Keeping the wheels turning

Good times!

Good times!

Trundled up to the North West cx race in Rossendale this weekend. Always enjoy their courses and it would be a good opportunity to meet up with some new ‘Here Come the Belgians’. The course was already awash, so I knew it would possibly be a challenge, but heh this is cross racing!

Probably ran most of the course. When I say ‘ran’ I do mean ‘ran’ in the widest sense of the word ranging from a plod, to having my feet at ‘ten to two’ to get an edge. Not quite what I planned, whilst thrashing away on the turbo to improve my acceleration out of the bends. May be that was my mistake! A cross course can involve a fast hack with your shades on, or a total mud bath .

In retrospect it was a good learning experience and I realise I still don’t have the full set of armour! More importantly the course may be nothing like you predicted and the game plan will have to change. It may not be what you like, but it’s what’s required, if you want to play the game. So get your head round it!

Remember you paid for it, so you may as well enjoy it! See you at Beacon Park in the New Year.

Thanks to Bob Mc Minn for the use of a rather nice photograph.

The Ying and Yang of Cyclocross

Younger but racing for longer! Oh joy!

Younger but racing for longer! Oh joy!

Making the transition from a minimum of two hour MTB racing, to a  40- 60 min blast has not been easy. May be genetics have played a part and sadly I’m not getting any younger. Still with help and a lot of hard work I am making headway but as in many things in life, it’s not always an easy path. Having completed a block of short, hard, cyclocross specific training today it all went ‘pair shaped’! Guess that’s the ying and yang of sport. For every up there’s a potential down and a determined person refocuses; dusts themselves down and starts again.

So just because you’ve rested yesterday Phelan and driven over to the West Midlands final cyclocross race doesn’t mean it’s going to go well. Good start today but then disaster burping off a tyre. Then’curtains’! Oh well, I am sitting here thinking about all the positives I can claw back from today and just have to say to myself, this is just one of those annoying downs. Refocus woman because you have been pleased with yourself recently. This journey continues!

The face says it all! The 'pleasure' of cyclocross racing!

The face says it all! The ‘pleasure’ of cyclocross racing!