what was your power like in the race vs. your power in training? Is it about the same as in training, or did you feel like you could hold less (i.e. you do overunders at X watts and feel okay but here you could only hit Y)?
I mean sure this is all stuff that can be worked on and you will improve it, the open question is, what’s the best way to go about doing it.
And really I’m asking about this because you’re on week 5 or 6 of High Volume General Build and that honestly should be a decent amount of training stress already. This is why i would broaden your question and first ask, were you rested enough? It’s fine to do racing along with structured training but you need to bear in mind that if you do, you sometimes will not be rested enough to perform well at that race. This is fine if it’s a C race, maybe not so fine if it’s an A.
If you did go into it rested and feeling good, then yeah, maybe some specificity would be helpful. If the overall training stress level is okay as it is, then I would not add the crit-specific workouts on top (because then it’ll be too much), but replace a hard workout with a crit-specific workout and you can be more prepared physically and mentally for the sensations. And for sure, this could be helpful. I personally think that specificity is less important, but of course, even something that adds only, say, 4% could be critical, if that 4% is the difference between hanging on and getting dropped.
The other thing to remember is, racing is very hard. Those starts are pretty much all out as people fight for position, you have to go at an intensity that you know for a fact you cannot sustain the whole time and hope that everyone else gets tired enough to slow down before you pop, and you also have to adjust mentally to not being in control of the pace.
What i’m getting at is, the “specificity” you need might just be more racing. Meaning do more races, make sure you’re rested for at least some of them, really turn yourself inside out, and you will get faster, in a way that’s very hard to replicate in a solo workout. if you have a weekly training race in your area that you can jump into, those can be excellent for this kinda thing.