Tomorrow I go to my orthopedic doctor to find out how everything is healing up. I still feel pain, numbness and some discomfort. Nothing that I can't handle. I know that I am getting better but I sometimes get a little impatient to be 100% again. I have lost a lot of strength but am slowly getting that back by spending some time in the gym. I should probably spend more time working on that but have been doing other things. Now that I have written that down I believe I can do something about it. I just have to focus and not get sidetracked to much.
Last Saturday I entered and participated in my first Criterium Road Race. I raced in the Cat 4/5 45+ Cal Aggie Landpark Crit. I talked myself into it and Deborah came down to support me in my efforts. I got in a good warm up on my own, not knowing Dustin was coordinating the warm up for the team. I wandered over to the tent and Dustin immediately set up a trainer and got me going. It made me feel a part of the team. He gave us quite the warm up and I was ready to race when he let me loose. I had time for a quick lap and ended up at the start. I had 3 other team mates in the race but they were more experienced with racing and familiar with each other so I was more or less on my own. I really had no idea what was going to happen or what strategy I needed. My only goal was to stay upright, not re-break my collarbone, ride as hard and as smart as I could and not have anyone yell at me for doing something stupid. I accomplished all of my goals. I did not finish the race. As I look back I realize I had poor position in the chicane and would up blowing a lot of energy sprinting to catch up to the pack after getting slowed and compressed in the turns. I made it halfway through, got spit out the back and gapped pretty good. I decided to pull out instead of riding around by myself and getting lapped by the pack. All in all I felt I did okay, rode smart and had fun. When the race started I got an amazing feeling of calm and concentration wash over me. All my senses were on hyper-drive and I knew where everyone was and what they were doing all around me. I had one moment where someone cut in on me entering the hard left turn at the beginning of the S turn. I had to bump my brake a little but I did not overreact and was able to avoid a crash. I felt really good about that. I want to race again but the next race is Cherry Pie and it is hard for a beginner. It has a big downhill with a hard right turn at the bottom. It has a long uphill culminating in a very tight 180 degree turn. Leon told me I should sit this one out because my shoulder is not 100% yet. I will take that into consideration as I think about it.
- Just a guy on lifes journey
- Vacaville, California
- I started this to chronicle our first tandem bike tour. Not sure where it will go from here. I do know that where I go I hope Deborah goes. "Life is not just a destination but a journey. While the expedition can be long and arduous, it can be full of beauty and pleasure as well"