Well, it took long enough but my first race of 2009 is officially done. I was feeling pretty rotten Saturday and into Sunday morning. I have a chest cold – mucusy thing going on that I can’t shake. I honestly gave myself a chance of finishing 4 laps but I made it to the finish with gas to spare. Heck, I wish they had kept it at 72 miles instead of the 60 we were dropped to. I ended up feeling great.
Bike – BMC SL01 51/35 x 11/23 Easton EC90 wheels
Breakfast – Turkey sandwich, cottage cheese and a Malto/ Endurance drink mix
Ride food – two small bottles of HEED, one gu shot and 2 shot blocks
Average speed 24.3
Max speed 39.4
Max HR 187
Average HR 137
It was an early morning. I was up at 5:30 to go pick up Tony and catch the 7:10 ferry. The weather was perfect for me, no rain and a slight chill. The wind hadn’t really starting blowing yet and would hold off until about our second lap. My chest and legs felt seriously heavy for the first 24 miles. I hung at the back while my teammates played at the front. Brad and Alex were taking early jumps to see if anyone would bite. I made my way up and actually tried a jump myself but was quickly reeled back in. Aaron Shaw made a great move to bridge up to Matt Osetto and it seemed to stick. I think the largest was 1:05 on the pack and I really thought they had a chance to pull it off. Wines came to the front and their first couple of attempts to get organized and chase weren’t working but when they got into the groove and the pace picked up, Chauvin and I started to bring our teams up to spoil the chase. Carter REALLY helped us police the front end but when Recycled came up to help the chase it was over. Big props to the Recycled crew. Those guys raced super well together and as I said over on Alex’s blog, if they hadn’t have come up it would have been Shaw and Osetto sprinting it out for 1st and 2nd.
In the heat of competition, words and emotions can get out of hand. Remember the old saying “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me?” well, disrupting a chase (which is perfectly fine by the way) by jumping into the paceline is not “blocking”. Sure, it pisses you off and it’s hard to get yourself reorganized. Get angry, yell, scream call us bad names. It’s ok! It’s part of the race. We all want to win. But when the threats start to get physical and you start throwing elbows or try to manhandle your competitor off the road you have just turned into a d-bag. Don’t do it. If you want to go that direction join another sport.
Anyway the break got caught and Wines sprinted for a good win with Bicycle Center hitting second.
Darren jumped like mad and grabbed 4th only to be told he was DQ’d for centerline rules (damn you!) Brad 6th, Tony 9th, Aaron 12th myself 25th Alex 26th and Jake DNF’d with a mechanical (called 4 year old tires… c’mon man!)
I really had fun. It was a good first race (sick or not) for the year. Next will be Independence Valley this weekend.
Have a fantastic Monday and stay beautiful!