im sure this has been discussed before, but i wanna know what everyones first race was like. mine was in beginner class this year and scary as hell, i get so worked up at the start that i feel like im gonna faint. i raced around 30 other riders and we all went into that first turn after the start like we were trying to win the tour! i was so focused on trying to beat the guy in front of me that the race seemed to only last a second. i spent the night before basically inspecting and reinspecting the bike until i went to bed and barely slept. then ate some honey and more carbs that morning and blasted off to get there 15 min before the start (now i know a warmup is better) registered, got in line, clipped in my right and GO! we were off like that. it was over before i knew it and i was instantly hooked, coughing for at least 20 min after and barely able to speak i made alot of friends that day and we are all gonna kill each other next season in sport class. (i live in AZ too hot to race now). i ended up in 7th place and fought the whole season to end up in 5th overall for the points standing. i never knew how much i would like to try and torture myself why do we do it? no fame, small glory, no $$, but man that feeling of screaming past someone on the finish line with as much steam you can muster cant be duplicated. how bout you all...?