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Race report:

Despite the fact that I first got covered in **** (sprayed my down tube with fresh dog crap, found that out after I grabbed the frame for a run-up), then had my worst CX crash ever two laps later (dismount-fail a full speed into a log pile) - and *then* rolled in for second-last place, I had a really fun time. I thought I was doing well the whole race since I was working my way through traffic, etc. consistently. Next time I need to pay attention to those bib numbers and stick to racing the guys in my category and not the masters racers who started ahead of us (oops).

10/11 ... looking forward to less of a ****-show next week.
 

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Charm City on Sunday.

Fun race, I loved the natural barrier by the tree. raced in the Cat3/4 35+ race instead of Cat 4. Race starts and we all take off, as we cross onto the grass about 4-5 guys went down in front of me. got around those guys and took off. felt pretty good in the beginning but man what fast group. i held my own, picked off a few people, especially at the natural barriers but I got picked off by several people too.

Also thought we were doing 3 laps......nope 5. helps to pay attention.....
 

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2 dropped chains (one I had to pull over and fix it as 3-4-5 [?] riders rode right passed me), 1 crash. 2nd to last place! Oh well. :)
 

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That tree is one of the 2 best features in the Mid Atlantic (of races I've done). That and the back 9 at Sander are great.
 

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S#cks being short, eh?:p
 

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FWIW; this "old man" was not sore at all the following day. Just sayin:p
 

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Charm City on Sunday.

Fun race, I loved the natural barrier by the tree. raced in the Cat3/4 35+ race instead of Cat 4. Race starts and we all take off, as we cross onto the grass about 4-5 guys went down in front of me. got around those guys and took off. felt pretty good in the beginning but man what fast group. i held my own, picked off a few people, especially at the natural barriers but I got picked off by several people too.

Also thought we were doing 3 laps......nope 5. helps to pay attention.....
Saw that crash from the team area, at least 2 guys had broken enough stuff on the bikes to not even continue.
 

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Central Coats Cyclocross #1 at Fort Ord Ca. Was a great course to blow out the cob webs. Weather was good, the course was dry, and really sandy. Managed to avoid all the crashers, and there were plenty. Came home 18th, which was ok and a lot better than last year. Laps 1-3 were pretty consistent. Laps 4-5 were consistent too, but about 20 seconds slower. My low back began to hurt on lap 4. I struggled to get my heart rate up, and only spent a short amount of time over LT, even though I was going as hard as I could go. I think I was tired from 7 hours of moving and yard work the day before. Only made one tactical mistake by pulling clear for what I thought was the leaders of the 45+ group, only to get passed by 2-3 guys who I had just worked really hard to get around. The bike worked perfect.
 

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Yesterday was the beginning of 'cross season. I had a great time for many reasons. At about 4 am I was awakened by a massive thunderstorm. It wasn't simply raining, it was hailing as well. I smiled and went back to sleep dreaming of getting covered in mud during my race.

Dreams came true. The course had received a good soaking during the night and morning which made it perfect for 'cross. I was surprised at the solid attendance. Chequamegon was the same day so many who might have raced weren't there, but the quality wasn't lacking.

I took a lap and a half pre-ride and determined my tire pressure was too high. I also determined I need to cough up the cash for some Dugasts. The bike was bug free and I felt good so the only worry I had was how close to the rear would I be?
The field was smaller, 9 of us, but with big Greg there I knew it would be a hard day. He eventually passed me and wasn't satisfied with just one race. He immediately did the race after ours. Once Craig gave us the "go" I was able to get a good start. At the first corner I was 3rd but everyone went wide to the right and I hit the apex to the left side. I was rewarded with a smooth lane of fresh grass instead of 3" of mud. It may have only been for 30' or so but it allowed me to get everyone behind me and let my ego feel great.

I was taking the corners as smooth as I could and was barely anaerobic. The first true climb would have seen me drop to the rear in previous years. Instead I killed it and was a few bike lengths ahead of the next guy. I helps being nearly 40 pounds lighter than last cross season.
It wasn't until the run-up to the church where I showed a weakness. Apparently I can't lift my knees and run up a hill. I see a lot of running up the sled hill at Olbrich Park in my future this fall. I slipped a couple of places after the run-up but once on the bike I was fine again.
I think we did 8 laps in the 45 minutes. I remember Katy catching me with 4 laps to go and letting her get around me on the first climb so she could stay in touch with Andrea Matter's twin sister. I stayed on her wheel for the rest of the lap and we chatted a bit. I passed her with some authority on the first climb a lap later and she asked "did you take a short cut?" Thanks Katy, that made my day. I got back on the pain train for the next lap and after the church run-up I wanted to hurl. I kept what little I had in my stomach down, but I knew I couldn't go much harder. That's the taste of a good 'cross race: the grit of mud mixed with stomach contents.

I gave my camera to Ms Pink and she took most of these great pictures, Thanks Vicki.

For pictures go to My World below. Oh yeah, I was 4th.
 
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