Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wow.

My 1st Masters crit. At the Rodale fitness park. Every one is absolutely right; these guys are FAST. I got kicked out the back about 2 laps in and at that pace I could never catch back up. Got pulled after 5 ish laps. DFL.
Note to self. Try as hard as you possibly can to stay in the pack.
On a positive note, the tubies ride and spin great.

4 comments:

cxstraggler said...

Hey way to hang in there despite the trickle out the back. good job, look at it this way, can only go up from there! :) Glad your bike and all components worked well. Chaulk one up for experience!

JosephinesMountain said...

The men's Master's are a beeytzch.

Iirc, they almost always go full tilt out of the gait, then settle down.

It's really quite a shock to your body if you haven't done it before. Next one will be a whole 'nuther ballgame. Really.

NVdK said...

Thanks for the kind words. I improved a bit in the next crit. I did the Cargas crit in Lancaster. It isn't exactly suited to me (significant climb takes up about a 3rd of the course). Still got pulled but hung on for 1/2 the race. Breaking into racing after your 45th b-day is not so easy, esp road racing. Ugghhh. (I've been at this for 3 yrs-this is my 3rd)

Anonymous said...

Criterium racing isn't for everyone.

Most of the Masters you will race with have been doing this for a while and are smart and fast.

Good on ya' for trying though. Try not to hurt yourself...or anyone else.