W&M (February 22nd)
In summary lots of lessons learned this weekend, and with that I’ll say I’m happy. Frustrated, but happy from the takeaways of the race. Be patient. Sitting in is okay. Alright, moving forward.
Snowcone (March 2nd)
On the Fortuna ride Saturday (race Sunday) I talked to Saul about W&M and my frustrations with the Cat 4 race. He was kind as always and gave me plenty of pointers and tactical advice. For this race in particular he told me to try 6 moves, with the 6th move being the one that “counted” so to speak. Hopefully the moves would help tire people out and string the field along. It was odd going into a race knowing what I planned to do; usually I’m completely winging it.
With that I headed up the hill, made the 180 degree turn, and starting waiting till my final move. With about ½ mile to go a kid made a move to the right, I snagged his wheel road it out to a little gap of the field and boom, made my move. Well, I’m not sure if it was the field, Saul’s advice, or just more patience, but my move left everyone else in the dust and I was able to sit up just before the line well clear of the field for my first win of the year. Feels good to win a race like that, it’s not just fitness, you have to be smart.
I think having a plan made a huge different and I owe some serious thanks to Saul for being so kind and always lending an ear and some advice to me. I’m sure that will continue to be invaluable as I gain more racing experience and make more mistakes. It’ll be great to have someone to help me get better and race smarter.
Keep those pedals spinning,