Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - Race ReportsIt was 90+ and humid out in Greenville yesterday. So Nationals was one of those races where you don't worry so much about the race, but about the heat.
I got put on early break duty. What that means is, "Make the break or get bottles and chase."
Getting bottles can be hit or miss, most of the time you get the "Thanks." Other time you get the "Um... maybe... maybe at the top of the climb." Or you'll put in a lot of effort to find that teammate and then he says, "No, I'm good."
We did have a couple guys in the break, but when it started to splinter we were forced to chase. I got stuck leading up the climb the third time. Basically, I was the only one willing to set a pace. It's really easy to lose a minute on a climb that you're not going to want to chase back later.
Overall, I felt relatively good. Maybe if I'd saved it I could have been in the first main group. But we'll never know. In the end, it worked out the best for the team. We got our fast guys over the climb into that main group so they could sprint for high places. That's just what happened and Kyle was 5th and Chase was 10th. Not bad.
As of right now, I have a little rest untill Cascade. What that means is less racing and more training, and I'm looking forward to it.