12/11/2018 Watopia Flat Reverse 1st
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What a difference a day of rest makes! How did I win? (luck mainly) But I felt good the entire race. Here are the reasons I think why…
- After the Hound disaster, I did another hour and a half on the turbo at just below threshold. It had been awhile since I had really worked the long fibers. I sense that I always seem to do well a could of days after a long slow ride.
- During the day, I remembered to drink a lot, and I ate at least something for lunch as well. Pretty darn simple.
- I had two cups of coffee ( one in the afternoon).
- There were only 3 A riders. A riders tend to try to break up the race constantly. As a B, you have to stay with these attacks for at least the first 1/8th of the race if you want to get with other fast B’s as they drop out. In this race, we just sort of collectively let the A’s go.
- The group was really tight and smart. There were very few stupid attacks. Don’t get me wrong, we went hard up the hills, but we kept the surges to a minimum.
- My “shoulder to shoulder” drafting felt right on. Sometimes I have it and sometimes I don’t.
- I got an Aero power-up.
- The end to this race is slightly uphill and longer than people think, which suits me. The final group was bigger than I prefer (10-15), but I was just happy to be with them.
- The sprint started to really ramp up with about a quarter mile to go. And then the group of 5 in front of me just paused ever so slightly with about 1000 feet to go. I went. It worked, but barely. I think I won by .02 and .09 seconds!