|Temporary picture until I get a real one from this race|
That was one of my goals this year... not to suck at cyclocross, and today I didn't. I wasn't amazing or anything, but I held my own, did a pretty adequate job over the barriers and didn't get lapped. Result!
45 minutes (which in this case meant 5 laps) of go-time. This is super-short for a cycling event, I'm used to spending hours out there, so way more lactic acid and red zone than what normal cycling entails.
This course is cool - I heard several people saying "best cross course ever!" and everyone was grinning after. Lots of natural terrain mixed in with a killer climb (that you get to do 5 times!) and a sketchy sandy downhill. Every so often he'd pitch us off the trail onto some little bypass just for fun... I live in the area so I've done the sketchy sandy downhill a bunch of times, but it's much worse on race day after a few dozen bikes go through and dig it all up... but I really attacked it.
This year they had two different man-made barrier sections, my practice mostly paid off there. I still stink at the re-mount, but my dismounts were all awesome! I hopped the barriers no problem at all. Still some work to do here, but far better than last year.
All in all an incredibly fun time. I'm strongly considering taking a pass on a fall marathon next year to focus more on cross and do a bunch of races rather than just a couple of one-offs. It's just so much fun.