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Well that went okay... No crashes I didn't really know how the races were lining up, thinking I was in the top half of the cat4/5 race I was actually dead last just in front of the cat 5 only race, hello yes newbie here!
Pace was easy and not what I was use too since I rode by myself usually, I saw a couple people make moves but none of them developed, I finally made my way to the front with about 15 miles left! Instead of waiting and trying to gather a couple people to go with me, I saw an opening on the far right and just went hard, nobody jumped on my wheel, so I was off by myself, I lead with about a 200-400 meter lead for about 3 miles, one hill got me and the group brought me back in.
I stayed in the top 20 and wanted to make another move with about 5 miles out, before the pace picked up, I got stuck in the middle and one guy went off the front, there was 4 guys at the front blocking everybody else, people near me and behind were yelling to go get the front guy but those 4 never moved. At one point I decided to join in and yell "opening on the right go go go!!" Well there was no opening but it freaked the top guys out and everybody started to go, it worked we had spaced people out and we were all one again
Right turn left turn things were fast, and I knew my chances were gone, I just focused staying straight and upright, left turn, 1 mile out 2-3 people went down, in the front, that's when I decided I was not going to out sprint any of these guys and just rode it in, everybody past me and I finished behind most
There was at least 3 crashes I saw in my races, I stayed up right the whole time and learned a decent amount, and got in a better workout then I would of by myself, since I was borrowing a bike it would of been interesting to see my power numbers since that is all I train and race by, would of be interesting if I just had 1-2 other people that I knew to at least push the pace with, maybe could of rode off the front right away , I had gps so will be able to at least look at paces on strava
@DawnC i had a goal of total entries fees for kona and we just went over it, so i was happy with the turn out for kona, i would like 2/3 of that turnout for the big regional IM championships this coming up year