NCCX #5 – Boone

30 degrees, snow flakes and 20mph winds. Front row start, kind of blew it because I cannot churn the butter in the mud. A cold day I will not forget soon enough.

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NCCX #1 – Sanford

Well, that was horrible. All the bad things happened in this race, such as:

I had camera sideways in the mount and realized it 20 seconds before we started. So no video.
I missed my pedal at the start hard and lost a ton of spaces.
I dropped my chain on lap 2. Need to think about 1x again possibly.
on lap 5 I flatted my front tubular before the pit, thankfully I brought my singlespeed CX bike! I jump on and my rear wheel is not tight enough and twisting in the track drop outs, causing the tire to rub frame/brake. Couldn’t pedal hard at all and had to stop and kick the wheel to get it to SORT OF pedal. What a disaster.

Before the chain I was right outside the top 10 from the looks of it which hopefully is a common place for me. It seems that I decided to get ALL my bad luck out of the way and finish 24 out of 34 starters. FART NOISE.

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NCCX is here!

The last weekend before real CX happened last weekend. I realized June 30th has been a long time since we last spoke and I didn’t want to miss out and fulfill my duties in writing something for future purposes. Here comes some pictures before the words:

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We picked pumpkins. It was fun.

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Jack isn’t walking but he loves when we help him walk with this thing.

I found myself in between a rock and a hard place talking about cyclocross this year. Last year I winged it and it was not pretty. Well it wasn’t bad, but just had my mind on other things. I didn’t want to do that this year. I thought about it for a little bit and even reached out to Ken again, thinking about going down that rabbit hole of training with limited time. It works, but do I really want to do that this year? I needed to find a balance. I’ve been training for a long time and I think I can figure it out on my own. but I’m not that smart. I did some googling and ended up finding The Time Crunched Cyclist stuff. I was intrigued. Intrigued enough that I bought the book, even though I could find the CX training plan online. I browsed through it, but wasn’t sold. I consulted with people I look up to and were kind of wishy washy, I have enough miles in my legs, do it myself blah blah. The line of having something to follow and just throwing it together week after week is something that could get off track.

I did a month of JRAing religiously, with bigger 2-3 hour rides on the weekends. Then, straight into Week 1, Day 1. I jumped in and the pain of the efforts felt good, I felt good. It felt good to do them. JRAing Monday through Friday for an hour alone during lunch isn’t going to get it done, so why not bury myself? I started this kind of early because like all things, I like being as fit as possible for when the real races start. Another thing that came along with the intensity was the weight loss. Sometime in the early summer I was 165 or so, but since I’ve been keeping track, I’m down to 152. Didn’t think I got that fat, but the scale don’t line m’on!

The past 4 weekends was the QCCX pre-season series, in its first year of running. Had to support. Picture Ottos with 50-60 people. Not a bad turnout. I ended up having good races during all 2 of the 3 of them, (first one was a shock to the system) which I was happy about. I didn’t write words down for them because the fields were small and nothing really too exciting. But the dress rehearsal is over and we are ready for the big show.

I’ve been running the Stans Grails/PDX’s with awesome success, haven’t burped them at all. They are heavier than my tubular set, but I’m torn on what to run or “prefer” to run just yet.

So yeah, just a catch up. Will write a couple words down and hopefully continue the first lap videos.

Harrisburg Short Track – Wednesday Night XC Series

This event is right down the street from my house, so you know I had to go. I knew it was going to be fast as hell and the climb at the S/F was going to be rough. Also knowing Tsui was going to be involved it was going to be a showdown. We hit the first lap hard, and kind of roll a hard tempo the rest of the race. After 4/5 laps, I take the lead and try and see what is going to happen. Hard to really get away on this course and on the singlespeed for that matter. With each pass of traffic, we made sure the other person came along too.

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It came down to one lap, the last one. Since it is a short lap, it’s easy to watch:

 

I know back home, people would kill for a legit Wednesday night series with races within 40 minutes from your house. It’s a great way to get some efforts in you normally wouldn’t by yourself. Rich is a great rider and a awesome competitor to be around.

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