First cross race, Psychocross in Eugene, Oregon.
I am a 53 year old Clyde, so I am a Beginner Fat Master.
The course was different than I had expected: very hard bumpy farm ground, fist-sized river rock salted through the course in densities from scattered to loose and deep, deep runs of loose road gravel, and a root-crossed run of rolling single track, and more.
Neither my bike nor my butt have experienced anything like this course, having done only road riding since purchasing the bike. This course was termed "technical" by one of my friends riding it - again, I've never ridden a mtn bike, and a mtn bike would have been prime for this course.
Didn't have mount/dismount mastered, so I deferred to a more stately removal and repositioning of my duff on the bike. Figgered I had enough to worry about just trying to remain vertical. In the end, a good decision.
Finally used up my allotment of crashes - the single track really was working on me. The roots conspired to teach me the concept of "airborne", and other subjects related to pedals and roots and how never the twain should meet. I et lotsa dirt...
Finished DFL, except for the gent that flatted both front and back and did a DNF (well, he was in a different division, but on the same heat, so I will claim a position ahead of DFL). Last doesn't hurt too bad.
Amazed by the encouragement of the other participants. Guys lapping me were nice enough to compliment my effort as they whizzed by (maybe they were calling me names and the wind noise of their passing made it seem complimentary...). A cute twenty-something caught me after the race to relate her three endos from the week before, and to encourage the old phardt to keep at it. Other folks were full of encouragement as well.
Over much of the fear (this was my first entry, willingly, in ANY kind of race in my life), now need to work on mounts and dismounts and some more technical off-road riding. And my fitness. Dang - I had NO IDEA how intense this is. I am finding sore spots on my bod that I didn't know existed until tonite.
So, all in all, a success. I'll likely go again on Tuesday evening, see if I can get a dismount and a mount added to the resume by then. If not, I'll get another night to work on handling my bike. I just hope they don't put me on that cussed single track stretch on the new course....