Zwift Race – Criterium Training Race (BRT) (B)
Today’s race was Nathan, Fritz, and Eric all racing B (N. Loop, F. Hartman, and E. Halverson)
So adding to my theory that no Zwift race ever starts the same, this was different: It was a mass start with A’s and most of the B’s were trying to keep up with that A group in the surprisingly long lead-up to the actual starting line. They were pushing well over my threshold hold though and I knew it was only a matter of time till I cracked off the A’s so I just sat up early and went back betting that I could save some energy and catch more B’s as they fell off the A group. Turns out my bet worked! I fell back and traded pulls with a single rider for awhile and then saw Fritz fall back too. I was glad when he pointed out we could sit up and fall in with the C’s who weren’t far behind, I didn’t see them coming up. Saved watts! Then later Fritz, who is a master of not working if he doesn’t have to, starts pulling hard at the front. I say something to the effect of “Fritz is really working, he sees something ahead he wants to catch” and sure enough soon after I realized there was a pack of B’s that had cracked off the front including Eric. Nice job reeling them back Fritz! After the race I asked Eric how long he stayed with the A group and he said “not long.” Once Fritz’s pull merged the groups that was our group for the rest of the race.
Here’s my typical roadie response of some excuses: My room was hotter than I like and I did an outdoor ride last night so I was suffering this race. I was really hoping we wouldn’t go early because I knew I didn’t have much in the tank for a long effort but that’s exactly what happened. I didn’t get a chance to really “sprint” because the pack just added on more and more watts over the last 2k and by the time I saw the line I was already at 700 watts and struggling to stay on so didn’t have much kick left in me. Oh well! Pack finish. Eric had a strong performance and did a ton of work on the front of our group and still placed well, Fritz immediately behind, me a few places back, but all within a second of each other.