Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Crits #9, 10: Protected

Tonight I decided to do two races again; Saturday I raced the 3/4 men's race and the 1/2/3/4 women's race, and tonight I raced the 4 men's race and the 1/2/3/4 women's race. The course was different than Saturday's but the normal Wednesday night course, so it wasn't anything new but it wasn't anything easy, either!

I stayed with the main field for 10 minutes, 10:22 and 4.3 miles to be exact (25.0 mph), and then I couldn't hang on any more. I ended up with another smaller group for the next 10 minutes until we all got pulled just before they started showing lap cards. This is the second time I can remember being pulled from a race; the first was last year in Fond du Lac in the ToAD series, when I'd already been lapped by the field 3 times and was SO HAPPY to get pulled from the race. Today I wasn't as happy but I wasn't disappointed either, and looking back I am very thankful. In the final lap, there was a big crash in the third-to-last turn. God has been protecting me all season, and this was a visual example to me that He still is! Thankfully everyone was OK, and they placed most of the riders who went down. Preliminary results are below, and I am 19th. Omni points are awarded through 15 people, and my goals is to not only earn omni points but to also place in one of these races!

7-25-12 Men's 4 Crit Results

Since I got pulled, I had an additional 10 minutes to recover between the men's race and the proceeding women's race. After chatting with Anna and Cali, I hit the line again with 10 other women. Pretty much immediately, AJ, Jes, Katie, Marsha, and I were together at the front, and we pretty much saw the other women only when we lapped them. I did absolutely no work, just sat on AJ's wheel the whole time and watched her cover attacks from Katie and Jes. She asked me once to help and I couldn't, so I said no. A few times I did have to bridge up to her and either Katie or Jes; I don't know if the SVMIC girls planned it, but it seemed like they were trying to create some separation among us with only 2 in the front and the other 3 off the back of them. I wouldn't let any 2 get away and AJ wouldn't let any 1 get away, so it never worked. With 1.5 laps to go I attacked and AJ came with me. We basically sprinted the final lap, and she won it with me coming in second. I am pretty happy with both efforts tonight and quite tired!

7-21-12 Crit 1 stats: 16.85 miles, 38:41, 26.1 mph (31.9 max), 183 bpm
7-25-12 Crit 1 stats: 7.94 miles, 20:11, 23.2 mph, 181 bpm
7-25-12 Crit 2 stats: 10.72 miles, 28:09, 22.9 mph, 187 bpm

Women's Crit Stats
7-25-12 Stats: 28:09, 10.72 miles, 22.9 mph, 187 bpm, 2nd of 11
7-21-12 Stats: 37:58, 14.24 miles, 22.5 mph, 178 bpm, 3rd of 11
7-18-12 Stats: 30:04, 11.29 miles, 22.5 mph, 179 bpm; 5th of 15
6-20-12 Stats: 30:06, 11.21 miles, 22.3 mph, 185 bpm; 6th of 16 (no post)
6-16-12 Stats: 40:18, 15.36 miles, 22.9 mph, 186 bpm; 1st of 14
6-13-12 Stats: 29:40, 11.37 miles, 23.0 mph, 187 bpm; 4th of 23
5-30-12 Stats: don't have them; 3rd of 21
5-23-12 Stats:  31:08, 11.63 miles, 22.4 mph (31.1 max); 3rd of 12

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