Monday Race Clinic! Come get fast!

Well today was crit champs, ascariasis but the race didn’t happen until after some other good training and racing happened.  First off, medic there was the Tuesday night crit here in Eugene, then the Team Oregon Mid Summer Crit series crit up in Hillsboro.  And  there was also the crash aftermath from twilight-a large bump at the base of my skull, just below where the helmet covers.  This showed up the day after the crash, and the night of the crash a head ache showed up that lasted about 3 days.  I’m pretty sure I had a small concussion and hit my head below where my helmet covers.  That said, make sure you get a helmet that covers as much of your head as possible, even the back.

The tuesday night crit was fun and a good workout.  The Wednesday night cirt was also fun and a good workout.  The only problem was that I tried out this new bandage that is similar to tegaderm. This one is mildy soft, and apparently melts when mixed with sweat, or any moisture, hence thats how it works well to aid in recovering road rash.  You just take the gel bandage and put the whole plasticy thing over the road rash and let it do its job.  Theres no gauze or any of that stuff, and no need to change it, like tegaderm, as you put it on and it helps keep your regrowing skin clean and uninterrupted from foreign objects interfering with the new skin, such as gauze sticking to the new skin cells.

But it also melts a little when you sweat, and then it sticks to your shorts, and makes taking off your kit really hard.  Basically there’s this little square patch of glue, on one side is fresh skin cells that are still a little sore, on the other side is your short.  I think it took me at least 10 minutes prying my shorts off without ripping the whole bandage off.  I’m glad that its all healed now and that I don’t have any more of that to deal with for the time being.

Fridays ride consisted of not riding, and instead picking blackberries in order to make some fresh jam, have blackberries on ice cream, and blackberry muffins.  Yep, the season is winding down.

And then today was crit champs.  It was a great course, the Albany course is really smooth and has great corners.  There was a good sized crash in one corner, not sure what caused it, but I got bumped around a bunch, and bent a spoke when my wheel hit another bike, and the spoke got caught on the bikes quick release.  Stayed up, but the wheel was really out of true, and rubbing the break pad.  I noticed that at about 9 laps to go, but I don’t think that had anything to do with my lack of results.  It was not real aggressive racing, there weren’t too many attacks, and the usual suspects were given no slack to get up the road and establish a break.  I made a few attacks, but nothing stuck, and there were no counter attacks to my efforts either.  At some point in the last 10 laps, a break of 3 went up the road, and managed to stay away.  At 2 to go, I made an effort to stay at the front, and got shut out of the inside of the corner where I was trying to move up.  Had to hit the breaks, and lose a bunch of positions, and ended up in the back.  I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make up any ground at this point, so I sat up to avoid any crashing that may happen.  Sam Nicoletti from GLs took the win, keeping the crit champ in pink for another year, nice job!

Theres still time to catch some more great clinics offered on Monday nights.  The focus of the clinic tomorrow, online
Monday August 17th, more info
will be on pace line and echelons.  Come and learn some new tricks for saving energy, riding smoothly, and safely maneuvering in the group.  Improve your ability to move in the peloton as well as improving the ability to work with other riders in race, training or group ride situations.
I addition to the one hour clinic, the clinic also includes IN race instruction, tips and advice, as well as post race analysis and conversation.
As well as great instruction, you also get one upgrade point for the class, or may use the clinic to count as one race towards your upgrade to category 4 or 3.  No prior clinic or race participation is needed to attend, that said, more experienced riders will also have tons to gain from the experience.
The clinic is at PIR Monday night, Aug 17th, 5:15pm, 15$ gets you in the clinic, sign up at the Monday PIR registration table!  Feel free to contact me with questions, or check out the coaching page for more info, or the Upper Echelon Fitness website. 
See you there!!!

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