Sunday, June 29, 2008

Burlingame Criterium

Anna wins Women's Cat 1/2
Anna and Willem (4k)
Phil "Froggy Style" Slama
Jen and Angelo with anxious spectator
Dino in serious concentration mode
Me


Yesterday, I decided to race the Burlingame Criterium at the last minute. Lately, I had been feeling like crap on the bike and my body did not respond at the last PoO (Port of Oakland) ride. Each lap of the PoO ride sucked the life from my body and the legs were abused by the strong cross winds. It was only 4 laps into the ride when I decided to drop back and spin back to the truck. The spin began to slow and I found myself walking along the side of the road with my bike in hand. Once I returned to the parking lot I could feel the acid building in my legs. As the group passed each time - I sat in the truck thinking about my form and lack of strength. The idea of burn out and sickness had crossed my mind and I went home that evening feeling weak and dejected. The next morning I woke up and decided to stop riding for the week until my body and mind had recovered. The trip to Italy had inspired my riding and the first weekend back was spent racing in Pescadero - this was my body's way of pushing back and telling me it was time to rest.

To bring things up to speed...

SATURDAY (EVENING)

Went to Angelo's last night and watched Ghostbusters while he prepped for the race

Downed two Nantucket Nectar lemonades and a bag of chips - yes, chips

Walked to North Beach and had a pint of beer with Angelo

Dino and Phil send several text messages to Angelo about the race

Dino and Phil ask Angelo why Anthony is not racing Burlingame Criterium

Anthony thinks about the question and realizes he might be ready for action

Then he realizes they are at the pub where Anthony has his dinners the night before races

These "secret meals" are part of his "secret training" and have produced good results

Anthony shares his "secret meal" with Angelo and things are good

Finally, Anthony caves into the pressure and decides he wants to spend the remaining portion of his weekend racing with his teammates and friend Phil

Anthony sends Willem (4k) a text

Willem responds to text and the pick-up time is set for 5:50am

Anthony goes home to shave his legs and massages Freddy's Choice Muscle-Relax gel into his legs

Clauss sends Anthony a text to check about his ride status ( Eric is an awesome teammate )

Anthony collects his gear, drinks 3 glasses or water and goes to sleep

SUNDAY (EARLY) MORNING

Woke up feeling great and had two table spoons of peanut butter, one Ensure, two Activia yogurts and a can of Starbucks iced mocha

Pre-rode the course with Matt Triska and sat at the starting line with Clauss, Willem and Matt

Race picked up speed and several attacks were made at the beginning

Third Pillar made several attempts to control the race

Eric Clauss made a nice counter attack

Triska made an appearance up front and was looking incredibly strong

On the last lap I was feeling excellent and decided to attack in the s-bend turns

Started to pull away from the main group and put my head down

Main group picked up speed so I stood up and sprinted to the line from the last turn into the final stretch

Overall, the race was amazing and everyone managed to escape the crashes

Later, Angelo went on to place 6th in the 3's

Jan got 7th in the 1/2's

and Anna won the women's Cat 1/2

Today was a good day

3 comments:

ADIG said...

Congrats A-Train!

It was great to arrive in the morning and see your win...put pressure on me since I had the same "Super Supper" as you!!!

Anthony Coando said...

Thanks, Gig

You're on fire right now and I feel another win heading your way - now you can repeat the "secret meal" before the next big one

Anna & Willem Voorthuijsen said...

Okay, now we figured out how to post a comment... Congrats on a great race! You rocked it!