On Saturday I went to Darley Moor for my first circuit race of the year. The race started cold and windy and I was finding it really tough. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with the pace and after 35 minutes I got dropped from the ever decreasing main bunch. Mentally I found this really tough. I was disappointed, frustrated and upset with myself. All evening I struggled to pick myself up and was worried about the next days ride. I found it difficult to understand why I couldn’t keep up with the bunch seeing as I felt my form was good.
Whilst travelling down to the LRRA Middlemarkers 25M TT in Saxilby on Sunday I had time to re-evaluate yesterday’s race. I decided that I needed to not let the feelings of the previous day’s disappointment and frustration impact the day’s time trial. If I’m honest the horrendous conditions during the race didn’t allow me to think about anything but getting to the finish line and dry clothes!! I was pleased with my performance considering the conditions and my time won me the fastest middlemarker prize.
Once I’d managed to get my body temperature back up to normal I began to reflect on Saturday’s race. I realised that flat circuit races are not my forte and I’ll keep that in mind for the future. When analysing the race on training peaks I found that the normalised power for the race was above that of my functional threshold power showing me why I found it so difficult. I was beginning to feel a little bit better about Darley Moor.
I have certainly learnt a couple of lessons this weekend and I will be using them in the future!