Might as well say something I thought of saying to a friend who got the Full Monte over the weekend in his first crit. Naturally, I forgot to tell him this little gem when I was discussing my crit experiences, which in 6 or 8 of them, range from complete suckage, to mediocre, to promising but ultimately disappointing so far.
Crits are unbelievably hard until you figure out how to keep your speed up in the corners, and discover how/where to wheelsuck and conserve energy for the big pushes.
After that, they are merely hard.
Someday, if everything works out favorably, I shall podium in a crit. Oh yes.
Of course it may take an enormous crash in the field sprint for it to happen, but what the hell, I race Cat 5, so the odds are in my favor.