Just wanted to toss out a request for a future race analysis video:
Can you show some ways to have fun racing crits when you don’t have the fitness to hang with the group the whole race?
I’m trying to work back into racing shape on a low volume plan (job/family), live in a town where everyone is super-outdoorsy and fit, and our weekly crit series features relatively small fields (about 20 in the 4/5 race) and just enough elevation gain on each lap that I can’t just sit in and get towed around for 40 minutes.
Riding around in circles by myself until I get pulled is not fun, so what can I do to actually race bikes and enjoy riding outside with real people?
I’m toying with the idea of doing a cyclocross start (all out for 30 seconds, then threshold for the next few minutes) or maybe looking to launch an early attack in the first few laps and then hoping it lines up with a prime lap.
Other than that, I’m low on ideas. My TR plan has conditioned me to be able to go over/under repeatedly in the 170-250 watt range (with FTP around 3 w/kg), but a couple laps with hard surges (multiple efforts around 500-800 watts) empties out the legs pretty quickly.