NCCX race #2 – MOB Donkey Cross in Winston-Salem. I raced twice today (because I am an idiot)
Race #1 – Masters Cat 4 (old guys) – I decided to be more aggressive at the start, and despite the call ups, was still deep in the field at the start. I did push hard and passed several guys through the first lap to be in about 20th. Coming over the barriers the second time, my chain fell off and I tried to shift and pull it back on, instead, it sucked into the spider arms under the crank arm, I couldn’t pull it out, so I started running with my bike to the pits. Grabbed the pit bike (my old cracked mountain bike) and killed myself to catch and pass a half dozen in the last lap and a half. Finished 30th of 45 finishers.
Race #2 – Open Cat 4 (young guys) – This is a much bigger field and some may have never ridden a bike off a trainer judging by the bike handling I saw. I knew my legs were tired, and I had not recovered much, fixing the cross bike, finding a part, registering, etc. So I started in the back and wanted to use it as a training event. I had worked myself up to 30th-ish when my legs gave up the ghost, I just had no power on the hills or the straights. I could pull up to a group on the technical parts, but watch them pull away… I lost 10? spots on the third lap, the last lap, I didn’t catch anyone and no one passed me, guessing most were lapped. I still had a blast and can’t wait for Boone in two weeks. 49th of 59 finishers
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” was what I was singing before the sun came up – yep – the start of the real cyclocross season in NC was in Clemmons. Today’s course was technical, lots of steep, punchy up and downs and off camber fun.
My race: I didn’t have an aggressive start against the near 60 riders at the start line. But settled into a good spot and started picking off riders on technical spots, till I was alone with 4 or 5 guys and we started the battle amongst ourselves in the middle of the field. I was happy with the way I rode and didn’t feel like I could have gone harder… finished 27th. Tomorrow I race again in Winston-Salem.
I love new rubber! New tires for the Tacoma. These are wider than my current tires, but the same tires, I got almost 60,000 miles from the current set – can’t complain about that!
I spent a wonderful evening in the basement working on this. A 1998 Trek OCLV road bike. I bought the frame and fork for the fork to replace the fork on my same version of this bike that I bought new in 1998, but I think this one fits me better, so I built it from scratch. After a long week at work, it was so nice to just “dink” in the basement.
Flu shot. Last year I forgot (didn’t make the time) and got sick on the first day of winter break, and was sick through Christmas….not this year!
The total. 18 sharks teeth and 2 nice whale bones.
George Washington birthplace memorial.
We had a leisurely morning, packed camp and decided to visit the George Washington birthplace memorial. The monument is 1/10th the size of the one in Washington DC. The foundation of the original home (George moved when he was three) is outlined above and the site includes a memorial house built in the 1930s, a visitor center and period working farm examples. It was a nice to walk the empty grounds in the morning.
Driving north and stuck in Richmond, VA – Heavy rain and accidents = parking lot.