I’m beat, so this is super short and sweet. I’ll add on tomorrow after some sleep. Rainy, windy conditions at the start, but I managed to get off much better and was hanging with the mainish group for a few laps. A breakaway pulled off and I was working with one of the splintered groups when, with about 8 laps to go, I starting feeling like crap — the group dropped me and I soon realized I was flatting. Super bummed, but I got my first real laps at full(!) speed with the main group. From here, I can see what needs to be done. Time to do it.
1. You don’t have to be the strongest. You have to be the person willing to suffer longer than the dude next to you. Eventually people pop off. Try not to be the one who pops off. The goal isn’t to win, it’s not to pop.
2. Quietly tucked into your group is much better than being the idiot out front yelling about getting the dudes in front of you (that would be me). When you blow up, the dudes you towed up won’t stop and pat you on the back.
3. When you go off the front of your group and nobody follows, they don’t think you’re gonna make it. It turns out that they are often right.
So to complete the story, last night while fixing my damn flat I managed to strip my rear skewer. Many, many thanks go to Patrick for lending me his so I could ride home.
This morning dawned as clear and cool as last night was thick and rainy. I’m looking forward to tonight’s race, though I may take it easy tonight and practice the art of wheel sucking. My legs are not feeling overjoyed at the thought of three more nights of races.