Thank you so much Nate. It seems you are continually adding more value every month!
On a personal note I really have to thank you. Without you documenting your racing journey I would not be racing. Did my first club crit last night. There was a big crash last year in this race where 6 guys went down. Only 4 guys showed up for the slow group last night and 9 from the fast group. One of them is a cat 3 or expert cyclecross rider who dropped down from the fast group to ride with us. I did a 70km road ride with him last year and he blew me up in the first 5 km.
Last night I was able to hang on the whole race. A few times he tried to sprint away on his own and I was able to raise my power up while seated to stay with him. I averaged 38.7 km an hour for 30 minutes plus 3 laps. In the end I forgot all tactics and chased a break on the last lap and passed him only to be beat by the expert by a half bike length.
At 50 ,40 lbs overweight and still recovering a bit from hernia surgery I’m more than pleased. If I can lose the weight who knows.
They told me last night that I might not embarrass myself if I join some real cat 5 races. Still nervous about it especially in a large group of riders but I think I’m going to try it in 2 weeks.
Any ways without your experiences I would not have even tried! You have certainly made a difference for me on my journey! Thanks much.
This weekend ghost of the gravel. 120 km gravel race up here in Alberta.
Y’all should come up for it!