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Old 12-13-12, 11:14 AM   #1
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Last race of my first season

Sunday will be my last race this year. It's too bad. I've been having a great time. Next year, I'll be better prepared and hopefully a little more competitive.

Here are some observations.

Set your sights low. I'm still maintaining my original goal of not coming in dead last. I may be only a few places above but I have yet to see my name at the bottom of the page.

When you're slow and fat, 53/39 with a 11-25 cassette sucks. I mean, really sucks. I'd be in my bottom gear almost the entire race and then I'd hit an uphill. ugh. Next year, I'm moving to a CX crank and a better cassette.

Bike handling skills are really important but not as important as being fit. I have great skills from my 20+ years of mtb and trials but I'm 50 pounds overweight. Ride more and lose weight.

I can understand why 'cross is so popular. It's a blast to race and watch. I love finishing my race to the cheers of my fellow club riders and then getting the chance to cheer them on.

I should have started this sooner.
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Old 12-13-12, 12:01 PM   #2
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I should have started this sooner.
I can relate to this one.

Wish I had 20+ years of MTBing experience too.

My second season wraps up on Sunday. I think I'll be happy to be done, but I'm already thinking about next year.
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Old 12-13-12, 01:34 PM   #3
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When you're slow and fat, 53/39 with a 11-25 cassette sucks. I mean, really sucks. I'd be in my bottom gear almost the entire race and then I'd hit an uphill. ugh. Next year, I'm moving to a CX crank and a better cassette.
Careful with this one. Cross has a way of getting you into your lowest gear and keeping you there no matter what your lowest gear is. Having a lower gear available makes you slower. At least that's my experience.

Sunday will be my last race of the season too, if family schedule even allows me to make it to this one. This is my fifth season of CX racing and I've done 21 races this year, but I'm still not ready for it to be over. I'm also still telling myself I'll be a little more competitive next year -- hasn't happened yet but this will be the year that I find determination.
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Yesterday was my 6th and final race of my first season, and as said above I'm already looking forward to next season. I think I did pretty well as a rookie... never got lapped, no DFL finishes and only had one DNF but that was due to a mechanical. With a season under my belt, I am looking to be a little bit more competitive with a little bit more training and somewhat of a clue of what I am doing.

My only regret is skipping the first two races of the local series because I hadn't talked myself into going for it.
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Well, yesterday was it. I had my worst finish and at the state championships, too. It was still fun. I battled it out with someone. I saw him closing the gap and I just couldn't seem to pull away from him. He passed me in the sand but had given everything to do it, so I was able to cross the line ahead of him. What a fun day. I can't wait to do it all over again next season.
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I've got 17 races in so far & have 4 left after the new year. First year as a Cat 3 has left me humbled but motivated. I think the key is to come into the season with as much fitness & as little weight as you can from riding on the road or MTB racing.
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I've got 17 races in so far & have 4 left after the new year. First year as a Cat 3 has left me humbled but motivated. I think the key is to come into the season with as much fitness & as little weight as you can from riding on the road or MTB racing.
That's my goal for next year. I hurt my back and did very little riding prior to this season. I'm hoping I can stay healthy and ride like crazy. I won't be able to race much because I work at a bike shop and the summer is always crazy. I do have a couple of endurance rides I'm looking forward to doing so hopefully I can shed a few pounds and rock it out next year.
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My race season ended Dec 16. Couldn't stomach not racing any more, and am already tired of the trainer. Roads are too icy here to ride this weekend, so traveling to Chicago to race (forecast 37*.... there will be mud haha). Only 1 full term pregnancy until next season starts...
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