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Cyclocross Nationals – Live Streaming

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Cyclocross Nationals has been going on all week.  I haven’t been there, but from the photos and videos I’ve seen of the previous races, the course is ever changing and technical.  Mud that has turned to snow is now the course.  Right now it is 8 degrees in Hartford, with a high at 3 o’clock of 22.  So, the course is going to stay mostly frozen, depending on how sunny it is.  There might be a certain amount of thin, wet mud where it gets direct sunlight.  Not good for the cleats if this is on a south facing runup.

The schedule today is as follows –

9 a.m. – Junior men 17-18
10 a.m. – U23 women
11:30 a.m. – U23 men
1:15 p.m. – Elite women
3 p.m. – Elite men

I don’t really have any for sure predictions for the results of the Elite races today, since I haven’t been there and seen the course.  I’m sure it is going to be the usual suspects fighting for the jerseys.

I don’t see Katie Compton not winning her 13th straight Nationals Championship, but 13 isn’t a very lucky number.  Even with that, I think she will win.

I’m hoping the best for Amanda Miller. She had put a lot of effort into this season and her results show that.  If the course is right, and the stars were aligned just right, she has a chance to add to her Fatbike National jersey from a couple years ago.  This would be special.

The men’s race, well, depends too.  Of course J-Pow and Stephen Hyde.  They will both be riding at the front if things go good for them.  It is hard imaging a different result than one of them, but it is cross and the course might dictate a different result. Should be a great race to watch. (Thanks to a comment from my friend, Bill Elliston, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Jonathan Page as a contender for the win.  When it is tricky, he excels.)

The live streaming begins a tad before 9 am, east coast time.  I’ll post the video here as soon as they start streaming.    It’s an all day affair.   If you want to watch some of the other Nationals in Europe, click here for the links.   Enjoy.

 

 

 

Craziness, Nature and on the Move

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I can’t even listen to NPR or check out the news nowadays.  This stupid stuff that Donald Trump is tweeting is ridiculous for someone that isn’t a president yet.  And it would be worse for someone that is.   Why would someone in his position tweet, in 140 characters, that we need to “strengthen and expand” our nuclear arsenal?   I think we have a limit of 1550 strategic weapons now. Seems like enough to get rid of nearly all the people on the planet already.   I think he doesn’t understand the job.  Our new world.  We picked him.

I haven’t been riding the trainer, or outside, since Arizona.  I haven’t been feeling so  well. Actually, I’m just sick.  When I got back, Kris was sick, which means normally, I was going to get sick.  But being sick is secondary to all the other stuff, so it seems sort of minor.  Head cold symptoms don’t seem so bad compared to a TBI.  Weird how that is.

Tucker loves it cold.  He can’t run enough.  And he likes the snow.  We’ve been taking him to a park nearby and he goes crazy.  I like walking.  It seems to be replacing riding, sort of.  I don’t want to make that the norm, but it is a nice change.  The geese are migrating south and now that it is officially winter, it all seem normal.

We driving up to Chicago today for Christmas.  I’m a little apprehensive about spending 10 hours in a car, but it should be okay hopefully.  It is supposed to start raining in a hour or less, so that means snow in Iowa and Illinois.  It is what it is.

Okay, I need to pack some still.  Hope you are having a stress free pre-holiday.

Enough said.

 

I love geese. Especially when they are flying.

Someone built this at the park. It looks so primal.

I know who made all three of these melted tracks.

Tucker was bummed the snow was melting. He can’t get enough of it.

 

 

 

Sunday – Day 7

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Today is the last day of this week.  That is a good thing I guess.  Nothing like a fresh start of the week tomorrow.  For me, it is the same old, same old.  I think I’m getting better, but it is by such small amounts that it really is hard being anything but demoralized.  That is probably my general mindset as of now.

Yesterday there was the beer mile held here in Topeka.  My bike group started doing this maybe 3 years ago and it is growing, not by much, but by a tad.  Yesterday there were 14 runners total.  Two groups of 7.  About 1/2 the people are straight up cyclists, the other half runners and such.

I actually drove the mile over to the race.  I’m not driving any better than walking, so it was slow going.

It was fun.  Watching at least.  4 beers, 4, 1/4 mile laps.  Pretty hot for October, mid 80’s. Breezy, wind blowing over 20.

