This wasn't any type of high-powered race, and it was not my kind of course, but I think it was a big win for me in a few different ways so it was time for a race report....
Up to this point, I've only done time trials since the tragedy at the Mariposa Stage Race. So this was not only my first cyclocross race in about a year, it was my first mass start race since Bootjack. Honestly, I'm a bit burned out on road racing, but my first love (in bike racing, of course!) has always been cross. And so I was really hoping I could get back to it.
However, the week after Nationals, we did an overnight backpacking trip and I sprained my ankle. So I hadn't been able to do much training for cross. Or much training at all. I got to where I could go to work without my brace 2 days before the race and had my personal athletic trainer (yes, jeff) tape me up good and tight on race day. I was a bit nervous, but just figured I'd do what I could. I didn't register until I rode the course a couple times to be sure it wasn't too technical to be safe with my ankle. I just figured I'd race as hard as I could, and just go easy on any dismount or technical sections and not worry about a little lost time or results.
Fortunately, there was no killer run-up section which my ankle was very happy about. There was some ridiculous barricade section with 2 sets of double barricades, then a single barricade somewhat far removed. Yes, it was so the hotdog guys could remount and then bunnyhop the last one. The rest of us just ran for what seemed like forever. But my ankle was behaving itself and these awful barricades were where I was able to gain some advantage, unlikely as that would seem.
Anyway, after the 48 minutes of racing over endless sand, gravelly hardpack, and iceplants, I ended up the winner of the women's 45+ field!
Now, it wasn't a huge field, but it was a huge win for me. It reminded how much fun it is to race, especially to race well. Not to mention how much fun it is to win. How much I enjoy the cross crowd and the friendly competition. I got hellos and hugs from so many people I hadn't seen in a year which was supercool. Very good to see you MissMary, Russell, Tasha, Janel, Edwin, Trina, and Everyone!
So, yes, I'll probably have this damn ankle taped all season as I'm not taking any chances with it in the crazy world of cross. And I still don't know if I'll ever do another road race or crit again. But I know I can still race cross. That it's a part of racing that I haven't lost. And I don't have to decide on what I'll do come road season. Because right now it's cross season and I am a cross racer!
Last edited on Mon Oct 26th, 2015 03:08 am by bunny