My goals for the Leroy Township ‘cross race (my 2nd ever “real” ‘cross race) were:
1. Finish the race
2. Finish better than dead last
3. Don’t get hurt
In last week’s Wendy Park race, I raced a whole 15 minutes when a flat forced me to abandon (no spare wheels for the bike I’m borrowing from Julie). So this week, I made sure to put a tube and pump in my pocket. Changing a flat might take 5 minutes but at least I’d finish.
Pre-riding the course, I was a bit nervous about trying to ride through the steep, 3 ft deep (or so it seemed) drainage ditch … 6 times per lap. The mental image of me flying over the bars was not one I wanted to actually experience.
But as it turned out, I managed. It was ugly, but I managed. I rode the ditches about half the time, ran half the time, and concluded that running was faster (for me anyway). I fell only twice, neither which were bad. It was more like I “fell over” than “fell off”. Whacked my knee against the bars and top tube a number of times.
I didn’t finish last. Only 4 guys lapped me. My knee was sore but otherwise I lived to ride again tomorrow.
At home I went to the backyard to clean the mud off the bike. As i was hooking up the hose, I somehow stepped in a hole and rolled my ankle (and feeling a painful ‘pop’). It hurt far worse than anything during the race.
Oh, the irony.