Finding my racing legs

As we tiptoe toward Spring (yes, it snowed here this week), there are some signs of exciting things to come. On Thursday I visited my trusty bike mechanic who replaced my failed shifter with a spare from my cross bike. I also picked up my team kit for Team Bikeway.com. I ordered it during the winter with thoughts that I might try a race depending on how the legs felt by spring.

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Johnny Cake Lane, Race #3

My husband quickly put his new kit to use, entering his first road race yesterday at the Johnny Cake Lane race series in Coxsackie, NY. It was windy. It was cold. There was a high-speed crash. People were getting dropped right and left. And I had an incurable urge to throw on my new kit and enter the mix. It’s time to get past the fear of old injuries and a bad experience mountain bike racing and start scanning BikeReg for possibilities. The fire inside me keeps burning stronger, my form is coming along, and best of all, I’ve learned to finally listen to my body and to give it the rest it needs.

Any first-time racing words of wisdom from my friends in blogland?

Crossing over: CX at Brewery Ommegang

Mud, beer, cowbells….suffering. These are the elements of a great cyclocross race. And NYCROSS‘s annual race at Brewery Ommegang delivered a healthy dose of all four. We’ve had the course on our “must do” list for years, so we finally rounded up a couple of friends and headed to Cooperstown on Sunday. Rob and Chad decided to give cross racing a try (“It’s only a half hour, how tiring can it be?”). They quickly found out that what the course lacked in mud, it made up for in the amount of suffering it inflicted. One steep climb quickly split the pack and an off cambre turn dumped riders at the foot of a set of barriers. Continue reading