OK last night I raced at Latrobe City and it was a graded handicap over 4 grades, I raced B grade - it was 36kms (or thereabouts) and the first lap we averaged 40kph, I did not work with the bunch much as it was a bit quick early for me...the second lap, at the end I got a bit weird and dropped off the bunch and then proceeded to get lost on the circuit...WHHAAT??? well I have a coupleof weird episodes when pushing extremely hard on the bike, this one, and one about 5 years in a race. I get a bit disoriented and end up dropping off the bunch...anyway it happened last night, I was spewing because I was riding so well and so happy about my race..but anyway I ended up spending last night in hospital and having an MRI this morning which just showed I have some scar tissue in my head from a fall I had on the bike about 6 years ago and that is what causes the problem, so I have to just have to be a bit careful....last year out training I got lost and rang Shane and he came and got me.....so now we know why......last nights race was very fast and I hadnt eaten anything either which doesnt help.....I have had afternoon rides with no food which is a bad idea.......always have staminade that helps!
So my bike computer says the first 12km ave speed 40,0
then the next 13km my ave was only about 36.3, but to show in my last lap where I only rode 6km before someone picked me up in a car I averaged 15.9 as I was walking some of that because I felt a bit too unsteady to ride the bike..
So yes it is a worry, and I am having an EEG in the next couple of weeks but I was pretty happy to be racing and averaging 40kph in a mainly flat course with two slow rises, one about 500m and one about 1km, see how I feel next week, but I definitely want to race again but will just have to pull out of the race if I begin to feel funny, It was toward the end of the second lap that I started to feel a bit strange last night and I was already at the back.....I was at the back to save energy but would have moved there had the feelings started whilst I was elsewhere in the bunch
Anyway I didnt win, Shane got third fastest time as he was in the A grade bunch wqho averaged about 42kph for the race, it was fast and fun, I was loving it before I went AWOL.....Shane was happy to get third in the sprint as there are some pretty fast guys in that bunch. My bunch was about 12 riders and they are all very good and I am disappointed I didnt get to finish the race but I am definitaly getting fitter and wished I could have tried to stay with them til the end.
Better luck next time.