That is what I said on Monday as I left work. I told my co-worker that I was going to get bruised and battered while practicing for cyclocross. Well next time I will be more careful what I say.
As you can see from the photos I had a fun night on the bike.
I recently started up a Monday night ladies CX practice due to the fact I had heard of several fabulous women wanting to race CX this year but need to know how. I somehow convinced Civil Racer to coach us (there was promises of beer after races) and got 10 ladies to come out and get dirty rollin on some dirt, grass, sand, and a little pavement.
Pavement got me first. I was trying to carry something in my left hand, hit a pot hole and lost control. I went down hard on my right side. Bike crash #2 in now in the history books. No time to wallow in my wounds it was time to work on dismounting, lifting the bike, going over a barrier and then remounting without breaking stride. I have been working on this for a few days now and had success with it. I did it about 50 gazillion times and on the 51st missed the bike and went down again. This time it was grass so not as bad. I got back up dusted myself off and got back on the bike.
After working on some more skills it was time for hot laps. This is where you go at “race speed” around the full course. Now I was a little tired and the right leg was starting to hurt from the first fall so I was not going to hit it as hard as I should be but still did not want to slack too much. As all of us took off I felt okay but still hung in the back. I stayed pretty much within site of the group until the last part of the course but still had someone with me and then it happened crash #3 for the day. This one was much worse for me then than first two. I was still on the grass but this time I hit hard on my left side and hit my head (thanks goodness for my helmet) and was going faster than I had been on any other crash. This one I did not get up and get back on the bike. I lay on the ground wondering what the hell happened. I tried to stand but thought better of it and went right back to laying down. When I got around to opening my eyes again I was surrounded by people. Crap, I really hate to worry people so I let one of the ladies (studying to be a kick butt nurse) check me out and then got up. I was a little shaky and hurt but nothing serious. But I was DONE. Not for life just for the night. I was beat up and tired. I did get back on my bike and ride to the car but that was about it. I am happy to report that I got on the bike and did it all over again the next day.
One important thing to remember about the River Road Country Club course is that it has an enclosed dog park and many good dog owners take their dogs to the park and let them run free inside the gate. Many BAD dog owners let their dogs run free outside the gate. This is bad bad bad. I am a dog lover and have two of my own but would never let them off leash when there are other people in the park enjoying something other than dogs. So far this season I have been chased and barked at by dogs, rolled through and stepped in crap, with little regard from their owners. A warning to dog owners I will kick your dog in self defense. If one tries to bite me or chase me I will react. Please Please Please keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them.
The great Mountain Bike Race of 2011 did not happen today due to Mother Nature dumping a fair amount of rain on Louisville starting at 4am. Funny thing my first thought as the thunder and my scared big dog woke me up this morning was oh crap there goes all the spray paint we marked the course with then it was you better not keep this up MN or I am not going to be a happy camper. Well she did not listen to me and it rain until about 9am. Uggggg all that work down the drain (really down the storm drain). So no race today, BUT we are going to have it next week on Sunday August 14 same place and race time.
Now the good that did come out of this weekend is I got on my MTB that I have had for over a month. I was not really planning on riding it much as I did but hey we had a race course to mark and well I just kind of started to help and ended up on the bike, on trials, for about 2.5 miles. I did have to walk some of the sections but I had some really cool and super experienced people with me that helped me through some sections and taught me a few tricks. I was pretty proud of myself and pretty tired as well. Also I did not have padded shorts on so I was getting pretty sore on my bum. Over all it was fun. I hope to be back on the MTB again soon after a few adjustments.
That was all on Saturday and I was not really expecting to get a ride in on Sunday with the race but the race did not happen so I was thinking about a road ride. I have been a big ol lazy slacker in the last few weeks and needed to show some love to my bike. Well that did not happen BUT CivilRacer called me in the AM saying let try some Cyclocross. Not the plan B that I had made for the day but why not move to plan C? So we set a time and I invited along a teammate, Marge. Part so I would not lose it on CivilRace (I love him, I really do, I promise 😉 ) but mostly so I had someone else learning with me. I do much better in a team then by myself. I will not go into the details of my having to change the tires over on my cross bike from the road ones and how the bike pump I bought did not work, lets just say when we were done riding I hit up the bike shop for a new pump that will be in the car with me at all times. Once I, I mean him, got the tires on and ready to go and Marge shows up we are ready to roll. We roll the course and then it was time to do the scary part of cross, dismounting and mounting your bike while it is still in motion. I let Marge go first, yes she still loves me and she did not fall on her face, well not the first time. I went and did not really get it but still did not fall. CivilRacer watched a few times makes some changes and we are getting better and better. Then we have to work getting off, picking up the bike and carrying it over a barrier and then getting bake on, all while not breaking stride. OH BOY. We start with a small barrier and them move to a bit bigger one. I think I mush have done it 50 times. I will not say it was pretty but it was much better at the end and Marge and I looked pretty hot while trying. I also got to see CivilRacer miss a few times so I felt about 100 times better. I can say it was a blast and I am sooo ready for more. So tomorrow I will be at it again making bruises on top of bruises and more cuts added but I am okay with that as long as I am still having fun.
After we were all done with the mini clinic Marge and I took a little field trip across the river to Clarksville Schwinn so I could get a new bike pump and she wanted to check it out. I also got myself a little present, some PINK bar tape. I will be posted pics when I get it on the bike.
For a day the started with some bad news and weather it ended pretty good. I got to hangout with cool people doing something I love and ended the day with some good ice cream with the family. Not a bad Sunday if you ask me.
Haha, well not really but I did get quoted in the Courier Journal (the local Louisville, KY newspaper) about bike racing and being on the only all female team in the city. It is a really great article and Paul did a wonderful job writing it. You should all check it out.