#4 Charlotte, Veterans Park. Warm and sunny. Low humidity. Start is a nice holeshot sprint into a steep short hill. You know happens there. First half of course has 2 sand pits back-to-back, a set of double barriers, a run-up (or ride up if you can ride two steps - most ran), and hill that sucks all remaining oxygen out of you. Second half is a flat fast winding ride through pavement and grass. I rode through the first sand pit and carried the second. Watching the p/1/2s ride through both pits, lap after lap, lets you know that any self-congratulations on strength were premature.
#5 Salisbury Community Park. Record warm day for Nov 8. Another day of low humidity. CX4 has 50 some starters. I try to get to the line early and I'm sixth row. This course is mostly dry and flat. Most turns are wide and fast. The less braking the better. One run up with 4 steps. I saw no one ride it. One set of double barriers. Single track into the woods in one section had a steep hill. Robbed of one position in a grass straight leading into the barriers. I heard the wind up behind me and I tried to match it but I was overtaken just before a 180. Then it was turn-turn-turn-turn-barrier-wide 180-finish. I may have had my best finish yet in this series.