I felt decent in warm ups, there were some power sections that I just felt like someone had put glue on my tires, then there was the headwind which even shot the HR up higher. Before the race I did a few practice starts on the pavement and had hoped to start on the slightly shorter inside line. I had a 2nd row call up, but I was forced to line up to the far right...not ideal. My goal, as it always is, get the best start I can and just hold on for dear life! We get the "1 minute" warning, the "30 second" warning then within what felt like 5 seconds the whistle blew and caught a lot of guys off guard, including the guy to my left who reacted by losing his balance and falling to his right, right into me. I got free of him and started dropping gears and sprinting. A hole opened up on the outside and I took it, which allowed me to sweep the outside of the sweeping left hand turn and make a HUGE amount of ground up. I came out of the prologue in 9th. Whew, alright I thought, now to hang on!
|Finishing up the prologue off the start I made a hard effort to pass Trevor and hold the gap to the group in front.|
|I made the conservative choice to run the mud each lap. I think it was about the same speed but much safer. Plus, I like to run!|
I've moved up to 16th in the MAC points which I'm happy with considering I've only raced 4 out of 5 races. I will be out of town for the next two races though, that's not going to help me!
I've been trying to keep my running down. I did end up with 35 miles of running last week though. I'm hoping to keep my running base to make the transition to Boston training much easier. I can tell that cutting out running and doing some riding efforts has increased my power output on the bike.