Spring Series Finale Prospect Park

Apr 26th

This morning I was a little concerned about my hydration. I didn’t sleep so well last night. I made sure to drink a lot. In fact I downed a liter of water before bed. I only peed twice and it wasnt as clear as I expected. I guess I was more dehydrated than I thought. On the ride to the park my left hamstring was having light cramps. I made sure to down another bottle on the way to the start of the race as a precaution. The 1 hour ride to the race was a great warmup for my tired legs from the track yesterday.

We had a plan to make the race tough. We wanted to race aggressively and try to initiate some moves. I went up the road with two others on the first lap. It was short lived. One of the break companions was noticeably weak. The last thing that I wanted to do was kill myself in an early break with someone that expected to get dropped in 3 laps. So back to the pack I went. We had representation in every move that went up the road. The team did a great job communicating as well. This is something that we identified needing to improve. I spent a lot of energy moving around in the field to talk to the different guys on the team. While doing this I learned that it would be best that Chris be the sprinter today. I made a jump to improve my field position and my right quad completely seized up. So now I had a faulty right quad and left hamspring. On top of that, I dropped my chain twice and my gears were shifting oddly. It would be pretty selfish of me to try to claim the sprinter role.

On this course you need to be in the front third of the field with 2 laps to go. The back of the course is a fast downhill so you have to get into position by the top of the climb before the descent. I struggled badly on the climb. I was trying to get up to the front to be helpful to Chris but it wasnt going as well as I would have liked. I eventually made it to the front but never in a position to provide Chris a draft.

On the bell lap, Bill and Danny took the front with Chris in tow. It was a good formation. Bill and Danny really ramped it up nice. The only problem was that it was too early for Chris being in 3rd wheel. They kind of got lured going this early due to all of the attempts be others to jump off the front. Another team had 2 guys on Chris’ wheel. At this point I knew that I would have to sprint because Chris would end up being stuck with his nose in the wind way early. That is exactly what happened. Chris ended up being on the front with still at least 800m to go. We overtook another field 400m from the line (pretty dangerous). I heard a nasty crash behind us. I’m so thankful for Bill, Danny, and Chris’ leadout. It definitely kept us safe. Sitting 4th wheel, I was in perfect position to launch a winning sprint. The problem was that I had no power. I jumped as hard as I could and just tried to hold on to whatever place that I could get. It ended up being 7th.

Right after crossed the finish line I rolled into a little road of to the side of the race course. I tried to roll behind an ambulance that was sitting there. I didnt want anyone to see me. I never made it all the way to the ambulance because I couldnt pedal. I was in so much pain. I was wailing like a cow at the slaughterhouse. Vicious cramps in my left hamstring and both quads. This went on for like 5 minutes. Aaron saw me and rolled over. In between bursts of pain I eeked out a sentence here and there in my failed attempt to act like I was okay. He may not admit it, but I swear that he wanted to laugh. Later he said that he thought that I was gonna cry. My response was that I was crying, just no tears were coming out. After that I hung around for another hour in the hot sun with no water, and no food while waiting on guys arguing their results with promoter because the finishing camera failed…just what I needed more dehydration.

So I finished 7th, no complaints. Its been a good weekend. 1st, 3rd, and 7th…

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