So I want to critique myself after my last race in Cloudcroft. I really want to write down what I was thinking during a race, but I always forget. I really suggest to anyone that you keep a notebook of any kind of racing you do. I really regret not doing that the past three years.
The HUGE thing I regret is not practicing for the race. One week of training is not enough. This winter I was really behind on riding. I felt lke I lost a whole year of riding and I know in any situation its quicker to lose your abilities faster than you gaining an athletic ability.
It started out great. I pushed really hard, but the race had a lot of uphill. I am glad I stayed at the front of the pack, but I really think I should have backed off a little just to make sure my legs didn’t burn out. Believe it or not (if anyone knew how I rode), I was better on the downhill than the uphill. I am known for my hill climbs, but I think I was having a hard time because I pushed too hard.
This is what I looked like at the end. Hot. Zipper down on my jersey. Out of breath. Fish face (see Fitness Topics). And not happy.
But hey, I was second in my category at least.