I’m not sure that racing today at the UCI race in Louisville is the proper venue for me to get back into cross this season, but that is how it is going to be. Yesterday I had a good time leading a cross clinic for a couple hours late in the afternoon. There was a good turnout, something around 30 or so riders. Tim Johnson and Peter Weber did a kids group that had maybe twice that many. It was super cool.
The course is many grass, no real mud, but tricky in a couple off-camber places. I’m having a little trouble picking my bike up over the barriers and up the stairs, but I’m sure I’ll be fine during the race. It seems like after I use my shoulder a couple times, it starts working better somewhat. It is funny how little pains aren’t even on the radar screen when you’re racing.
I have no UCI points, so I’m going to be starting close to the very back I assume. There are 64 guys registered for the Elite men’s race at 4 pm, so that is going to be around 8 rows back. That is fine. I’m going to hate it when I get to the line, but that is the way it is, so I’m going to have to deal with it.
Just about everyone good in the country is on the start list. Plus a couple good foreigners. One thing, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to have to sit up and not finish in the top 15 to avoid UCI points. There is almost no chance for me to finish that well. I have no plans on going to Master’s Worlds in January anyway, so having UCI points isn’t really an issue now.
If you want to watch the races live on the internet, Cyclingdirt.com is doing live coverage. I think you have to subscribe, but I’m not sure. Here is a link to their website. The women’s race is at 3 and the Elite men’s race at 4 pm EST.
I’m going to go for an hour or two this morning on my road bike to try to loosen up some from the flight and standing around all day yesterday at the course. I’ll be fine today, but will probably be stiff, sore, tired, etc. on Sunday. Riding around on grass at speed is really hard. I had sort of forgotten how hard until I did it yesterday.