I had planned on the first Cross on the Rocks race being the kick off to the cross season, but when Regan found this Langley BC Cup race we jumped at the opportunity for some early season pain. With Regan's Master's Men category starting 3 mins ahead of us women, I was bound and determined not to let the guys catch me.
Off the gun I pulled my favourite move...hammer!!! Long straight away, first corner smooth, long straight away.....waaaay too much speed into the second corner and off into the pumpkin patch....literally! Sideways skid in deep powdery rubble....it took me half the length of the third straight away to get myself back on the track.
I'm getting pretty good at my dismounts/mounts...and somewhat good at my run ups (stair sprints may be a good thing), and I put a gap on the field going up the looooong run up. Jean Ann who was right on my wheel tried to ride and dabbed dropping back to 4th. Back on the bike, a little tight dusty single track and out on the double track.
After the first 2 laps I saw the 6 laps to go card and had second thoughts about how hard I'd gone out....good training! I had Jean Ann breathing down my neck the whole race, just out of touch but close enough to make me keep the pressure on....though we both did take the time for the whiskey feed. Highly NOT recommended!!!! Most of it came back up, and I still had 2 more full laps to go.....is it good training when you're maxed out and your throat is burning, and not a good burn at all.
|Photo by Doug Brons|
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