• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015


I had my reservations about doing the track OCUP over this weekend but I signed up for it anyways. There was the usual crowd of racers that I've raced with before at the Forest City Velodrome and others that I raced with at Nationals. But, like I said, I signed up anyways.

Friday night wasn't spectacular. I don't really know why, but my mind wasn't on it. I couldn't seem to hold the pace in the points race qualifier and ended up finishing 14th. I need to be 12th place or better to race the final. It is really a testament to mind over body because I have suffered before, and managed to hang in or more like driving the pace. This time, I guess I just gave up. I didn't really want to be there, and the results showed. However, I managed to loan out my wheelset (with a disc) to a friend, Conrad M. who when on to lap the field in the points race final and placed third overall joining the growing ranks of masters racers that have beaten the mighty Steve Bauer to the finish line.

Today, I did a volunteer session at the Milton Velodrome. I lead out the Try The Track group, and stuck around to keep the Re-cert group "honest". I heard those immortal words again: "I'm dumping my trainer for track". What a bad idea.

With all the excitement over the opening of the Milton Velodrome, I'm sure that is a thought many riders have. I even know guys that race that have circumed to the excitment are fighting their way into any session they can get their hands on.

With Track Nationals 2014 over and done, and 1.5 weeks of doing effectively nothing, I jumped back on the trainer Tuesday night to re-start training again. However, my motivation was still low. As I did the sprint workout, it hit me: what am I training for? The goal of last summer was to get ready for track racing in the fall and see what I could do at the Provincials Crit. The goal of the fall was to become ready for track nationals. I am not at the point where I am looking to the future and seeing what it holds. 

One of the things I was told when I started a new training plan last September, is that I race too much. There are two types of bike racing I like doing: Track and Criteriums - basically any race that is short. Anything much over an hour, and I get bored. Riding around for 2-4 hrs for a single sprint is not something I enjoy. I used to do it, but results are usually the same: I forget to eat/drink when the pace picks up, and I blow up. One can get away with that one the track and in a hour crit, but after 90 mins of intensity, the body runs out of stored fuel. I'm done.


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