Did the West Point Cyclocross race yesterday and let me tell you, that was the hardest 30 minutes of my life. Being that this was my first cross race, and I haven’t spent a TON of time on the machine practicing technique, I was scared shitless. I only had a chance to pre-ride the course twice, and after the first time, I almost allowed myseld to be a DNS. But bonCourage! isn’t about DNS, and it doesn’t care about DFL. bonCourage! is pouring your heart into it, giving it what you’ve got, and getting better every time. bonCourage! doesn’t back away because the course looks too intimidating — no, we plow through the tape and take each experience and learn from it.
For what it’s worth, I expected this, but it was MUCH more technical than that:
I’ll try not to bore you with too many of the details, I finished DFL (dead frickin last), though that’s where I started — certainly wasn’t going for the holeshot today knowing I’d end up blocking too many strong riders. I was not expecting the technicality of the course, I went down in the sandpit twice on the first practice lap, the second time having someone fall on top of me. I shouldered the bike through for the actual race. I need to spend some serious time focusing on my remounts, though from my spot at the back I was able to take my sweet time and not impede anyone elses progress.
Now I have a better understanding of what I need to focus on. For one, I need to build my core and get my center of gravity lower so I can toss the bike around the hairpin turns. Dismounting is fine, but remounting is definitely a weak point. I can jump barriers, timing is good there. Riding rough rock safely is a little hairy. Perhaps some mountain biking is in order.