There was a cross race today, it was fun.
The race was at Swope park, 2pm. i raced as a cat 3, up from the 4 that i was last season. We raced 50 minutes which seems like a long time for the 3's. As daunting as that seemed i just kept telling myself 'remember all the 3 hr mtn bike races you've done this year, 50 minutes ain't nothing.'
And really, it wasn't that bad. Sure my back hurts, my neck hurts, i have blisters from not wearing gloves (gloves are for smart people) but all in all i feel okay. Plus i finished mid pack, which i was happy with. Sure the pack was small and at least three people who would normally have beat me had mechanicals... but whose keeping track of all that.
The course was a lot of fun. Probably unlike any cross course i'll do this year. It was a mix of traditional cross terrain, dirt single-track (including a huge log we had to go over) and pavement. I'd say it really tested all aspects of a cyclist... and i'm all for that.
Next week is Manion's cross, be there!