Sunday I was in the A group, and LOVED IT. Some people are afraid of A group because of the close passing done by the really fast riders. I loved that everyone in that group knows the racing line, and is well, faster than me! So it meant I could chase them around through the corners instead of cursing and avoiding them ;-) Right away I was doing 2:20s at ease, 2:19s consistently, and I even dipped down for a 2:17 lap here and there. (my lap timer was inconsistent on picking up the beacon, so I'm missing a lot of laps)
Late in the day I looked down as I was pulling from turn 8 to turn 9, and realized that with my current lap time I would get a 2:15 on my timer if I just stayed consistent until the end of the lap. Right. So I flew through turn 9 pushing the front right over the top, did turn 10 faster and harder than I've ever done it (and didn't push the front - keep that in mind!) handled 11,12,13 with aplomb and hard on the gas down the back straight. All good! Just the 14/15 180-degree turnaround and back down the straight and I'm golden, right? Braking down from 125 to 50mph or so, I pushed the front, recovered, lost the rear, recovered and realized I wasn't going to make the corner. I stood it up and rolled onto the new pavement beyond the candystripe, stopped, checked to make sure that the corner was clear, and then went down the straight. I still had a 2:20 on the lap timer, which really makes me wonder what the lap would have been if I hadn't blown the corner.
Happy to be in A group, and nobody was annoyed by me ;-) Happy to be in the 2:15 range, but annoyed that I couldn't get a good recorded lap in that range. Happy to see that I can pick it up and still stay up, there's more room to grow.
ANNOYED that I left myself get so out of shape. The extra 10 pounds was really hurting me. I could only do 8-10 fast laps before I had to pull off because I was distracted, meaning I only used 2/3s of most of the session time I had available. I'm assuming the distraction was related to body unhappiness, which was usually barking up around the same time.