Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Nighter at The Rent!

I experimented with attacking today.

I've never really attacked during a race and I figure that the B training crits are a good place to go on the offensive.

The first prime went, and I waited. I moved up and then gunned it as the prime winners crossed the line. Got a good gap going and stayed away for a couple of laps. I tried to lure some people to come and get in a break, but no dice. Sat up after a few laps of no one bridging and it being too early.

Another prime came up and I was too far back to do anything. 2 people went for the prime and then kept going. I tried to bridge, but failed. I was between groups for another couple of laps.

I sat in for a few minutes and recovered, as another chase group went past me. I let them go.

Another prime was called, and the first chase group got caught. A few others rolled off the front, and I hid from the wind and waited. As we got around the last bend, I gunned it and passed them trying to bridge up to the break.

I made it in about 2 laps, but the break gave up right around then. I waited for the chase group and went with them. No one wanted to work, so I went to the front and pulled on the prime lap. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone trying to take the prime. I said screw it and started sprinting. I got the prime.

We got pulled in right after that, and I hid for a few seconds. The bell lap was called, and I was done. I tried moving up so I could sprint for a win, but I got 6th. No gas left.

It felt good to be so aggressive instead of sitting in the race like I do so often. I think I'll be sticking to the B race from now and getting a handle on making moves.

I was surprised that I had so much left in my legs after the hard Pedal Power group ride yesterday.

I'm planning another monster workout for tomorrow, but I doubt that I'll do what I've planned.


  1. I too think I'm better off trying things out in the B race right now. If I enter the A race, I'll get a great work out, but my focus will be solely on doing what I can to hang on and not get dropped. I'm not strong enough yet to experiment with anything in the A races, so if my goal is to try new things and learn from my mistakes (and it sounds like that's true with you as well), then for the time being, the B races are best for me.

  2. Yup.

    I'd rather animate the race than fall apart.

    I know I can hang on with the A's when my back isn't falling apart, but I'll just be sucking wheel.

    That's working out, not race training.

    I'd rather attack, recover, attack, recover. Repeat ad nauseum.

    Join me next week. Lets try to lap the field. I know Paul's going to be interested in that.