Race #2 this Week

What’s going on?
From no bike racing in years to three races in two weeks (and two this week).
I’ve been bitten by the bug… bitten hard.

I’m doing my second SMACK series race tonight. I’m told that the course is technical with a 180 degree turn, a narrow bike path and a steep short climb.
Last time I had modest realistic goals. Tonight I’m going to stretch the goals somewhat:

I want to finish in the main pack.

What the main pack is will depend on who turns up to the race.

There could be 100 people.
If there is, there will be a group of elites (10-20)
A main group (of 30-60)
The splintered groups off the back that will be lapped.

Perhaps the name ‘main group’ is incorrect – but I’ve made clear my definition and expectations.

What can go wrong?
Everything.

Is my goal unreasonable?
Maybe. I’m only basing it on the fact that I was comfortable last race after 22 minutes – when I punctured… I really don’t know that I would have lasted the distance. Saturday’s MTB race gave me more confidence. We were going HARD up every hill (1000m ascent in 2:39) and I felt good in all hills for over two hours.
The legs are good.

Pic from Saturday:

150502 Lidingöloppet MTB den 02 maj 2015 i Norrköping. Foto: Peter Holgersson / Peter Holgersson AB
150502 Lidingöloppet MTB den 02 maj 2015 i Norrköping.
Foto: Peter Holgersson / Peter Holgersson AB