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First Race Back on the Road
20 Aug, 2003
Yesterday I rode my first race back after the track worlds.  The last 2 weeks I have done some very good training, but still with no racing for over 2 months I didn’t know what to expect. Actually I was as nervous as #$%@. It was 185km so I just wanted a solid race under my belt…and I got it.

Turned out the winning break left us after meter 1!  And that was it.  I got in a group after about 50km and we tried to get across.  I definitely needed another lung here, as it felt like the 2 that I had, had popped.  It was so hard at the start but I just told myself that all I'm doing today is training. Anyway, we got to just over 1min, but with only 4 of us chasing in a group of 15 we were pushing shit uphill.

We got caught after about 25km of chasing.  So I sat in the bunch for a while, recovering. Legs were good, and there were groups going out the hoop all over the show, I was determined not to be in one of them so I stayed near the front, and went with as much as I could.

I did a lot of work today, attacking, chasing, etc so I was very happy to still finish with good legs.  I can take a lot of positives out of this race, and if all goes according to plan then September will be a good month for me.  I am aiming to be flying in September and to finish the season on a high.

So next up for me is a tour close to where I lived last season, Bressuire. Actually we have a stage that finishes there, so I am looking forward to catching up with them, and getting my money they owe me!  The tour is called Tour de Poitou Charante.

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