Sunday, May 6, 2012
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Then we bundled up and headed out to Holcomb Farm CSA to pick up a locally grown tree. We also get vegetables from the farm every week during the growing season. It is wonderful to be able to pick up vegetables by bike and give Lars his tractor fix at the same time.
At the farm Lars spent a bunch of time playing with Bruno, a black and white cat, while we picked out a tree. We all enjoyed hot cider and gingersnaps from Lost Acres orchard.Once we pick out the tree, Patty helped me tie it up so that it would fit on the trailer and then I used several tie down straps to securely fasten it to trailer. Mel got Lars back in the trailer and we headed out on our adventure home. It was fun to see the responses of passing drivers and people in their yards as we rode by with the tree.
It was a bit of a challenge to ride with the tree. When the tree swayed the bike was tough to control. We did make it home safely and were pretty excited to have gotten our tree without using the car.
If you live in the east you know that it was extremely windy and cool yesterday. As much as the wind can be a real challenge to ride into it was certainly welcome as it rained all day on Friday.
I lined up for the 35+ race with about 70 other racers including the National Champion and 3 of my road teammates from the Horst-Benidorm-Property Research Corp. team. The course had lots of wide open stretches that would work well for the extremely fit racers and not so well for those (like myself) that have good technical skills and not enough fitness.
Needless to say the race started off fast on a cinder track for almost a whole lap and then we headed up a muddy run-up. The Horst toes spikes came in extremely handy for this. I was able to make up ground on this section every lap as I did not slip at all. After the run-up was a fast downhill that led right into a horse jump that was about 2 feet high and then into a twisty section. This was the best part of the course for me. After that there were several sections of longer wide open stretches where I really struggled between lack of fitness and the wind. Thankfully in between the wide open sections were some more technical twisty and hilly sections where I could make up time.
Even though I didn't feel perfect it was a fun race and helped me work on my top end fitness.
Lars and Mel got to see the start and then he wanted to retreat to the car to warm up and as he told Mom, "stay in the car and play trucks all day." Even though they didn't get to see too much of the race it was great to have them there to support. I may do one more race next week depending on how training and the first week back at work from a week and a half off go.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
As of last night we had 78 people preregistered. We ended up with about 180 people racing today.
The course turned out to be a good blend of muddy sections to grind (literally) through and fast smooth. It turned out that the rain did little to the course.
For the first cross race of the year for me, I felt OK. Especially since I got home at 11am yesterday after flying all night Friday to get home from Mexico in time to set up the course.
I will post some pics as soon as I get them.