August 1, 2005
Ok, So I was Wrong!
There is ONE single beginner's bicycle race and instead of not doing ANY bicycle races this year, I changed my mind. I'll be doing this one:
The SPBRC Criterium Challenge 2005
Sunday August 7th, 2005
1.25 miles per lap at the Dakota County Technical College
1300 145th St. E (County Rd. 42), Rosemount, MN
They have all the classes including the added races for "Beginner's Program Men" and "Beginner's Program Women" I fall into this class of racers, although I'm sure some of the people who attended the Beginner's progam are going to be racing in one of the other classes, or both.
My race starts at 10:01 AM and is the shortest of them all, along with the junior's race, lasting only 20 minutes. The other classes run 30, 35, 40, 45 and finally 60 minutes for the Men's Cat 1/2/3 who race last at 1:50 PM.
Entries close 15 minutes prior to start of each race. I better not be late, haha. Oh, I like this..."Promoter reserves the right to combine fields." I hope they don't combine the Beginner's Program Men's race with the CAT 4/5. I like the idea of racing for 20 minutes verses 35!
We'll see how it goes. This week then I have to focus on getting my bike tuned up and ready to go. I'm getting a new sprocket on back, a new chain and fixing my bottom bracket. I am nervous about this race. That should probably be expected being my first real race (not including the ice-crit races, which was more like mountain bike double track, but on a flat, slippery surface)
Why am I nervous? Because of self-doubt and lack of serious training over the last month. I had already written bike racing off for the year, but now I have a race in less than a week with no train-up for it. I've been getting kind of slack over the past month. The other reason is simply that I have never really experienced a criterium like this on my road bike. I don't know what to expect.
Posted by carl1236 at August 1, 2005 4:38 PM | Cycle Racing
I'd suggest taking it easy for a day or two leading up to the event. I always feel stronger and faster when I haven't ridden much for one or two days in advance.
Posted by: Jim at August 2, 2005 10:05 AM