the vast majority of cyclists ever do, so you should be proud.
    4159 days ago
  • DRC2205
    I think you did great! You might have been last in you age group, but you still beat other people in the race. Considering you didn't plan for this race until recently, I'm even more impressed. And knowing you, you will continue to improve so next year's blog will have more positive things to relay, LOL! Congrats..
    4159 days ago
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