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Preperations for a New Cat 5 racer(8 posts)

Preperations for a New Cat 5 racerflyinbowlofmilk
Mar 5, 2002 2:49 PM
This year I am going to be a Cat 5 road racer. I need to know how my preperations should be going as I approach my 1st race in April. And what should be my mentality going into the racing season? How should I keep from being discouraged after my 1st race? What type of training should I do this month?
re: Preperations for a New Cat 5 racerishmael
Mar 6, 2002 6:33 AM
are you riding with others...i think that is good enough, they push you to go faster and you also learn to ride in a group...find a faster group to ride with, that'll get you ready, its like a race every ride..there is bound to be a fast group around where you live
As a new racer, everything is a learning oportunitybrider
Mar 6, 2002 6:41 AM
As for physical preparation, assuming you have the base mileage for enduring the race distances, the biggest things you can do is to (1) work on pace changes (i.e. not blowing up when the pace quickens), and (2) honing pack skills (knowing how to keep yourself out of trouble, the "safe" positions around other riders, how to take a rub). As for other skills that you'll develop -- (a) knowledge of tactics, (b) not panicking when another rider takes a flyer, (c) patience, (d) learning what your particular strengths are. Take a long term outlook. Not every race is going to be your day. Use everything as a learning experience. Don't even think of using your race results as a measure of your potential in cycling for AT LEAST three years. I don't know how old you are, so some of these things may be off a little depending on that. If you haven't joined a team yet, I HIGHLY suggest doing so. It will shorten your climb up the learning curve dramatically.
As a new racer, everything is a learning oportunityflyinbowlofmilk
Mar 8, 2002 8:14 PM
I am 31yrs old going on 32yrs old. I have been getting base mileage since November '01 till now. I am Afro-American/Native. I have rode over 500+ miles(base Mileage).
As a new racer, everything is a learning oportunityweiwentg
Mar 9, 2002 1:19 PM
well said. one thing I have learned is that inexperienced people crash quite often :-\
I'm Chinese, and it feels a bit wierd at the collegiate races ... everyone else is White Anglo Saxon. at least there were three Black guys on the Saturn team at one of the crits. and one of my teammates is from Venezuela.
re: Preperations for a New Cat 5 racershop at the gap
Mar 7, 2002 11:03 PM
go to the front and don't let anyone pass you!
re: Preperations for a New Cat 5 racerishmael
Mar 8, 2002 8:58 AM
yes...very sound advice..take off the front and dont ever come back..thats what i did the first race i did, it lasted about 1 minute and then i was sucked off the back, the learning experience is very valuable, everyone should do it..or else if they dont get you then you'll win big time in which case you dont need to know anything..
Expect to be shedKerry
Mar 10, 2002 4:34 PM
Sorry about that, but if you never get dropped from the pack you'll be doing better than most. Don't take it personally, and don't take it as a sign that you can't cut it. If it continues to happen regularly, then you need to work on your intervals, since you need to be able to adapt to the changing pace. In the next four weeks, intervals would be the key thing that you take you up a step. For one interval workout, go as hard as you can for 60 seconds, recover for 60, repeat 5 times. Another is to go hard for 3 minutes, and recover for 3 minutes, also repeat five times. Do these after you're fully warmed up (at least 20 minutes), do a 20 minute cool down after, do no more than two sessions a week with at least a day in between, and do recovery rides in between (easy spinning for at least 30 minutes). You can't change a lot in the next 4 weeks, but this will get you used to the constantly changing pace of racing.