Sunday, October 15, 2006

Cyclo Cross Dud

I don't know how or why, but I decided I needed to do a cyclo cross race, and with support from Kenny Williams and Dean Sabol and the www.pedaldynamics.com crew, I saddled up on Deans fancy Moots Ti Cyclo Croos bike for the Masters A race at Kelley Creek.
It had been pouring rain all morning, but had eased off by the time our race started. The 1/2s went a minute in front of us. When Phil Miller said GO, we took off, well everyone else did, I was off the back when we passed the finish trailer after 100 yds!! I tried to up my pace and keep up with the tail enders, but they kept pulling away from me. I knew I was not going fast enough around the corners, but couldn't do it, the straight aways were ok, but I was very entertaining for everyone watching at the barriers!! I felt like my legs were not attached to my body.

I had to walk a couple of times when my right foot came out of my pedal at innapropriate times, but did manage to pass my 2007 teammate Brad Reed, oh yes he was stopped getting his saddle fixed ; -)
The 1/2 leader passed me after about 1 1/2 laps, then it seems like everyone else in the race passed me.
All in all it was a humbling experience, but I suppose I have to do a few more races to see if I can improve, don't think I can get worse, but you never know!

I was very impressed by the support of fellow racers and friends who insisted I come out again next week, despite my poor showing, either they are being very supportive or just like to see me
humiliated. I'd like to think it is genuine support, but I'm sure Pru Dog will tell me like it is and say I should quit because I suck!! So because of that and my competitive drive to at least be involved in the race........I'll be back

7 comments:

.nathan. said...

See you on Wednesday at Marymoor then eh??!?

stokediam said...

But PDog himself said it's hard to find anything to blog about this time of year if you don't do 'cross, so he should tell you to keep "racing" if only so you (and others!) have something to blog about....

Old as dirt said...

Yes, I will try to make it on weds night. Just don't laugh too hard when you see how slow I am...remember I'm old and have never done this before!

Double C said...

Don't worry about the P-Dog, he is going to be knee deep in diapers before you know it.

Allison said...

Nice to see that you're giving 'cross a try too. If I can do it, anyone can!

P-Dog said...

keep racing. :) And lets see, a blog about my baby? boy won't that be a ratings winner.

The Virgin said...

Just think how crushed people will be as you begin to beat them! O.A.D. will destroy all you who have humbled him. Do not provoke the old guys lest ye be turned to dirt.