|Remounting and riding away after the barriers for now.|
With temperatures not rising above 28 degrees, the course remained frozen for all but 2 or 3 laps of the Elite Men's race. The track was long and flat, twisting and turning over athletic fields and around trees. Two sets of barriers, a sandpit, and a flyover were laid into the track to test the best of the best. Being so far into the season, I only made it through 2 1/2 laps before full system shut down and resulting in the first DNF of the Cyclocross season.
That said, leading up to the full system shut down, I cannot say things felt great. In warm up, I was able to rip through on my bike, everything was comfortable and I felt powerful from the weeks preparation of both running and riding. By the time the race came about later in the afternoon, I had lost the sensation of speed and comfort lingered back to the warmth of the van which I would estimate remained at about 50 degrees throughout the day. A warm refuge after a massive debacle of a race.
Closing out the season with a DNF is not my idea of finishing on a high note. However, I think it is myself telling me (confused? good.) that it is time to take a break and let things recover before building for speed in the 2012 spring, summer and fall seasons. I will be taking the next few weeks (until January 1, 2012) to rest and just futz about with whatever Tubular Adventures come my way. Rest assured, skiing will most definitely be a good portion of said Tubular Adventures.
Until 2012, Arc hard, ride fast and go plaid!