Saturday, March 5, 2011 - Race ReportsIt's been another couple of days down here in Merced. And those days have been good, not just the results, but learning to suffer again.
Yesterday's time trial was a fun 12 mile out and back. It was a good trial, just not a good time. Oh snap, I can't believe I've never heard that before.
You know, time trialling is about going hard, but I like bike racing because it's about knowing when to go hard. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to man up because time trials win bike races.
Today's crit downtown featured a new course due to construction. It had a nice 180 to spice things up. For the record, I would have won the race had it been 3 laps shorter. I just wasn't able to hold on after the first 47 laps.
Anyway, since Bissell has the leader's jersey Rob, Jeremy and I rolled the front for the first half. Then we got a little help from Andy. With like 5 laps to go someone yelled, "Okay, now take shorter pulls but go faster." That lasted like 1.5 pulls and I dropped back with 2.5 laps to go.
Riding the front in a crit was a new experience for me. Actually I did it back at Fitchburg in '09, but that was a long time ago. There is definitely an art to it and I learned a lot out there today.
Tomorrow is the big road race, 120 miles, mostly flat. It's an early start and I'm setting the alarm for 6, but I'm not sure if my phone even goes that low.