Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday night at the Point

First the details:

Weight: 183 (scary light)
Fitness: Good
Confidence: High
Riding in the rain Saturday: Looking forward to it.

Showed up to DC's Thursday night World Championships (Everybody else gets one, I feel like we should get one too...I'm going to make the title stick) at Hains Point with the rest of the guys. It ended up being more of a R1V group ride as it seemed like we were everywhere. We talked strategy for a while about Saturday. Esmonde was dishing out advice on the course, where to go, where to hold back, and how to maximize the chances of a great finish. It's going to be a blast of a race. Cliff, Scott, Joel, Brandon, and Myself are all riding pretty well right now...well enough to be in the thick of it during the whole race. We'll see how it goes.

Legs didn't really feel good till about 40 miles into the ride yesterday...weird. Everything felt tight and too forced. Getting up to speed didn't feel as natural as it has in days past. Miles 41 through 52 felt good though. The top end speed was there, even though the accelleration isn't quite where I'd like it to be. I don't think I'll ever be one of those guys that can get up to speed in blink of an eye...more of a go early and hold on.

I'm really looking forward to watching how the 4 race plays out tomorrow. We have 11 of 35 registered...with some serious fire power. It's going to hurt. :)

Good luck to all. Race season starts tomorrow!!!


Kyle Jones said...

Hey Jesse,
who should I watch out for tomorrow. I am in horrible shape and just want to watch the guy ride off the front. The bad thing about umd is that it is hard to do team tactics because the thing is so hard regardless of the attacks. Like an hour time trail. Thats how it felt last year. But having that many guys in a race is kind of said. I mean you guys get more bar points for just showing up. And if you win you only have beaten 24 other guys because they were not on your team.

Kari & Jesse said...

Watch out for all of them...they're the real deal. ;)

Can't blame us though...I don't think anybody is looking for BAR points, just want to race. What's sad is that nobody else from other teams signed up...that's pathetic.

I'll see you out there. Good luck.