Yes, yet another battenkill report. I'll make it short.
I cheated. I rode like shit, I have to say I _did_ embarrass myself (contrary to my previous post) and I'm doubting my future in racing bicycles.
I felt good up through the first little series of climbs on the paved road, but when we hit the dirt leading to juniper, the pace remained high, and I wasn't able to recover from the climbs. I got shelled on juniper. I ended up in a small chase group of about 10. Thankfully, the field had relaxed, and we were able to get back on. Still, I felt horrible during the chase. I took long breaks at the back of the pace line. If I were another rider I would have been mad at me.
Up joe bean road, I felt good for the first half since I had the chance to recover, but then, rather spectacularly, my legs just shut down. I had nothing. It was disappointing how quickly I popped, going from feeling good and staying with the main group to a sudden pppffffftttttttt.
At the end of joe bean it takes a left onto dirt. It's long and straight and downhill. I could see the group,well over a minute ahead. This is where I cheated. The cat 4s came by, and I latched onto the back of them. I wasn't the only one, there were a good dozen or so of us at the back of their field. But, just because everyone else is doing it....well, you know.
So riders in my field that legitimately pushed themselves to stay in the group were beginning to hurt, and now I was dropping _them_. People like Solo, who really should have finished minutes ahead of me if I would have let the 4s ride through, ended up behind me.
I deserve all the negacoaching I get this year.
At the last dirt section, I at least felt like I was riding well. I was passing a lot of people. At the end of the last dirt section someone yelled out '4 miles'. I wasn't going to hit it hard since I wasn't really riding well enough and 40th place wasn't anything to race for, but a few minutes later a group of 6 40+ came by. They were working a pace line. I tried to take a pull......oh no...as soon as I got into the wind at _their_ speed I had nothing. So once again, I sat at the back.
Once I saw the intersection for the right turn before the finish, I went to the front and pulled all the way to the end. I didn't sprint, and three guys came around me. I was hoping to pay a little debt to not only those guys - whose wheels I sucked for the last 3 miles - but in hopes that they were some of the ones who did the right thing. I hope they realize I wasn't sprinting, and my goal was to make our little finishing group look good, not to take advantage of sitting at the back of their group.
The results aren't up yet. That's aggravating. For a $60 entry fee I would have hoped they would have been a little better at getting results up. I don't want to hear any shit about 'well, they had 1500 riders, this takes time'. I've been doing this a long time. It shouldn't take two days with a timing service, high speed camera equipment and computers to post results. As of right now, only half the fields are listed, and mine isn't one of them. If this was some podunk little race with one drunk official I wouldn't mind, but this has become a major event on the calendar.
Well, I'm not going to lose any sleep over my shitty results not getting posted. I'm not sure I _want_ to know.