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Today I found out I am not nearly as fit as I thought I was

ZachariahZachariah Posts: 782
So I turned up for a club run with the local racers, after doing a few rides with the more leisurely club. How hard could it be? Bit faster, bit further, pah! I commute fast!

Turns out, much much much much much harder.

At least it's motivation for more training. I really thought I was approaching race fitness...What an idiot.

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  • Ha! Brilliant! :lol:
  • twotyredtwotyred Posts: 822
    Unlike most sports the trouble with bike racing is that you have to be really good just to be censored .
  • nmcgannnmcgann Posts: 1,780
    twotyred wrote:
    Unlike most sports the trouble with bike racing is that you have to be really good just to be censored .

    Unfortunately that is true.
    --
    "Because the cycling is pain. The cycling is soul crushing pain."
  • ratsbeyfusratsbeyfus Posts: 2,841
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    If there are any other lardy-slow arses out there... do you fancy doing a race somewhere? 2 laps of the B&Q carpark in Brighton?


    I had one of them red bikes but I don't any more. Sad face.

    @ratsbey
  • LJARLJAR Posts: 128
    yeah I got a bit of a shock when I went for m first club run, and my first race.

    2 years later I am beginning to hold my own, hey-ho.
  • GarzGarz Posts: 1,155
    ..and it's an expensive hobby!

    :lol:
  • PokerfacePokerface Posts: 7,960
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.


    There is. It's called TLI. 8)
  • softladsoftlad Posts: 3,513
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    you don't have to be fit to race - so there's nothing stopping you from entering a go-race or 4th cat event.

    However, obviously the fitter you are, the less likely you are to be dropped in the neutralized zone....
  • Pokerface wrote:
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.


    There is. It's called TLI. 8)

    Hmm - I guess that is somewaht toungue in cheek. The TLI races up in the NE are often harder than BC races - 90 minutes of full on action. Ours attract local pro riders using them as part of training.
  • jibberjimjibberjim Posts: 2,810
    Zachariah wrote:
    So I turned up for a club run with the local racers, after doing a few rides with the more leisurely club. How hard could it be? Bit faster, bit further, pah! I commute fast!

    Turns out, much much much much much harder.

    At least it's motivation for more training. I really thought I was approaching race fitness...What an idiot.

    When E/1/2 riders go hard on a training ride, plenty of 4th's and even 3's get shelled very rapidly, just because you struggle on that training ride, doesn't mean you won't do fine in a 4th cat race - particularly as the bunch will be bigger so more of a rest...
    Jibbering Sports Stuff: http://jibbering.com/sports/
  • johncpjohncp Posts: 302
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    I think you've just described a sportive! :lol:
    If you haven't got a headwind you're not trying hard enough
  • smithy1.0smithy1.0 Posts: 439
    Agreed. In a road race, I think someone with lower ability could at least finish with the bunch if you keep yourself positioned correctly.

    I got a bit of a suprise at my first MTB race, too. Headed out far too hard and completely cracked half way. Although, I came back from that pretty well, winning my second race 8)
  • ratsbeyfusratsbeyfus Posts: 2,841
    Johncp wrote:
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    I think you've just described a sportive! :lol:

    Take cover! Take cover! Sportives are/aren't races rants coming up! Take cover!


    I had one of them red bikes but I don't any more. Sad face.

    @ratsbey
  • airbusboyairbusboy Posts: 231
    how quick is quick.........
    'Ride hard for those who can't.....'
  • amaferangaamaferanga Posts: 6,789
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Johncp wrote:
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    I think you've just described a sportive! :lol:

    Take cover! Take cover! Sportives are/aren't races rants coming up! Take cover!

    Don't think there's any debate is there? They're not officially races, but a lot of people treat them as such. Simple as that.
    More problems but still living....
  • gavintcgavintc Posts: 3,009
    softlad wrote:
    ratsbeyfus wrote:
    Yep. Why isn't there a cat 5 or even 6 for pot-pellied pringle munchers like myself? People who can't actually be arsed to train / don't have any talent, but fancy Ihaving a race.

    you don't have to be fit to race - so there's nothing stopping you from entering a go-race or 4th cat event.

    However, obviously the fitter you are, the less likely you are to be dropped in the neutralized zone....

    Oh my god, that is so true. I thought I was up for it. On my 2nd race, we congregated in the town centre, rolled out for 3km neutral zone and bang the speed went up to 30 mph (in the neutral zone). My heart rate was up to max, before I crossed the line. And then..... we went up a decent long drag hill straight after the start. My 'race' lasted about 1km before I was just having a nice ride in the countryside with about 5 other riders. Racing is brutal, but you get better.

    At least here in Italy, the races are more sportives and there are is a peleton to ride with. We still ride for time on closed roads, but I do not need to be in the front peleton to have a good ride. At 53, my race is against my age group and I can hold my own.
  • freehubfreehub Posts: 4,257
    Some of the races I did I was nearly throwing up to keep up and it was giving me immense heartburn, some of the people looked like they were just out for a nice steady ride lol.
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