Tonight was an absolutely beautiful night for racing. So race I did! The men's Cat 4 race was first and I lined up with 32 others. My goal was to stay near the front of the pack and see everything that happened. I was in the front 15 or so the entire time until the final 2 laps, when I moved to the back and stayed there.
|Moving up...I'm the one with the white stitching on my |
shorts--evidently Todd likes that style
This is not my category and I don't need to get mixed up in any sprints or possible crashes, so I don't. Plus I have to race again 5 minutes after this race ends, so it's hard enough just hanging on!
|Surrounded by Treehouse guys|
But I managed to stay with the field again, same as last week, and we averaged just about as fast (25.4 mph, which would probably have been 25.5 mph if I hadn't moved to the back on those last two laps).
|In the middle, right where I wanted to be|
The next race was the women's race, and this was a super fun race tonight. Everyone was riding and racing well, and having someone off the front (Leah) just seems to make everything so different. Kiki and I were the only two from Team Belladium, and we did our best to stay with the other big players tonight (Katie, Jess, Kathy, and Marsha, among others).
|Morganne, me, Kathy, Marsha, Katie, and Kiki|
Leah went for a prime and stayed away, and although we chased for a while we weren't really committed to catching her. I tried to bridge up once but Katie was with me on my wheel, and I didn't want to pull her up to her teammate. So I sat up and stayed with the group the rest of the time. With one lap to go Katie and I attacked at the same time and created a little gap between us and field, so we got to sprint it out. She was in the front most of that last lap; there were at least 2 times where I knew I could pass her, but I decided I wanted to wait it out until the final straight (maybe 200m?) and sprint it out that way.
|Jess, Morganne, me, Katie, Marsha, Kiki, and Stephanie|
She was ahead of me around the last corner and I couldn't catch her, but it was fun to try! She finished less than a bike length ahead of me, so I did make up some ground on her in that last stretch. Leah stayed away the whole time, so I finished 3rd of 14 and surprisingly not as exhausted as I'd expected. However, now that I am home and getting ready for bed I realize just how tired my legs and mind are!
Crit Stats (since I started racing the men's races first)7-21-12 Crit 1M stats: 16.85 miles, 38:41, 26.1 mph, 183 bpm (Sat)
7-21-12 Crit 2W stats: 14.24 miles, 37:58, 22.5 mph, 178 bpm (Sat)
7-25-12 Crit 1M stats: 7.94 miles, 20:11, 23.2 mph, 181 bpm (Wed)
7-25-12 Crit 2W stats: 10.72 miles, 28:09, 22.9 mph, 187 bpm (Wed)
7-28-12 Crit 1M stats: 16.18 miles, 39:11, 24.8 mph, 180 bpm (Sat)
7-28-12 Crit 2W stats: 14.21 miles, 39:16, 21.6 mph, 174 bpm (Sat)
8-08-12 Crit 1M stats: 10.34 miles, 24:22, 25.5 mph, 183 bpm (Wed)
8-08-12 Crit 2W stats: 9.73 miles, 24:29, 23.8 mph, 184 bpm (Wed)
8-15-12 Crit 1M stats: 10.42 miles, 24:37, 25.4 mph, 185 bpm (Wed)
8-15-12 Crit 2W stats: 9.70 miles, 25:07, 23.2 mph, 187 bpm
Women's Crit Stats8-15-12 Stats: 25:07, 9.70 miles, 23.2 mph, 187 bpm, 3rd of 14
8-08-12 Stats: 24:29, 9.73 miles, 23.8 mph, 184 bpm, 3rd of 22
7-28-12 Stats: 39:16, 14.21 miles, 21.6 mph, 174 bpm, 8th of 11
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