Volunteer Park Crit

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I have never finished this course.  First time I ever raced here I got spooked after a bad crash, got dropped and then pulled.  The next couple attempts were fitness problems and I just got blown out the back (granted I was REALLY sick last years race) and for a 1 minute period yesterday I thought it was going to happen again.

The first 10 minutes were pretty fast.  I have to say I was completely red lined but looking at a lot of the guys around me, we were all in the same boat.  30 minutes in and I was getting comfortable but had a hard time holding position.  I’d find myself at the front going up the hill only to get shut down and slammed to the back around the water tower.  

Midway through I tried to move up on the right side of the hill and tagged the curb, dropped my chain and shot right to the back.  A spectator gave me a great push and I was able to get the chain back on but not in the big ring.  I hit the support and Phil said he would put me back in the pack but a lap down.  At the time what he said didn’t register with my brain and I was stoked that my race wasn’t over. 

I finished mid pack but because of my “non mechanical pit” I was put last which doesn’t bother me too much.  I wasn’t anywhere close to placing just happy to get this race done :-)

Great team showing with Aaron, Brad, Tony, Alex, Ryan and Darren. 

Race – Volunteer Park Crit, .8 mile course 1 hill 2 tight turns – 60 minutes

Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 SSC SL Wheels

Breakfast – 2 eggs, pasta, cottage cheese and a bagel

Lunch – Peanut butter sandwich, snickers bar and Heed

Race food – Nothing.  I didn’t even take a drink of my water bottle.  Sheesh!

Max HR – 204

Avg HR – 145

I’m spending Easter trying to get my BMC working.  I might have to break the epoxy and swap the cranks out.

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