Sunday, February 10, 2008

Heart of Alsatian Criterium

I decided to do a race on Saturday to judge my fitness level and to get some crit practice. The race was at a park just west of San Antonio and drew racers from San Antonio, Austin, and a few from Houston.

I ended up in the back row on the start line because the group lined up as I was completing my warm-up lap. I missed my pedal not once, but twice at the whistle. Totally rookie. I seem to be missing pedals a lot lately and need to figure out what the hell is going on. As far as a race report goes, there isn't much to tell. The race was very uneventful. I found too much traffic in front of me to move up the last two laps. I should have moved up earlier. The biggest problem with the course was that it was only 15 feet or so wide. In other words extremely narrow. There were people in the cinders and grass all day. On the last lap in my efforts to advance I was in the grass at least 3 times and finally just gave up.

I am very happy with my fitness for this time of year. Fatigue was never once an issue in the race. However, the pace was not blazing by any stretch. I actually feel that the race was too slow and that a lot of the people between me and the first place person would have been shed by a faster pace. I know I could have pushed the pace, but that was not the plan for today. The plan was to monitor fitness and get some practice and both of those were accomplished.

I finished 20th out of 38 or so. I went to the Alsatian Crit alone, so I was unable to get any pictures. My next race is the road race in two weeks at Pace Bend.


Blogger Jeff said...

I haven't ridden single track in weeks. I'll probably be in the same boat when the trails are ready again. I'll have the fitness, but I'll be flying off the trail!

2/10/08, 7:36 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

i wish we had some grass or cinders showing. i know they're there. somewhere under mounds of snow and ice. gonna hit 10 above today! woohoo! and the wind has stopped. 3-6 inches in the forecast for this afternoon and tonight. oh joy!

2/11/08, 4:41 AM  
Blogger Pete Basso said...

Man I can't even imagine racing a crit right now, not only are our roads covered in ice and snow, (as mentioned by Blue), but my top end intensity is somewhere sitting in last October. I'll have to fetch it come early April.

Good luck in the next race

2/11/08, 4:47 AM  
Blogger Donald said...

Good for you for getting out there... I think that helps boost the training too. Good Luck on your next race.

2/11/08, 5:33 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...

Way to get out there.

It's hard to imagine you out there crit-ing when we're in a major deep freeze again here in MN.

I'm jealous - of the riding outdoors, not of the crit-ing - which is crazy. ;-D

2/11/08, 2:09 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Jeff - keep the rubber side down when you do get out.

Blue - is that place inhabitable?

Pete - This was actually the 3rd race of the year, so I feel like I am getting a late start.

Donald - thanks. When are you racing?

Eclectchick - did I mention that I was sweating like crazy out there? HA!

2/11/08, 2:28 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

Relax, you can only get better in this sport..

2/11/08, 5:29 PM  
Blogger jahowie said...

Nice job getting out there. Good luck on the next race.

2/12/08, 10:12 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Seems strange to be out there this early. Of course, those who are jealous probably would not like that, at least here in NoCal, the road racing season goes from early Feb through mid Sep. Lots of time to get thrashed, beaten, and spit out.

I''ll be going hard for a couple months, hoping to get some upgrade action going, then I'll settle in to an endurance racing schedule to survive this craziness. Hope to see you, and maybe race with you, at Foster City ;-)

2/12/08, 10:38 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Rick - I have it on my calendar and plan on being there.

2/12/08, 3:13 PM  
Anonymous lauren said...

hey cool! you're coming out to california.

i'll come watch for sure then.

and good job on the first crit of the season!

2/12/08, 9:41 PM  
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2/13/08, 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

Bejebus, racing in February? Sounds like you had a good time and stuck to the plan. And your kidlins are mighty cute!

2/13/08, 6:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks Nick. If I bring another bike home anytime soon, my wife will surely leave me. However, I will keep tabs on your progress and may be interested at some point in the future.

Lauren - great! I want to meet lots of bloggers when in NorCal.

Fendergal - when is your first race? You could always road trip to Tejas to get some good early season races in. :)

2/13/08, 8:58 AM  
Anonymous fendergal said...

I wish I could get away, but I have too much work. But it would be lovely to see Texas. Never been there. I am planning on doing the Grant's Tomb crit on March 15. Argh, the ides of March!

2/13/08, 6:39 PM  
Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

I always figure that if you come out of the first race unscathed & feeling good about where you are it's a success no matter where you placed.

Nice work.

2/18/08, 8:34 PM  

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