>Today was my first road race for a long, long time. It lasted a short, short time. I was too near the back in the neutralised zone and when it all kicked off I slipped ungracefully into no man’s land. Two laps of soloing later I called it a day and headed for the tea and cakes (which were excellent).
It was a nice day, a good circuit and I warmed up well… why did I get dropped straight away? I’m not fast enough, that’s why. I did some 30 second intervals on Wednesday and struggled to maintain any power at all – the signs were there. If I want to road race (I have no other road races scheduled for a while) I need to train on the specifics – repeated hard accelerations for one. Circuit racing is a good grounding in some of the skills, but road racing is even more various in its demands.
I’m shattered. It’s been a hard week of training. I think I’ll head out for the club run tomorrow and do some cycling for fun rather than amassing training stress points.