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April 6, 2011

Ups and Downs

by hammonjj

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated everyone on my racing and I figured it’s about time for an update. It helps that I’m on a road trip to Nebraska.

Racing has been hit or miss so far. The season opened, for me, with the CU Criterium where I rolled in for a pack finish; also winning a prime. This was a great result for me as I was looking to sit in as much as possible in order to get some speed work in my legs.

The next weekend was the Oredigger Classic. This modest sounding event was a hill climb up the famous Lookout Mtn in Golden, Colorado. Sadly, I was having stomach trouble during my run up the mountain, which left me in trouble. I still managed a top 10, but was far from hitting on all cylinders.

I went into last weekend’s race really looking for a moral boost, but the Louisville Criterium is not a course that suits me. I’m not particularly good on rolling criterium courses and this was no exception. I was shelled around halfway through. It did help my ego to later discover that half the field got shelled and that one my teammates got second in the field sprint.

Where does this leaving me? Well, wanting. Most of my training has been in preparation for the Tour of the Gila. This puts me in a good position for the next three weeks of racing. Right now I have the Mead Roubaix Road Race, Haystack Mtn TT, AFA Road Race and the Deer Trail Road Race. Perfect!

I should have some excellent news to report soon and I promise I’ll be updating more often!!

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