It’s been exactly 224 days since January 9, 2015, which was the Master’s 30-34 CX Nats race.
And it’s 24 days till Cross Vegas 2015.
Seems like a good time to pick up the blog again. To the 6 people who viewed this blog this month, my apologies.
When I left off, I had just finished the Non-Championship race at nationals. This is a quick recap of my Master’s race.
Friday was my Master’s race, the event I had been peaking for all year. I warmed up on the rollers at the house then cruised to the start. It was cold for this island boy for sure. I went Aero helmet with hat, long sleeve wool base layer with long sleeve skinsuit, embro on the legs, and long fingered gloves.
Lined up and at least this time I was on the 5th row, not the 12th row. (Still the last row).
I tried to be aggressive off the line. It paid off down the start straight and I went from 40th into top 20. But I was maybe a little too aggressive. I took the inside line on a much larger rider half way through the first lap and I tried a little “Low-High” action. We both went down and both got back up quickly. But the cable on my left shifter snapped and I was effectively testing out a Sram CX1 setup, without a CX1 setup. I only had a 38T to use on the front so it was all about shifting the rear effectively.
It was a hard race: colder, slicker, and way more windy. I tried to stay smart, ride everything I could, and finish strong. I ended up 28th place and the 5th Cat 3 there. For my first ever Nationals, I’ll take it.
Take home points.
1. Starting position means a lot. If you have a great call up, take advantage of it. If you don’t, do everything you can to get one.
2. Be prepared. I had to buy a base layer from REI the day before. That thing saved me.
3. Handle the unexpected. I didn’t stress out about losing my big chainring. I just kept racing.
4. Finish strong.
Most of you know about the debacle related to the Elite race that Sunday. It honestly left a bittersweet taste in my mouth about an otherwise awesome city and awesome trip. Here’s to USAC getting it right next time.