It Could Have Gone Better- Longbranch Road Race

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Yesterday was proof that not only do I have to be in shape but I need to be focused on the race. The legs were willing but unfortunately today I was a headcase.

Longbranch Road Race/ Senior State Championships

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Qrings x 11-23 Spinergy Wheels

We got there a tad later than I wanted. I had a flat as we were rolling to the start line so I had to borrow a front wheel from Kurt Brown. A Junior from First Rate Slammed his brakes and swung right, hitting my front wheel and running me into the gravel. As we took the hard left turn and started down someone dropped a bottle after hitting a pothole and I ran straight over it, lost control and almost went down but thanks to me bouncing off a Cucina guy I stayed up.

This was all in the first 4-5 miles.

When we got to the first hill (which looks MASSIVE on the approach) I was close to the back of the pack and passed a few people on the way up but close to the top where it levels off the speed picked up, people started passing me and I couldn’t get back into my big ring.

I’m done. It’s not that I’m cooked, I have the legs. It’s just I don’t FEEL like racing. Does that make any sense?

I look behind me at the 10 guys who got shelled and asked if they want to get back on. about 8 of them turn around to go back to the start. The others just grunt and coast along. I’m officially on a bike ride now. One of the guys said he got a flat right after the turn and he’s just going to ride the course and go have a beer. I was all about that.

Greg, RC, Kurt and Brad all finished the race. Corrie got dropped on the second lap. He said he just didn’t have the legs up the hill and got popped on the feed as well as a whole bunch of folks. I think Greg was in the top 10, not sure about that and RC and Kurt were mid pack. Brad was most impressive by absolutely killing himself on his first cat 3 race as well as his longest road race of the season so far. Very impressive, nice job Dr. Death!

The big story was the rider from Avanti who went off with 2 to go and stuck it. That’s a HARD course to be by yourself on for ONE lap, let alone TWO. Martha… auto-upgrade that guy. WOW.

So this is officially (again) the last time I will see a race until June 10th at Pacific Raceways. I will now return to training mode, it’s off to Cougar Mountain.

Stay Beautiful!

6 Responses to “It Could Have Gone Better- Longbranch Road Race”

  • Nice work out there Brian – we all have days like that and it sounds like you made the most of it. Thanks for cheering on the sidelines!

    Jen

    Juicey — May 5, 2008 at 7:45 am
  • Sounds like you were temping fate there. Glad to hear you came out of it with all your skin and bone in tact. Now concentrate on staying healthy for the bachelor party.

    Sketti Scramble — May 5, 2008 at 9:23 am
  • Close call. You don’t even know how thankful I am that you were able to save yourself from the pavement. I like you in one piece, thank you.

    Rosanna — May 5, 2008 at 10:06 am
  • I remember once, when we were kids, you and your BMX bike tried your luck on this make shift plywood jump down by rotary field. You came home with your face covered in blood and gravel stuck in your lips. It was amazing and mom was mortified…

    Glad you came out of this one a bit better than that… HAHA.

    Evan — May 5, 2008 at 10:46 am
  • Not racing until June 10th? Hey, What about the Glenwood RR you keep commenting on at my race site?

    Have a good wedding & honeymoon!

    Erik

    justfivegrins — May 10, 2008 at 8:12 pm
  • I know. Frustrating because I really want to race that course.

    You’ll have a very large Byrne turn out though, promise!

    Brian — May 11, 2008 at 7:06 pm
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