I knew coming into yesterdays crit I had to keep my self in the pack, out of the wind. I didnt recover well from Saturday's strenuous ride but I thought I could handled the race. This was my first time racing on this particular course. About half way into the race, I felt ok and some how I found my self ending up at the front chasing down couple of guys who broke away. I dragged the whole pack for about a lap and a half and almost caught these guys. Then I was smoked. I shot back to the back and there I stayed for the few laps. I couldnt move up. If it was a flat course I had a chance, but there was a sharp turn in the course which immediately went up hill. Yoyoing was pretty bad at the back, combined with scrubbed speed and going up hill, I was done. I didnt get dropped. I quit. pain was too much, which I havent felt in couple of years when I was a weaker racer. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! That was my thinking on my way to my car. If I had stuck to my plan, hiding in the pack, I would have survived the race but no, I had to chase. Thats why I am a four. Did I learn my lesson? Probably not for long.