Sunday i completed my second road bike race. It was much better than the first experience at the National Championship last year, but still not good. There is room for improvement and more experience needs to be gained. You need to be fit, but its much more about your position in the peleton and being able to read and have your tactics during the race.
The race took of at a fast pace directly from the beginning. We were going to do 7 laps on a 10km course. The course was quite technical with some small hills. This is not beneficial for me as im lagging confidence since i had my bike accident. It feels like the heart is going to stop before i enter in a roundabout, going down hill or just making a simple turn. So, i was thrown to the sharks to overcome some fears. Are there any better way to tackle your fears than in a race where there is no time to think twice?!
The strongest girls started off with some attacks, but i followed without any major issue. All girls were together till the 3rd lap. On the most technical part of the course two girls attacked and managed to escape. I was far back in the Peleton and tried to react, but i couldn’t get there. (Lessons learned; I need to work on the positioning in the peleton and become more aggressive and make sure i keep my spot) I managed to go with the chasing pack. The 4th lap was basically just attacks…
During the 6th lap i tried to make a strategy. Two girls had escaped and we were 7 girls that would fight for the last place on the podium. My idea was to attack on the 7th lap and try to get away. So i did, but i just managed to get rid of 2 girls. So, now we were 5 girls that would sprint for the 3rd place. Hmmmm….sprint finish, actually never done one before. There is in fact a lot to know about sprint finishes and they need to be practiced.
I did many errors sprinting to the finish line. I was the first to react and the first who ran out of gas, well done Larsson. I should have waited for the others to react and then hit the gas.
Well, there is only one way to learn and that is to participate in these kind of races and gain experience. I have not doubt that my physical level is on the same level as the other girls.