Sunday, July 23, 2006
Well, if you think you have a deal with a roadie, make sure you've worked out the details and signed a contract. This is the lesson I learned today during the circuit race. I thought Morgan and I would work together and after she pulled me up the hill into the wind on the fourth lap, I said sure, I'd pull up the hill on the fifth. So I did and didn't see her make her move. She jumped me and blazed off, opening a gap I wasn't able to close. The funny thing was, I knew this was possible, but didn't think it would happen until the end of the race. Oh well. We each won in our respective catagories and I got a lot smarter. Not only do I have an ever greater appreciation for the strategic and tactical aspects of road racing, but in an instant realized the advantages of STI shifters. In order to react to someone's move, you have to immediately be able to grab the gear you want and go. This may be especially true for a newbie like me who is likely to be a little slow realizing what's going on and formulating a response. Anyway, I'm strongly considering joining up with Kaos for the road stuff. It'd be a lot of fun to have some other women to work with and go to some bigger races functioning as a team.