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racer wannabe(9 posts)

racer wannabeSocalNewbie
Feb 3, 2002 10:15 PM
I live in Southern California and I'm interested in entering a few races. I've been riding for about four years and I need a new challenge. I'm interested in road races as criteriums seem too risky. How do I get started?
re: racer wannabemixinbeatz
Feb 4, 2002 11:06 AM
Join a club.....and ride hard.... but don't kill yourself....
you will get dropped like a rock....
then you will get discouraged....
then you will ride more....
and then you will get dropped....
you will ride more....
and you will get dropped less....
next thing you know you will be able to hang with the 4-5's and you will wear fancy team jerseys and you will have a lot of fun as you learn the ways of being a bike racer geek.

Don't get discouraged, recreational to racer is a big leap in fitness..
Take a shortcut in learningTig
Feb 4, 2002 12:08 PM
Join and ride with a club to learn about what it will take to survive a race physically and to learn pack riding skills. A good team will have a few rides each week in the spring that are for specific workouts like sprints or intervals. A team to be concerned about would be one that is a hammer-fest each ride. Riding all out like a race each time doesn't make for an optimum training plan!

Get a book on training. Some like "The Cyclist's Training Bible: A Complete Training Guide for the Competitive Road Cyclist" by Joe Friel.
I like "High-Intensity Training for Cyclists" by Arnie Baker, M.D.
Another victim (nm)Bruno
Feb 5, 2002 8:23 AM
re: racer wannabejiggles
Feb 10, 2002 5:22 PM
keep training by yourself and don't race cause your to much of a pussy to race cause you might get hurted.
Hay, don't be meen!Juggles
Feb 11, 2002 3:36 PM
That is a very unsupportive thing to say. You really should appolligoze and shake handds.
What would a psychologist say about a post like this?allervite
Feb 12, 2002 9:01 AM
He would say that you are so insecure about your own abilitities that you must put others down to prop up your own faltering confidence.

Your mom would say, "If you don't have anything constructive to say, keep your comments to yourself."

You should listen to her.
Hard to take someone seriously....Patchito
Feb 12, 2002 4:56 PM
when they use run-on sentences and use gems such as "hurted"
Don't dismiss crits to quicklyPatchito
Feb 12, 2002 4:54 PM
I'm actually a mountain bike racer by preference, but was talked into doing the Tuesday night criterium series at Eldorado Park in Long Beach. I've always been a bit skittish in groups or hanging off someone's wheel, but I got through the series ok, and actually had fun in the process. I'm still a bit in the dark regarding racing strategy - I like going off the front until I blow up - but it's good training.