Monday, January 19, 2009

Racing and Goldie

So I raced more cyclocross this weekend and had a great time, mostly. I had hard time keeping my bike upright. Not sure why, but I crashed Sat and Sun. Anyway, my crash Saturday put parts of my bike where they don't belong (in the rear wheel) and I was 30sec into the race and dead last of 14. I bent things back and got going again. I rode really fast apparently (my second lap at 7:41 was faster than the next fastest lap by anyone in my race, 8:00). I caught all but 3 people and finished 4th. Pretty good.

Sunday it had thawed out and it was a little sloppy on a little mud. Really fast start to get to the single track first. I was 5th going into it and the rest of the folks behind me (8 of them) were way spread out. My teammate was 3rd and he slipped on the mud and crashed, then somehow I fell too. I landed softly and got up quick. My teammate had the bent bike part problem I had on Saturday. I chased hard and at some point I caught, what I thought was a lapped teammate, who let me draft and recover while he pulled me up to a guy I was chasing. Technically illegal since my teammate wasn't dropped, but pulled out of the race (feeling sick) and got back in. He should be DQ'd. Anyway, I caught the guy I was chasing and blew by him with 1 lap to go. I rode really hard and beat him by 50 seconds. I rode real hard sicne I was afraid if I crashed or did something stupid, I'd have time to spare. I fell over after I crossed the line in exhaustion. I finished 3rd of 13 for my first top 3 placing in a bike race ever!!! And all I got was a coffee mug full of Double Bubble. Either way, my racing is coming along in terms of physical ability, confidence in cornering and hammering down scary stuff full speed, and not fearing a tumble.

I also saw a Snowy Owl near where the race was. Yes, a Snowy Owl is a tundra species and it is only the 10th record in Tennessee. VERY rare. Folks from 5+ hrs away came to see the bird. Huge white owl. They are rare in Pennsylvania in winter, so in TN they are really rare. I only saw it from ~200+ yards, so not a great look, but....

I'll post race picts before long and Bec will post about Memphis. Sorry I missed the event, but you know I don't work my rear off for 3 months to not race. At least I am getting good results, finally!

Oh yeah, the other half of the title involved Goldie. She comes inside while I hold the door open, rather than propping it open and walking away. She's better when it is food time. She even came up to me today while I was on the couch and let me pet her, she even shimmied closer. Huh.