Nationals – Race 1 Today

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I race the Master’s race at 3 this afternoon here in Madison at Cyclocross Natz. The course is great, but is going to be ever changing. It is supposed to rain later this afternoon, hopefully after I finish. I didn’t ride a pedal stroke yesterday. I woke up yesterday morning and my knee was all swollen and I couldn’t bend it. I didn’t really remember hitting it crashing. So I decided to not do anything and try to keep it up, with ice on it, as much as possible. I abused Motrin when I was younger, I don’t get along good with it, but this was a special case, so I got some Pepcid and took Motrin all day. I know I’ll have a side ache during the race today, but that is the price I have to pay.

Catherine races at 11:30, so the logistics are a bit off. I’m going to ride over there around 10:30, watch her race and just stay. So, I’ll be at the course way too much before I race, but the race is only 45 minutes, so I’ll be fine.

Okay, that is all for now. As of now, I’m not too bummed about my knee, but I still haven’t put any pressure on it. This will be the first time in my life I’m going to race a cross race without having ridden the day before. I guess you have to change it up some to keep it interesting. I was worried about being out of energy, spending too much time on my bike and standing at the course. That definitely isn’t the case. Hopefully it will work out fine.

The course after the barriers is frozen mud, which is rideable.

The course after the barriers is frozen mud, which is rideable.

Here's Tommy Matush, who cleared the course of all the snow.  Tommy rode for 7-11 back in the early 90's.

Here’s Tommy Matush, who cleared the course of all the snow. Tommy rode for 7-11 back in the early 90′s.

I spent most my day just like this.  I am kind of proud of myself, I usually don't have that sort of restraint in me.

I spent most my day just like this. I am kind of proud of myself, I usually don’t have that sort of restraint in me.

I guess I'm supposed to wear my Worlds Jersey in the race tomorrow.  I don't mind, since it is the only Master's race I'll be doing this year.

I guess I’m supposed to wear my Worlds Jersey in the race tomorrow. I don’t mind, since it is the only Master’s race I’ll be doing this year.

The room is a mess trying to lay out piles of clothing for each part of the day.

The room is a mess trying to lay out piles of clothing for each part of the day.

We ate pie at Hubbard Ave. DInner tonight.  I love pie.

We went by Hubbard Ave. diner tonight for dessert. I love pie.

I agree with this saying completely.

Can’t argue with this.

9 thoughts on “Nationals – Race 1 Today

  1. Clay Moseley

    Wow, Tommy Matush! There’s a blast from the past. Cool to see he’s still involved. Good luck with the race and hope your knee holds out. You know how it is: you only have to “one-off” the race. Give it hell and then recover well afterward. -CM

  2. JB

    @Rod-
    even if Steve was racing Worlds, he isn’t allowed to wear the rainbow jersey in that race.
    per UCI
    just like current national champions cannot where their jerseys in their respective championship race

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