Sunday, 9 December 2012

9/12/2012

SKCC Crit:
I want to cover what I didn't do today, rather than what I did, though the latter deserves at least some mention.

I rolled in early enough see the end of the Women's racing and organise to marshal D grade, something I did in the little ring, about 2/3 of the way down the bunch. In the final laps when it was clear that the break would stay clear I kicked across to watch their lines in the sprint. It was only when I got to their wheels I realised I could have just sat up and waited for them to come around to me.

I didn't finish the A grade race. Some drizzle partway through the race resulted in a crash in front of me. The plan Skinny and I had to try and get Nicole Whitburn up in the sprint to "chick" the bunch was put aside, none of us wanted to restart with the bunch, especially given the handsome advantage the break was given.

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So, what didn't I do today? I didn't ride Arthurs Seat a couple of times with the guys seeking selection for Herald Sun Tour. I struggled to balance my desire to be that level of cyclist with the reality of how I performed at the Tour of Bright. To balance off trying in the face of adversity and cutting my losses and moving forward in something more suited. There's elements of Tuckman's 5 stages of group development, with some ideas pointing to a move from forming to storming.

Declaring myself a non option for HST felt like the right assesment of my abilities and the time available to me to change them... but still felt like admitting defeat.

Strava link.

D: 87.3km
A: 152m

PMPW: 91kg

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