Monday, October 18, 2010
Bubba #1 and #2
The first 2 bubba cross races in St Louis were this weekend, the first was a 10pm start on saturday and the second an afternoon on sunday. Right now it is monday at 8:20pm and I feel like I've been going non-stop since saturday.
What to say about the bike racing this weekend?
Overall, I felt really good and had a great time. I was definitely in the mix near the front for both races, but things didn't quite go as I would have hoped in the middle to end of each.
Saturday night, I was in a chase group going after an incredibly dominating performance by Schottler, who apparently was riding pain-free for the first time in forever. The course was flat and a bit roadie biased, so I was in the pain cave with what I still feel is limited fitness. However, with 3 to go, I started to wake-up a bit. There was a single section with multiple turns and I decided to attack there with 2 to go. To soon. Got caught, then bobbled. Got gapped, then finished 5th (I think).
Sunday had a big hill. I like hills. Plus, my legs felt great and I ended up in a good spot off the line. Things were going along quite nicely until half-way through the race when I must have hit a stick so my rear derailleur and hanger were forced to snap. Oh well. Butthead was fixin to dish-out a bunch of pain at that point, so I got a nice excuse to avoid said suffering. Hopefully next week.