Seward Park Crit – 5-1-08

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Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Q rings x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Race food – bottle of water, Gu shot.

I showed up a bit late and got a 6 mile warm up. I know… not much but I was hoping it wouldn’t be fast from the start so I wouldn’t get blown out the back.

Yeah right.

2 guys shot of the front on the very first lap and it was on for the next 24. I must say I hung on pretty well for the first ten, Tom Wick even came up to me and said I was maxing his computer HR out. His computer was picking up my HR and when I checked it out I was hitting 197. Guess I wasn’t really warmed up :-)

About lap 10 or 11 I was sprinting up the hill on the left side and must have caught some moss in the gutter because I lost ALL traction and spun out. I unclipped out of both pedals and bounced my twig and berries off my top tube (oh, I miss my compact frame) and heard all the groans and yells from the guys behind me.

I lost the pack but waited for them to catch me (Dave let me take a lap) and Greg let me in. With 6 to go Dan P, Greg and I hooked up to shadow Garage because we knew that Brian or Alex were going to go and just as we got done talking there was a massive surge to the right and Cucina shot off and everyone squeezed to the left into the turn and carnage ensued behind me. I heard bikes hit the ground and guys yelling and lost Brian E’s wheel. Greg was up front, Dan was to the right of me and it was a sea of Cucina in front of me. And so it was for the rest of the race.

Garage took 2 primes and 3rd (I think) and I was a little dissapointed with losing Brian’s wheel. I felt pretty damn good going into 5 laps to go.

But that’s racing.

And that’s my last race until Methow the weekend after my wedding. :-)

I need to train now.


3 Responses to “Seward Park Crit – 5-1-08”

  • If you slide out on the moss at Seward – people will yell at you because it’s been super slick there FOR YEARS.

    If you try to stand up on the dragstrip at Pacific Raceways when it’s wet – people will yell at you because it’s been super slick there FOR YEARS.

    Part of racing is learning where the hazards lie. People probably weren’t yelling because you had a bobble, but because you did it at a place that everybody knows is a problem.

    Ride safe and congrats on the wedding.

    am — May 2, 2008 at 8:43 am
  • Which is why I was more upset at myself yesterday than any other time. I knew it was slick there.

    It was a dumb move and I panicked.

    Hell, I would have yelled at me.

    Brian — May 2, 2008 at 8:55 am
  • great day for a bike race!

    Rosanna — May 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm
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