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    My first CX race was today.

    43 y.o. Have not exercised regularly since 2009. Bought a bike 12 days ago. Heard about a race near my home. Entered. Wrecked in first minute of race. Came in last. Am unfathomably sore, can barely bend my right knee. Pain everywhere to the point of dismay at what morning will bring. Tasted my own blood.

    Received gracious applause, and a beer, during race. Laughed on bike while believing there was actually a legitimate chance I might die.

    This is probably a common first time experience.

    This is an awesomely weird sport. Road biking+BMX+Olympic Style Prison Breaking.

    Looking forward to the next one, in 4 weeks.

    Damn, my knee hurts.

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    Hahahaha - (I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you) -- Look at it this way: Nowhere to go but ↑up↑

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    Right on man! That sounds like one heck of a great day!

    Pain is weakness leaving the body, and chicks dig scars, especially if they have a good story behind them.

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    Yep. Sounds like you did it right.

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    Bravo for having the testicular fortitude to get out there and do it!!! That's the hardest part and you've already done it!

    Now for some training/conditioning. Good luck with future races.

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    I know how you feel man. I have only done 2 CX races so far. Luckily I haven't wrecked but it's friggin' fun as hell.

    I just know I will have to do alot more MTB in order to improve with CX. I do a crapton of road riding, but I think alot of MTB riding will vastly improve CX skills.

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    Wrecking is racing! Way to go man, sounds like you did it right beer hand up and all! Sounds to me like you are hooked.


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    I've only done 2 races so far and have had a few things go wrong. You just keep going till the race is over. I went down in my first race. My rear tire slid out in a loose sandy corner.

    In my second race yesterday I lost focus on my last lap and almost missed a turn. I ended up getting the tape marking the course wrapped around my handlebars. I also ripped a hole in my bib shorts on my right thigh when they got caught on my saddle during a dismount.

    Its alot of fun and I am looking forward to next weekends race.

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