I know i shouldnt make a stink about it but i am because its been on my mind all day.
The heats came out this morning for RHC. I made the second to last heat. Got a very epic race number. #100! So that means i have to give 100%! haha i mean i was anyways! duh.
But the teams i will be racing against are i think the only issue on my mind. I was a little stressed out. “These last couple months of training will they be for nothing?”
Thats what one of the questions that was going around in my noodle. But why think like that? Andy was telling me that i shouldnt worry about something that i know i will do well at. I think i just wasnt breathing completely all day or something. Not enough air getting to my brain.
WELL! Im excited and nervous. Im going to give the qualifier such a great amount of focus. I will qualify and have a good enough time to get called up.. I hope it works out that way. Im sure there is small print of how the whole thing will get started but im going to fall asleep after this and i want someone else to tell me about it instead of being active and knowing the rules! ha!
Anyways. Thanks for reading once again. And also for the continual support! It really does mean a lot.
Slowly piecing things together that are on my list for this RHC season. Tickets bought, already reg’d. Just need to dial in the bike, waiting on stuff from eBay.
Gotta keep bugging freight about the bike bag. But that’s always the case with them.
Hoping for a top 10 finish. HELL! I hope I fucking qualify! But I think the Port of Oakland rides and the P/1/2 races I’ve been getting my butt kicked at have been helping. Rest is so crucial at this point. I totally felt it at the beginning of the week.
One month left. Need to stay focused and keep at it. A good result will give me a better scope on how the rest of the year will pan out. And also how much I can save up for plane tickets! Ugh. Wish I was lucky enough to have that kind of support. But that’s how’s it’s always been for me.
If there’s one thing you wanna know about me is that I don’t ask for stuff. I really embarrassed. I feel like I’m spitting in someone’s face when I ask for help. I don’t know why but that’s always how I’ve felt. When someone’s offered to help of course Ill accept! And ask what else I can do to help them out for helping me! Sorry this is turning into something else I probably shouldn’t be writing about.
I’m feeling good and plan on crushing in Brooklyn. And I’ll have a fucking smile on my mug the whole time too! :D
SO! I woke up this morning feeling in a neutral mood. Not thinking about today’s race. At all! I’m usually trying to focus on who’s gonna be there, what and when I need to eat. And about a hundred other things.
Miss Erica Ashley (MetroMint hopefully) and Marc Marino (SquadraSF) had their races before mine. Marc’s was first with a descent size field for the 3s. Marc had won the same race last season as a 4. I told him to just repeat! I walked the course and tried help marc with positioning in the pack. But our boy was a natural and killed it. Final lap he sat second wheel and open the
Gates of hell to the sprint after the last corner. Came in third. On a side note Marc had three one dollar bills in his skinsuit pocket pre race! Very epic that the gods worked that out.
Erica’s race was next. She had 16 ladies including herself in the women’s 4 field. She started off pacing herself and just seeing what the other ladies were going to do. But not even five laps in and there was a break. A very slow paced break that the peloton could’ve caught SOO easily. Erica noticed this and jumped to the front. Instantaneously the other women in the field threw their hands up and didn’t give a fuck about chasing the weak ass break. And slowly the break got away. That’s all she wrote.
I yelled at one point to Erica/the group. “Go get them! Work together!”
And this was THEE best part of the whole day. Erica yelled back “NO ONE WANTS TO WORK!” I laughed so hard and yelled back. “Kill umm gurl!” Haha i wish I would’ve recorded this moment. There were two other attempts during the race that our girl started. The first didn’t last because of the “active support” from the other ladies. The second move stuck and Erica had pulled another lady with her out of the group. But of course the girl didn’t want to work. So Erica had to pull this lady the last couple laps. And the stowaway out sprinted Erica. Lame. Erica placed 5th. Still a really great way to start off her season. She placed 2nd at Cherry Pie a couple weeks ago also!
The main event. I’ll keep this short n’ sweet. It was a 35 racer field for the P/1/2s. Mikes Bikes, Marcpro-strava, and Cliff Bar came out with some strong riders and also numbers. Eric Davis and myself were the only dudes from SquadraSF. Better than none in my opinion!
I had been hanging out in the back at the start. Took a dumb attack with a Cliffbar dude for a quarter of a lap. Got caught. Hung out in the back trying to regain some strength. About a quarter way through the race I latched onto a MarcPro riders wheel that was quickly making his way from the back to the front. So there i saw myself in a five/six man break that I thought woulda stuck (Mikes,Marcpro +2, and Cliff had one dude) But it was caught and the rest of the time I hung out in the middle and rear of the group. Final sprint I felt like I still had some gas in my tank but couldn’t get a good position. I passed maybe ten dudes for a mid field finish. Just gonna write it but any P/1/2 race I successfully finish is so fucking awesome in my book. And also a gold star for being in that break with those fast dudes!
I’m getting there slowly. It’ll be a long season and a really awesome year for bike racing for your boy. Thank you again for the peeps that have been following me thus far. I hope some of this novice material is entertaining for you as it is for me!
Thanks again for all the support!
AND! Pics will be up in a couple days.
Ive successfully completed one race so far as a category two road racer.
Ha! yeah so last week at the Cherry Pie Crit my rear tire decided to go flat on my warm up ride. I used a teammates rear training wheel. It seemed fine when rolling up to the start/finish but once i started racing gears wanted to shift in every which way. I lasted four laps and just got kicked off the back. ugh #1
I participated in two Coppertown CIrcuit races. The Elite 2s and the P/1/2/3s.
The Twos race went good! i finished 17th. But the main goal was to finish! I did some work to catch two breaks and thats it. Also the finish was a cluster fuck with the field weaving back and forth towards last kilo. I never had a good straight shot to head to the front. Felt like a cat.4 finish. ANYWAYS! the main thing was that i finished and i was proud of myself.
P/1/2/3. Started out alright. I was moving around in the pack and felt alright. Lasted about half way through the race. But with just my luck my front tire didnt ejoy some of the air that it was holding so slowly it pushed some of it out! I didnt realize this until i noticed i wasnt/couldnt go as fast as i wanted to! I began falling further and further back in the pack and then i was no longer any kind of competition for anyone.
But i had no control over the slow leak so.. Theres always next week.
Im sorry i havent kept yall up to date on what ive been doing. Im working a good amount. Trying to get my new gig at Bicycle Coffee on lock. My schedule will be a bit more open once my 60 day intern title is up. But i will try to throw some pictures up from this weekend and also strava that ish.
But as usual thank you all for your support and im gonna try to get better at this “pro level” racing. The season is still pretty new.