Sunday, 4 November 2012


SKCC Crits:
I felt somewhat less than ordinary when my alarm went off. I knew the process to feel better after an evening of excess, a coffee and some effort on the bike, so I whacked in my race wheels and rolled across town to see Mike at the SKCC Crits.

A flat white imbibed, I jumped onto the tail end of e-grade, had a quick chat to some others doing the same. The 7 or so minutes wasn't enough effort, so I grabbed a marshals gillet and lined up with the d-graders. They did a pretty decent job, 40km/h average and the couple of times I scooted up the side to create a buffer between them and a-grade was pretty much spot on what I needed to finally feel human again.

The team plan for the day suited my mood, I only had to be in the bunch until the end, where if things were together, I'd get to string it out for 1-3 laps. When Dean went in a break, I smiled and sat back. When DK went off the front with a few others, I smiled and sat back. When Skinny and Ray went off the front of the massively depleted bunch, I paused and then kicked over to them. I should highlight that despite the laid back attitude that statement may infer, it hurt. I sucked air on Rays wheel until he pulled off after his turn, leaving me on the front. I tried to hold the pace steady round into the headwind down the back, my legs and lungs screaming at me. Then when I pulled off to put Skinny in the wind I decided to call it quits. I didnt think I would be able to get back on the wheel and doubted that we'd get across to the one or two breaks up the road and frankly, my heart wasn't in it.

I'm disappointed in that attitude. That was not the race, it was a training opportunity that went asking.

Strava link.

D:  86.2km
A: 152m

PMPW: 91kg

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