Crit Practice was last night, but I hardly remember it from all the suffering. I remember that we forgot cycling shoes (partly my dad's fault, mostly mine) and my dad had to drive back to get them, so I did the first race in tennis shoes. Thus, I got dropped. I remember going on a break with Tom and Alexey. We lasted three solid laps. I remember getting dropped with Alexey on the next race, and trying to jump back on when the group came around again. I remember going on another break, this time, with Alexey, Ben Caldwell, Jeff (don't know his last name, and Blair Dudley. We lasted the whole ten lap race, and Blair led us out. Alexey didn't quite have the kick, so I ended up taking the win.
The next race was a miss'n out. In a miss'n out, every time the pack finishes a lap, the last three people to finish are out. The last man standing wins. Alexey and I had a brilliant tactic; breakaway! That way, we'd be getting 1st and 2nd every lap. We survived two laps, and then we were caught, but I attacked again! I almost survived to the finish, but I faded. Alexey and I were out, but we were still racing. Alexey attacked on the next lap, and he almost made it!
We raced really aggressively last night, and were rewarded. After watching races in Iowa and Illinois, Alexey is a little discouraged by the fact that racing-wise, Michigan is one of the slowest states in the USA. According to Alexey, the guys who dominate Cat 3s in Michigan couldn't compete with the Cat 3s in the rest of the country.
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