From : Bill Connell
Date : Sun, 23 Sep 2007 22:21:23 -0500
Yeah, the course was pretty hard. It was deceptive, because the first
1/3 of the course was just winding and flat. The rest of the course
wasn’t horrible, but that flat first 1/3 definitely ended up being a
recovery zone for me. I obviously should have listened to that inner
voice a month ago that said, “you’d better start running now, you know
that cross is going to hurt less if you do some running”.
I thought i was doing pretty well for this race – spent Friday night
prepping the bike, had a good breakfast, got there plenty early enough
for registration and pre-riding the course, and only then realized
that i’d forgotten my helmet. Luckily, i was able to borrow one (in
team colors, no less) and get into the race.
Helmet sorted, I started out the C race pretty well, passing a dozen
or two riders on the first lap after a start toward the back of the
pack. After the first lap and final runup to the start/finish line, i
had to pull back and pace myself to get through the next 4 laps. It
was a pretty hot day for ‘cross, and i was wishing i’d arranged a
water handup after lap 2.
Once i was in pacing mode, i just tried to hold my place and
concentrate on good form and pushing as i could. I was pretty happy
with the barrier form, just a couple of stutter steps and one missed
pedal jumping on for the runup, but the minnehaha practice helped a
Great to see lots of rodents out today, thanks for the cheering and
fun to cheer everyone else – last year i didn’t really know people’s
names, but i think i knew everyone today. No idea of my how i placed,
but i’m reasonably happy with the season opener overall. I’m taking
next weekend off, i’ll be back for Lake Rebecca in a couple of weeks.