Track National Championships 2012
Track Nationals was a mixed bag this year. I didn't particularly want to race, seeing as I haven't spent any time on the boards since before Augusta. But the email came through that I needed to race, so I decided to race the 500m time trial. I probably should have raced the pursuit as well, but that's why this bike racing thing is a long term learning process, not an instant gratification data point.
So, we'll skip right to the part where I DID "race." Since The Games were just a few weeks ago, there weren't many people there. I was on the track alone. Warm-up went well, being on the track went OK and I was just shooting for a sub-50 second time. After an OK start and a less than admirable second lap, the final time was 49.05 seconds. Not bad for less than optimal fitness, training and being broken. I'll take it - along with the National Championship jersey that goes with it.
But the time at the track brought up the fact that I need to commit and jump into racing with both feet. I don't like looking stupid. I don't like getting dropped at the start. But if I want to be a bike racer, then it's time to be a bike racer.