20 Nov Race Recap: NC CX Statesville
My words are becoming to mimic a broken record. Lacking or should I say SLACKING off my beautiful training plan. Lots of time in the car, only a handful of bike rides between the Boone Cyclocross race 2 weeks prior and that was also a joke.
Does it sound like I’m setting you up for a big let down of a result? Because I’m not. Just piling on the excuses to get you ready for a result I completely pulled out my rear.
Start was on a slight incline grassy straight with a hard 90 degree left turn into crossing the finish line. A couple turns and then you have your first set of barriers. A couple turns and you go down into a dried up pond, through sand and back up a little short kicker hill. Straights, turn right up the only hillish thing on the course (right into the head wind), across a meadow and then over the run up/barriers to hit some more twisty-ness. You snake through the back side of the course with little straight aways and mostly switch backs on yourself, which in my mind equals perfect. Then you hit a good straight away, left hand turn up a gravel road, 180 back down the grassy side of that gravel road and back to where you started.
I either had hole shot or 2nd into barriers. I felt good, not sprinting and then I tried to get back on my bike and mentally failed. Note to self: work on remounts for the next few weeks!!!
The whole race I was pushing, but not wanting the throw up until the last 1/4 of the race. It really felt like I was in the woods on a mountain bike the whole time! Pushing it to snag 6th and a few bike lengths from 5th. With over 20’sh girls on the course, I was happy with 6th with my lack of riding and focus!