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doing 1st race next wednesday. any advice?(7 posts)

doing 1st race next wednesday. any advice?aet
Sep 4, 2002 6:51 PM
it is a crit on a fairly flat course. anything i can do to prepare more between then and now?
Basically -- no. (nm)brider
Sep 5, 2002 8:47 AM
re: doing 1st race next wednesday. any advice?rollo tommassi
Sep 5, 2002 9:28 AM
To elaborate on the "basically - no" response, there isn't anything you can do to improve per se, but you can do things to make sure you're ready to go.

Get a massage
Have a mechanic check over the bike this weekend (wheels true, shifting smooth, etc)
Eat well (not a time to try to lose weight!)

You've still got a week to go, so some intervals this weekend would be good, or a hard effort that equals the same length of time your race will be.

Ride easy Monday and Tuesday.
Pack your bag the night before the race.

Good luck, and have fun!
Stay away from that guy with the whistleLC
Sep 5, 2002 9:47 AM
He will be pointing at you and yelling at you to get off the course, but pay no attention to him as he is trying to pull you off the course. Just steer around him at the last second and do another lap...he really likes that!

Just kidding, but unfortunatly you may meet that guy with the whistle.
re: doing 1st race next wednesday. any advice?letsGoOn2
Sep 5, 2002 10:55 AM
Pre race:

* I agree strongly with those who have already suggested riding hard on the weekend and taper early in the week. Don't let your legs forget what it's like to work between now and the race, but don't show up feeling sore either.

* Pack the night before and bring anything you might need. Tools, pump, tires, etc. Bring something light to snack on. You probably don't want to start a race on an empty stomach, but you shouldn't be full either.

* Take the bike for a light spin the day before to keep your legs loose, and pay attention to shifting, braking, etc while you're riding. Get everything squared away but don't attempt any major overhauls.

Race day:

* Show up with enough time to comfortably sign in and warm up prior to the race. Warmup makes a huge difference in precieved effort early in the race, and that translates into both a physiological AND psychological advantage.

* This being your very first race, I wouldn't go on the attack unless you feel VERY confident that you can get away. If an opportunity comes up then by all means go with it, but I would let more experienced riders bring the race to me.

* Be ready for things to get cozy in the corners. Try not to let yourself be intimidated or bullied. Don't worry about who's behind you in a corner. Just take a steady line and let anyone behind you worry about their own line.

* Most importantly, have fun! Don't forget that you're doing this because you enjoy it, and the other guys enjoy it too. Some people get vocal or even crabby when racing, but it's just their racing personna. Assess what people are saying because it might be valuable advice, but don't be too put off if someone is being unreasonable (telling you to work harder, etc).

After the race:

* Get some food and water in you. Endurox R4 is great, but two cups of plain old yogurt almost as good.
thx for the replies. i am a bit nervous but this helps(nm)aet
Sep 5, 2002 11:08 AM
Pray and have the look of Lance in the Nike commercial 'nm'tmotz
Sep 5, 2002 2:43 PM