After only my third race as a cat 3 I bagged my first result at Ladera Ranch Grand Prix. With some help from my teammate Troy, I got a 5th in the field sprint after we were unsuccessful trying to catch a guy solo off the front who had a 30 second gap on us. Unorthodox for a crit. It felt good looking at my efforts against guys who have been in this category much longer than me. I have credit towards another upgrade and even got some prize money out of it which I gladly split with my teammate. Unfortunately racing with a team in these categories is the exception and not the rule and most times I am racing, it is spent alone and I have to be a bit of a privateer to move around in the peloton and search for opportunities.
One benefit to all this riding and racing is that I get to eat more. On one particular ride I did over five hours in the saddle and when I got home I don't remember the quantity that I ate but I do remember my jaw hurting after I polished off two more waffles. My appetite has increased but I don't want to go overboard. I can say that riding more does seem to make food taste better.
So it's new years time, summer is here, I get to read for pleasure and things are looking good on and off the bike. I'm finding my fast legs in the races and on the group rides and the coaching is hopefully helping. I'm fortunate to be spending my vacation this summer right here at home! People spend lots of money every year from all over the world to come to the California coast so I'm fortunate and lucky. I've got two big road races left that I'm targeting. We'll see what happens. Until then, happy new year, happy summer Vive le Tour and be safe out there.
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