Today was pursuit night at the Dick Lane Velodrome. I signed up for the 1K and 3K TTs. Felt really shitty for the 1K, I’ve been taking this Z-Core PM and I think the melatonin is just hitting me super hard. Felt ok during the actual effort but had to pretty much stop coming out of tun 2, which is right before the finish due to the holder accidentally setting up the next rider on the track early. Oops.
But I didn’t hit anyone and it was my first attempt so I’m not really bummed. I did a lot better at the 3K anyway. For the 3K I just tried to hold a consistent line and finish strong. I think I did ok, time was in the middle of the field for everyone. I ran a 48/15 gear but I think I need to run something bigger. With the cogs/rings I have now the next step up would be 46/14.
Oh man, racing on the track is almost as fun as mountain bike racing.
This was my first racing day, Tuesday is for Women/Beginners (D)/Masters, the first two of which race together. I got there a little early and spent 30 minutes or so warming up in 48/16. My legs were a little dead feeling from riding earlier in the day but it seemed to go away as I got into my warm-up.
After warming up I did a few laps in 48/15 to get used to my racing gear. Paceline started at 7:00pm and the W/D riders did 20 laps and then went back to the infield while the masters finished their paceline. First race was a 7 lap scratch race. I tried to pay attention to everything and just get the hang of riding with the group. One rider took off near with +2 and had almost half a lap lead when he won. I ended up taking 4th in the bunch sprint.
Next was an unknown distance race. I stayed near the middle of the pack for the first few laps and then kind of floated off the front on accident around lap 6-7. No one reeled me in, very unlike a crit. The bell lap was lap 9 so I tried my best to hold position but ended up getting swarmed and taking 4th, again.
The final race of the night was a 25 lap scratch race with sprints on lap 10 and 20. Ended up 5th again but I did hit my fastest speed and highest RPM of the night on the final sprint.