Today was the first race for 2009 in the town of Onjon close of Troyes. It was a very windy race of 72 km and we were around 80 cyclists in start. It was not so cold (around 13°c). I was in that race for see my actual level and make some efforts and I saw today I till have along way before find the good power!!!I finished 22th in second group and I was really surprise that I can't stay in first group. I made a mistake, I was last in first group and suddenly some cyclists in front of me was really too tired and losted all their speed, the time I passed them was too long and I losted the group. So I was catched my 2nd group after that. We arrived in sprint for 16th place but it was really dangerous because of a car just started in front of us 400 meters before the finish so I didn't take any risk in the sprint...Aniway itw as a good test and I know that I will be really more godo for the big events coming next april! I will join race next sunday again and change a little my training too.
I remember last year and the year before and many years before the week before the first race. Time pass fast, I still remember last year, I was still full of hope at that moment. I grow up. I look the first race not in the same way that time. Anyway, I'm happy races season will open now, just hope that the weather will be good for that!
This morning before open the window after wake up, I was sure it will be again bad weather. So I was not surprise to see the rain...rain all day long...I thought I will be on cycling home trainer tonight but finally a window in that dark sky was open suddenly so I gone outside on my bike...It was 5.30pm so I took my lights because it was dark fast. It was just one hour and 15 minutes outside but finally, it wasbetter tha nothing!
I will join my first race 2 weeks latter but the training conditions are still very bad everyday. We have snow and it's never more than 2 or 3°c at the best since many days now. Today I was under the snow a moment too. I'm late in my training but I will use the first races as trainings too for be better and better.
This winter is really cold and it's complicat to make trainings especialy after work! I'm late now and my condition is just so so. It's not hurry because I will not race tomorrow but I will like to have better weather for make more long trainings!I guess I will enter my first race of the year next 1st march