I was very disappointed with my first race. The season opener, Northern Conference #1 at Granite Bay, went very poorly for me. My start was good, but that was about it. My legs had trouble for two laps, and I fell off pace hard. I finished 16th after I was able to pick it up on the last lap, but I was very disappointed with this result; I know I could be faster.
I took a look at everything in my schedule, and made some changes to my warm-up and my training for the next race.
The next race was Northern Conference #2 at Folsom Prison in Folsom, California. This time, the start went great. I got up and into the front group before the top 4 guys broke away. I then was running in the 5-9 s for lap 1 and 2, then 3 of the group broke off the front and I was working with the 9 guy to try and catch them, until he flatted out. I held 8 solo for the last lap and a half, making a little time back up onto the group of 3, but not enough to get close enough to catch them, or see them on the twisty course. I finished 8th, and I’m stoked with a top 10 finish in that field. For anyone who knows that course, I was running 23 ish min laps on the backwards loop.
I am beyond pleased that the changes I made were successful, and I am excited and confident for the rest of the season. The quick fix was a pleasant surprise, I hope to only see my speed and power increase as the season wears on.
The next NorCal is a full league race at Granite Beach in Folsom, CA. There should be a huge turnout, so if you’ve ever had interest in seeing the speed and power put out by high school racers, this would be a great one to attend (Next to State Champs in Marin). The event is very fun, look for start times on their website. My race, Varsity Boys, starts at 1:00 PM. See you there.
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Photo. Cred.: Julie Barton, Robert Lowe, Miles Lim and Cycling Development
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