|When in doubt, Jens says you should attack.|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Cotton Patch Challenge - not the 100k rally like I did last year, but the road race! This will mark my first foray into the world of bike racing ..... and it's a bit nerve-wracking. I know most of this blog's followers are triathletes or runners so this statement may come as a shock - "Finishing is not an accomplishment." Shocking, huh? That simple statement illustrates the difference between a running race and a cycling race. When it comes to a bike race there is no glory in simply finishing. The goal is to WIN (or at a minimum to influence the outcome). That puts a completely different spin on the mental approach.
I'm no fool. I know that the vast majority of first time racers get dropped by the pack and end up finishing solo (that is, if they aren't pulled off the course for a DNF). So would I be happy with surviving the 58 miles incident-free and crossing the line with the peloton? Sure. After all, the most common goals for new racers are 1) Don't crash, and 2) Don't get dropped. Notice something about both of those goals? They're both negative and defensive. Take that approach and you are toast. I don't want to crash or get dropped but I sure as heck don't want to spend a few hours just desperately trying to "hang on". I can do that at a rally or the weekend group ride. Instead, I will arrive at that starting line with a plan for when and where to ATTACK. I may or may not ever get the opportunity to execute that plan but I will be prepared and I will be looking for the opportunity. That, you can be certain of.