Rough week leading up to Barrio nursing a strained quad. I wasn’t even sure I could race it. Well within the 3k marker to go on the final climb at SLR I went from a for sure top 10 being in the final group of 8 up the hill to having to practically stop pedaling as my leg cramped/seized. I couldn’t straiten my left leg. Was awesome watching a lot of people come by me for 22nd. Ha! Rode Sunday and new something wasn’t right. Got an MRI on Monday and turns out I had a slight upper quad strain. Spare you the finer details, but was told to take it easy. Took a couple of days off the bike and the rest of the week easy (as far as intensity goes) skipped all the usual rides. Felt good enough for some crit action.
Barrio Logan I Raced in the CAT 3/4 and Masters 45+.
CAT 3/4 Result: 10th. 62 entries! Was really hard to stay up front. Sketchy with all those people. Marked some moves, tried to make some moves and then missed the final break of 6th 😊. About 8 laps to go when they got away and I didn’t think it was the right one -wrong! We were keeping them about 100 yards away so I wasn’t panicking – mistake! So when the lap cards came out with 5 to go I figured it was time to get the peloton motivated and try to get it back. Went upfront and took a pull, wiggled the arm and a junior came around me, but no one else so I followed him, took another pull, wiggled the arm and another guy came around. That happened for a lap and a half. Then I took a pull and wiggled my arm and no one was coming around so I swung out wide looked at the group and said so that’s it were racing for 7th ? – Crickets. Got 4th in the field sprint.
Masters 45+ Result: 9th. A lot smaller field, but they raced the 35+ with us. Again, I missed the break (shocker) that happened early about the 3rd or 4th lap. There were 4 in the 45+ and 3 in the 35+ in the break. I was just too far back when it happened. I tried to bridge solo – Mistake! Oh so close, but then turned into the wind and cya later. Was way too windy and I didn’t have the horse power or fitness. Went back in the group. Then Greg Kogut went hard around the half way point and I went with him. We got a big gap and made up some ground, but we couldn’t do it. And since he had someone in the break I wasn’t even sure if he was trying to bridge or just make another break happen. I bailed and went back to the group which was the best decision I made all day between both races because we caught Greg with a few laps to go. In the field sprint hard to say exactly where I was, but it was definitely up front and in the mix and got 9th.
Great event and great day of racing. Injured leg was a non-factor.