MFG changed their race times so all women except single speed and beginner women raced together at 12:40. I was a bit skeptical about racing with all women, but it ended up being pretty fun. Girl bike gang!
|rolling up to the start|
Within about a minute of hearing "go!" I was reminded how hard cross is. I'm not talking about the course being technical, because this one wasn't, I'm talking about it being so freaking phycially demanding. I feel somewhat in shape from swim/bike/running, but this is a whole new game. My heart rate was crazy high and I was sucking wind THE ENTIRE TIME. I'd try to coast on a couple downhills to recover a bit, but I didn't want to risk getting passed more than I already had been.
With all women racing at the same time, I had no idea who was in my category, so I just tried to pick off girl by girl in hopes I was making some gain. Well, all that gain went down the toilet when I ate it on an off-camber corner and all those girls got past me. I was happy that they took out this wooded section where I felt like I was going to eat shit every time I went through it last year.
Like I said, this course was not techical, there was one set of barriers, a few off-camber turns, and some deep-ish mud. No run-ups, no single track or other stuff I think is scary. I was not happy with my performance over the barriers. The approach to the barriers was slow and the dismount was over ground that was root-filled, so my confidence was lacking as I dismounted.
Overall, I had a blast! I was 16th out of 38 in Cat 4 Women. Lots more to learn, but having fun while doing it!