Here’s a story to explain why you should always be “Training Up” – or, put another way, training with riders that are well beyond your current abilities.
This week a few guys on the team agreed to meet up one morning in Central Park for laps to include 4-minute efforts. We basically broke this down into 2x efforts per lap, so it was roughly 4-mins of hard effort, and 5-mins of light spinning to recover. Both efforts were to include the most uphill portions of Central Park: the East effort from Horseshit Alley to the Met Finish (a little past Cat’s Paw) and the west effort from the bottom of Harlem Hill to the end of Three Sisters (effectively the Central Park Alps segment on Strava.)
The nerves subsided as I approached the start line. For three weeks leading up to my first ever race I battled nerves and fear and now, all of a sudden, they were gone. Wow! I arrived there about six minutes prior to the start of the race; that put me way in the back of sixty-ish riders so my focus became “how do I get to the front of this pack safely and without wasting too much energy?”
Lesson 1: Arrive at the start line early to avoid this mess.
“Hey, are you racing Grant’s Tomb Crit?”, Jared asked.
“No. Crit’s aren’t really my thing. Can’t do the punchy sprint thing”
“Oh, yeah. You should marshal it. It’s pretty long, but there’s lots of racing to watch”
“I should. Might do a double session – get two-thirds of my marshaling duty done in one go. And it’ll be in March, so hopefully we’ll have a bit of spring weather”
2016 was the inaugural year for GFNY Racing, so we had to piece a few things together in the winter months leading up to the CRCA season. This meant that we didn’t really have the proper team jerseys and we had to stitch CRCA patches onto the GFNY jerseys to meet CRCA sub-team requirements. But two things worked in our favor for 2017:
We had time to plan ahead
GFNY formed its own apparel company giving it more flexibility in production