Fraggle wrote:Now the Southern Masters have somewhere to brag too!!!
Congrats to Blaze & J9 for their results on Sunday 22/5/2011. Well done guys.
Alas no pics,......................yet.
cleatus wrote:Great photos of you all. Very cool one of you Fraggle. Think I also spied vicjane's husband it there.
Fraggle wrote:OK so the hills weren't THAT bad.
Raced E grade and I am sick of being their domestique. Started well, with a mysterious "Man in Black" leading us out and pulling away. The group left him there until we passed through Nyora where we all grouped up together for the Poowong climb. Where "Man in Black" suffered a mechanical and hence we slowed to allow him to rejoin he never did. (If you are reading this I could've done with your help for the rest of the race)
And so the 7 or 8 of us E graders pedalled on picking up the "shelled" D graders. Some of whom were quite taken aback when the were passed by us! Having climbed the last hill and watching A graders scream down from Drouin South I too thought the finish line was near but no it was still some 10kms to go. Damn!!! My plans were shot. I had to think of a new one quickly. After being out front again, sitting in the group seemed fair. But the allure of trying to breakaway was all too tempting and perhaps against my better judgement I took off. Did OK too until I realised that I didn't achieve the desired result. And so plan B!!
It was quite nice just sitting at the back of the group watching the eventual winner do some time up front, finally!!!!(I won't talk about him) and so with about 4 or so kilometres to go the group had rolled through and put me up front, again. Where I stayed only to done over in the sprint where I finished 5th.
Not happy about the result for myself and am getting a little tired of trying to form a breakaway with a couple of others (i.e. to guarantee a placing for each of us) only to have it fall part not long after. Having a 3 week lay-off from racing. So hope to see you all on the 17th
I like reading RRs, you could have been down the shops or doing gardening instead!
Keep trying - but remember it is a race, not a social ride. They don't give you prizes for doing the most useless work. Next time, try to go in with a very specific plan of how you're going to win... early break, late break, sprint finish, initiate the break, respond, counter? If you're up against people of roughly equal ability, then you can't cover all bases but whatever you decide, make sure you do it with purpose. On the front pushing hard - why? Is there a crosswind or a hill that will split the bunch? Sitting in with the solo rider up the road - why? Are we going fast enough to catch him no problems?
Sometimes, you have to go to plan B, but if you can stick with plan A, then you can feel good about the way the race went even if you don't win or place. Some of my favourite races have been ones where I stuck at my strategy but either didn't have the legs or the luck to win... complaining about the other people "not working" or whatever, unfortunately won't help you get better. Seriously, it opens up a world of possibilities when you plan it out and execute, win or lose.
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