Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's all about choices

Rained pretty much last night after a fairly dry week. Just to be "sure" I put my Kenda Kross Supremes on my Ritchey wheels. I got to Ed Sander Cross in plenty of time. Had enough time to give cxstraggler some shit about getting his ass in gear as he was chsanging and his race started in like 25 minutes. Was going to ride the course before the C race but ran out of time; no worries, I hopped on the trainer for about 1/2 hr. Got down to the pit, taking my extra wheels with me. Got on the corse and my XS's were everywhere in the slop so on my way past the pit I swapped out my wheels and rode the back side on the Kross Supremes. Much better, I thought. Got fairly decent start position and we were off. Thor was maybe 2-3 rows in front of me. Would I beat him today?
We head into the wet grassy area and I'm still good; great traction and I pass a few people. Then we hit the mud around the ponds. Have to get up and run since it's pretty much a cluster-f%ck on the 1st lap. I'm still just off the back of the main field. It's not untill teh 2nd lap that I realize why I don't use those f^cking tires; sure they have good grip, but they also don't shed the mud. My sub 18 lb bike now weighs like a million lbs, or so it felt like. Needless to say my legs were seriously fried and I think we only did like 4? laps. I didn't even beat the fat guy on the SS. I didn't get lapped, so I did beat some people. But it's a shame because my legs pre-race felt great. I should have just run my XS's and ran thru the mud. I would have been far better off.
At least there was Belgian waffles and adult beverages in the party zone. No Idea where I placed. It really doesn't matter....
Maybe next week I'll get Thor.
 

 

4 comments:

cxstraggler said...

AnyWhoo, Yeah thanks NvdK for pointing out my delinquency for not being there early enough, but did get a quick warm up in and had time to drop off my spare wheels in pit. I went with my sparsely treaded clinchers (Kenda kommando). They actually performed great in the mud considering. Yeah those mud sections, you just lost momentum, then bout the time you you got free it mud puddle center, and let me tell you some them were good sized ruts. I found that out the hard way. I didnt fare to well, but I beat my arch crossresults nemesis, Adam L. from Bike lane by like 3 places. So I did beat a few, but girlfriend mentioned how at one point she thought i wasnt moving ( in the muddy section) on the one lap out of four. Great so now i was riding in place in the mud. I tried to cheer you on, but you looked like you werent having the normal fun. Hey at least you finished and got some Beer and Belgians! There were more racers this year, and somehow finished in lower places then last year. Must be a conspiracy with my legs. Have to figure that out. Good to see you out there.

NVdK said...

Me too. My legs feel great but my results are not as god as last yr. Can't figure it out, although I'm pretty sure it was the stoopid tires I chose, as least that's my story. Next week, Hagerstown. Time to kick some bootay.

cxstraggler said...

Hey buddy, youbetter rip up the BCA in Hagerstown. you will be the lone Hupster. I cant make it that day, working 7p-7A Friday in saturday, so going to do Kelly's acres on sunday. Never been there but looks like fun. Went for a decent 20+ mile recovery road ride today to stretch the legs out a little, but it was windy and difficult to maintain a comfortable AVS. Yeah i saw the guy with the helmet cam and it was cool, didnt realize at the time he was with crosshairs. Stretch those legs out and show the haggers folks what Hup is about!

NVdK said...

I hope to. Thor told me that they added a few things to Kelly acres. Rip up the 4's, yo!I can't make that one. Soccer dad duties.