Turbo's Tales

Well, Hop Brook XC has come and gone. I decided to try out the Pro Open class on my SS. No expectations orher than pain a d to get stronger. Wait, one goal. Do not be DFL and I wasn’t. I purposely ran a pretty stout gear(34/18) for a race with little recovery area and 2500’ of climbing.
I wanted to blow up and see what I have. It’s easy for me to do this in training, in 5 hour races, even on the road but I have a hard time pushing myself at XC. I definitely went harder than I have before and hubg with the lead group for almost 1/2 lap but not recoveri g well that big climb put me in the pain cave. I realed one guy in on the third lap and dropped him but ultimately about 5 geared guys got by me that started after. I made mental notes to push where I don’t and it worked. I got my pr for the finishing climb on the last lap and also a top 20 there. I’m going to try to latch on a bit longer at each race and hopefully by the time shenandoah comes around I can swing a top 5.
 

jShort

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I dont want to muddle up the h2h thread so I'll put this here...

Everyone keeps saying that. Today I didn’t do what I wanted to do.(This is open pro/cat 1 btw ;) ). I want to best myself. I should have held on longer today. The reason I am racing these is I want to hang in to the group and go as hard as I can u til I blow up. I keep leaving too much in the tank(just racing shitty tbh). I know it’s possible and I want to do it. For me it’s getting iver mental blocks. I always kill it in training and ride too conservatively in races. It’s been difficult to change.
Because this is the place of unsolicited advice, I have some :).

Race cat 1, in your age group. Maybe the reason you're not pushing the entire race is because you're getting dropped 5 minutes in and find yourself in noman's land. We've all been in noman's land so we know....
If you raced in the cat 1 group, you'd probably hang on ok, and push....the entire time.... The second half of your second lap was probably better times because you were in a group of riders you were a little more aligned with.
 
I dont want to muddle up the h2h thread so I'll put this here...



Because this is the place of unsolicited advice, I have some :).

Race cat 1, in your age group. Maybe the reason you're not pushing the entire race is because you're getting dropped 5 minutes in and find yourself in noman's land. We've all been in noman's land so we know....
If you raced in the cat 1 group, you'd probably hang on ok, and push....the entire time.... The second half of your second lap was probably better times because you were in a group of riders you were a little more aligned with.
Thanks. I know I come off skewed sometimes. I guess it’s the nature of the beast. I didn’t get dropped until 1/2 a lap into Hop Brook. You’ll never improve if you always take the beaten path. My goal is to hang in a little bit further at each race. Mooch and Stewart should deal a better hand for an SS start. I agree I need someone to push and ride with but I think with a little time and training I can make it work. If not I’ll go back to age group.
 

UtahJoe

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Hey dave, I would just say...think of pro as a group of cat 1 winners...beating anyone in that class is usually a good day. Do whatever is the most fun... I mean im not winning the pro class anytime soon, but I like it because anyone I beat is a crazy fast guy. Just dont let it demoralize you.
 

pearl

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I'm with Germy, racing Cat 1 in your age group will push you farther than being dropped and just saying F it. It happens no matter what your mindset is. If you see a wheel in front of you, you will stick with it, regardless of what your brain or garmin says.

There is plenty of competition in those categories for you to bang bars with. If you go OTF in the age group category, then most certainly the open cat is your home. But until you do that, no sense in grinding your moral into paste
 
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Hey dave, I would just say...think of pro as a group of cat 1 winners...beating anyone in that class is usually a good day. Do whatever is the most fun... I mean im not winning the pro class anytime soon, but I like it because anyone I beat is a crazy fast guy. Just dont let it demoralize you.
That’s how I want to look at it. A few have done it on SS and that’s what I want to do. In the NUEs there are a few guys who can spin a 34/20 and beat the geared guys in 100 milers...go figure.
 
Here’s a quickie as I have lots going on the next few weeks. Not a pity party but life is crazy, stressful, sad and beautiful. 7 of 10 in the open class at Mooch was great for me. I was better than that but I will take that. Iron Furnace and French Creek up next before a break in racing with more training. I’ll definitely update the racin. Soon.
The beautiful is spending time with family, enjoying life, loving my boys and waiting for my daughter to arrive in one month’s time. I’ll add some pics to support the post.
The sad... my younger brother, father of three and husband to one fully relapsed to heroin two weeks ago and ODd twice in two days. He spent a week and a half in the hospital on a breathing tube and the wonderful system sets him free on the streets yesterday. I try to remain hopeful but I fully expect to get a call soon...
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Here’s a quickie as I have lots going on the next few weeks. Not a pity party but life is crazy, stressful, sad and beautiful. 7 of 10 in the open class at Mooch was great for me. I was better than that but I will take that. Iron Furnace and French Creek up next before a break in racing with more training. I’ll definitely update the racin. Soon.
The beautiful is spending time with family, enjoying life, loving my boys and waiting for my daughter to arrive in one month’s time. I’ll add some pics to support the post.
The sad... my younger brother, father of three and husband to one fully relapsed to heroin two weeks ago and ODd twice in two days. He spent a week and a half in the hospital on a breathing tube and the wonderful system sets him free on the streets yesterday. I try to remain hopeful but I fully expect to get a call soon... View attachment 67790 View attachment 67791 View attachment 67792 View attachment 67793 View attachment 67794 View attachment 67795 View attachment 67796 View attachment 67797 View attachment 67798 View attachment 67799
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UtahJoe

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Such is life...Bittersweet. Great news on the racing front, very sorry to hear about your bro.

With regards to racing....IIRC, did I lap you at a short track race a few years ago? Like I was saying, you have come a long way since then.