Thursday, May 17, 2012
Bear Lake Classic
On lap 2, there were fewer attacks but they were stronger and got away further. In the last 20 miles, speeds got really fast as no one was going to let anyone get away at this point.
The last 5 miles is where I had really put in a lot of thought. I knew things could be fast. Little did I know I would be at the front, going 15 mph as the chess game ensued. With such a short amount of time left in the race, I wasn't going to expend any more energy than necessary. So I as I sat on the front, I went as slow as the group would tolerate. If they wanted to go faster, I assumed someone else would take the lead. With about 2 miles to go, I got impatient and hit the gas. The group followed and I found myself 4th or 5th wheel around the sharp left hander that led to the 1km finishing straight. For some reason, I got gapped. And with 1 km to go, I failed to bridge the gap. I'm not sure what happened, but just as I blogged about last week, there's that split second where your body and mind have to jive and you go for it. I didn't do that and missed the sprint.
I want that finish back. I had enough energy, just not enough experience I guess. I'm stoked I made it around twice with the group but as I said before, maybe its time to start focusing finishing well, not just making around the course. I am stoked I was there. And 4 hrs 13 min for a century is the fasted I've ever done 100 miles by about 45 minutes. My base from winter training is also shinning through. I've recovered well wasn't completely drained as I have been in the past. More proof I could have made a better effort at the finish.
So, my education continues. I look forward to some crits in the next few weeks and my summer gets real busy with Tour de Park City preparations in high gear.