Yesterday was my first race in Sr. Expert, and generally went better than expected. My result was better than expected (27/31) and I didn't bonk on lap 4 like I thought I might. I did manage to drop my chain 2 times that I had to get off and replace it, and wash out in a sandy corner on a doubletrack descent, surprisingly not hurting myself or my bike.
26 April, 2010
19 April, 2010
First, the week before the race: busy with final exams, and then I got a stomach flu monday night. This meant no food for ~24h and no energy until about Thursday. Wrote exams Wednesday and Thursday and generally just tried to get my body back to functioning. It wasn't clear until Friday that I would even start the race.
12 April, 2010
It was on the bell lap that Tyler made the decisive move and again Tim followed. All we could do was chase from there - first Mark Palma (Sweet Petes) and I, then lapdogs on the front. With Tim in the break, Bayden interrupted our rotation in the chase, so Mark tried to go for it. I couldn't follow but a Handlebars CC rider did go with him so it was 2 groups of 2 up the road and the rest of us chasing. We closed down the gap nicely but ran out of road as this was the final lap - Mark and the Hbars rider would be caught about 1k out and the Tyler/Tim move stayed clear by 3 seconds at the line. I got interrupted by a rider who sat up after their pull in the leadout, and thus rolled in at the back of the pack - such is life.
09 April, 2010
Time to take a short break from studying to catch up on the last couple weeks of racing here.
01 April, 2010
The reason for this is school. School that is about to end (for the foreseeable future). Being that this is the eve of race season the reports will start to flow, and within a month I should be back to regular blogging when my life returns to normal.
- It's the first race of the season for me (minus Frostbike, which I think of as part of my '09 season, periodization wise)
- It's the first race for most Ontarians
- Legs feel ok, numbers are looking good for April
- I'm racing in a new category - looking forward to that for many reasons
- Time to see where things really stack up!