I discovered my big gear today.
And although I still didn't feel good, I was much faster at Estabrook Park, the 8th WCA race of the series. Beat a couple of guys who are strong TTs on the road. But I don't think either one was feeling his best today. There's definite improvement.
I replaced my 46 with a 44-tooth ring, and that allowed me to stay in the big ring all day today. I kept shifting last weekend, and was waiting for the chain to get sucked in. I rode the Williams wheels with Challenge Grifo XC file treads and flew on the mostly grassy crit-style course.
The previous weekend featured two WCA races, and both were top-notch. Halloween Cross at Washington Park was better than ever. Luke and the Trocodero boys added a stretch and utilized more off-camber technical turns. I loved the course.
On Sunday, Herman and I traveled to Madison for the first ever cyclocross race at a Madison city park. Nice course with some challenging terrain. The best feature was a sweeping off-camber descent of a hill. The only downside was the run-up. I'm not a fan of long, steep run ups any longer! I felt okay on the day, but didn't feel like I was going until there were only two laps to go. I would have liked another two laps at that point.
Tomorrow, Roscoe and I travel to Woodstock, Illinois. I'll do the 30 plus and get my old man's ass handed to me. But it's good training to stay in fields of that size.
And with my new chain ring, I'll be able to hammer along, even though the course description promotes a lot of hills.
I'm getting sad the season is already more than half over. There are only three WCA races left, another three Chicago races, and Jingle Cross in Iowa. That's it.
Can't wait for nationals to extend our season. Even if it is in the middle of the damn winter.
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- Jingle Cross Rookie
- That's It!
- I'm not done yet
- Mom I'm Changing Majors!
- Not Quite What I'd Hoped For
- Kansas Double Race Weekend
- Some People Can Race Sick
- Sun Prairie CX? More Like Cold Prairie!
- Double Down Saturday
- ChiCrossCup - Woodstock
- Ummmm...it's bumpy?
- One Bigger Gear...
- 'Cross STL Style
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