Today my brief Father's Day comeback ended. I entered the relatively flat, fast road race at Brownstown, PA. On the 2nd of six 5-mile laps I was wheezing and watching the pack disappear.
Although the race was flatter than last week's climb-every-mile Cargas Criterium, Brownstown has three sharp, square left turns that slow the pack to 15mph leading to acceleration on the way out of the turns. This kind of acceleration is exactly what I was NOT doing last year and what I need to do to keep up in races. Also, the race was controlled and won by Thru-It-All Cycling team. They are the strongest and deepest team racing masters 45+.
So what was I doing in a 45+ plus race at my advanced age? It was a combined field with 45+ and 55+ racers. Last week the entire field was 55+. When fields are combined, the stronger field controls the pace and the rest of us do the best we can. Thru-It-All attacked three times a lap causing the pack to chase. The attacks went on until the fourth lap when eventual winner John Spittal got away with one other rider at the front of the field. At that point the field settled down, but I was already a Zip Code behind the field riding with two other 55+ racers who were summarily dropped from the field.
I might race in New Jersey this Saturday, maybe not again till mid-July. I have a drill weekend on July 11-12 so no racing that weekend.