Reality bites. After a couple of "unusually" good races for this slow old guy, started to think I was BACK. You know, able to race, to get in there.
And then came Flatirons. Oh, Yea. NOW I remember. I ain't much of a bike racer after all.
LONG, sucking hills in velcro grass. STEEP run ups (oh, yea, and TWO of them a lap....). Yep, everything I can't really do in a Cross race. Nothing like that to put one back right in their place.
Really, it was not THAT bad, I had a crappy start, and really could not move up too much because of my inability to put out enough watts on the hills, but all in all, not a complete disaster. 27th place is not the end all of suckitude by any means, but sure not where the last 2 weeks had left me.
Outside of the 2 run ups and the seemingly endless climb up boggy grass, the race was a full on hoot. LOTS of off camber and twisty bits to make it a challenge. Sweet drop off the start drag on the grass, with a mildly scary looping drop to the bottom that seemed to give a lot of folks a hard time. Killer hard uphill switchback, and some ROUGH, fast descents almost made up for the gagging, tounge dragging climb. All in all a good time.
The RaceRite lap timing is pretty cool, besides being able to watch your friends & teammates times WHILE THEY RACE on your phone, seeing each lap time on all the races lets you see when you had "problems" during the race. Mine showed a solid, consistent 3 laps while I struggled to stay on the back of a group. After that group broke up, and I sagged off the back, I had 2 laps that were almost 20 seconds a lap slower, before getting woken up on the last lap by a hard chase behind me. Got back up to my first lap times on that last one. Stupid lap times let you see when you "drift off" and start slacking a little bit. It takes just a HINT of backing off to start loosing a LOT of time.
This weekend brings a return of the joy that is Frisco. Cross at 9K. Again, not really my course, but thinking I'll do the double this coming weekend, since I have to miss the Boulder Cup/Colorado Cross classic weekend the next. Have to skip 2 good races, all for the joys of a visit to wonderful Los Angeles. However, Frisco might put enough hurt on me to last that 2 weeks.
This week My seat-cam is a bit short. Some idiot forgot to clear the memory card prior to the race, so he ended up with only about 4 minutes of the race. At least it was not one to loose any sleep over. Have at it.
Cyclo-X Flatirons - Men 45+ cat 4 - 9/28/13 from Dale Riley on Vimeo.