There was a fair amount of puking.  Puke and you have to run an extra lap.  I haven’t puked since I was realeased from the hospital.  Mainly, most likely, I haven’t been eating that much.  Plus, I haven’t had any alcohol, beer, wine or anything, so I’m missing that stimulus.   Also, no coffee either.  I’m not sure what that is all about, but for some reason, I have no desire for any coffee.  I’ve been drinking a bunch of hot chocolate, but no coffee.

Okay, a bunch of photos below.  About done here.  I only have about 10 minutes of computer time in me before I go into a tail spin.  I did slept 2 hours tonight, but the problem is it is 1 am, so the night is going to be pretty long.  I might try sleeping again, once this pain killer kicks in a tad more.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

Pre-race talk. Golden running shoes as 1st place awards.

1st group starts.

1st group starts.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

I had just about 30 minutes of energy in me before I had to go home and sit in the dark.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Eric awarding the prizes.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Charles won overall, running 7:12 I think. Pretty good considering.

Two years in a row women's champion.

Two years in a row women’s champion.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

Fall is just getting under the way here in Eastern Kansas.

 

 

 

Missing Sleeping

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Gonna be a short one today.  Last night wasn’t much sleep.  Like virtually none.  I’m not exactly sure what I need to be doing right now.  Seems like I need to go see a neurosurgeon but I don’t have an appointment under next Wednesday.  Maybe I can move that appointment up some. Seems like I should be feeling better as time goes on, not worse.   It will be two weeks tomorrow. It is the longest two weeks of recent memory, even though my memory is not the best nowadays.

Okay, if I get feeling better, then maybe I can come up with something better to write about, but this headache thing is overwhelming right now.  I don’t quite get it.  I’ve wacked my head multiple times during my lifetime and have never felt anything such as this.  It is mildly depressing.  If this goes on much longer, I might have to consider start wearing a helmet training.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.

Kula followed me around most of the day yesterday. He slept here as I watched my legs shrink. It really has been super nice weather the last two weeks. Not a very good time to be down and out.

 

Things I don’t Like

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I don’t like rust.  It ruins so much nice stuff.  And once it becomes rust, the stuff is horrible for skin.  Working on a car with rust is not very rewarding.

I don’t like ticks.  I actually hate ticks.  Ticks are my least favorite bugs, by a factor of 10.

I don’t like/nearly hate, people that throw trash out of their cars while driving.  I have no understanding of their thought process.  It is like they want to live in a terrible world.

I don’t like sitting in traffic.  Who does?  Sitting in traffic is a complete waste of time and it would be very difficult for me to live somewhere where there is a high chance I’d be in stopped traffic on a daily basis.

I’m not big with laundromats.  I’m not even sure where that word came from.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time washing clothes in these places and most the people that I run into I don’t want to know personally.

I don’t much like eggplant.  I eat just about everything, but eggplant never took.  That and pea soup.  Add to that canned peas.  Fresh peas are fine, but I don’t run into them that often.

I don’t like hearing gunshots when I’m out riding in the country.  I don’t have any idea when way the gun is pointed, so it spooks me, as it should.

On the gun subject, I’m not big on hunting for sport.  Most of the time, the way I see it, there isn’t much sport in hunting.  It is just killing.

I don’t like dressing up for an appointment.  I try to make it a point to limit things I do that require dressing up.

I don’t like walking downhill.  Especially downhill for a long time.  I like hiking, but dread the downhills.

Overeating should be on this list.  I rarely do it, but when I do, I hate it.

On that subject again, I don’t much like buffets.  I can’t stand looking at how much food the majority of patrons tend to heap on their plates.  It is one of the 7 deadly sins.

Waking up from too long of naps is not good.  I am grouchy and more tired than before the nap.

I hate sticking to my jeans after I’ve crashed.  Jeans and sheets.  I came up with using Saran Wrap, back in the day, now Tegadrem is the ticket.  It still occurs some though.

I don’t like waking to a cloudy day when I expect a sunny one.  It sets a bad tone.

I don’t like skipping breakfast.  I nearly can’t function without breakfast.

Injustices.  Obviously, by definition, they are unfair.  Too many of these occur nowadays.

I’m not big on bad dog breath.  I love dogs though.  Same with people, other than I don’t love people as much as I do dogs.

I could probably keep going all day.  These are just a few. Any of your own?

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Cyclocross is Hard

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I’ll write a longer post on Jingle Cross when I have a little more time.  I usually just get moving after races.  I usually don’t sleep much after hard efforts, so sort of wished we would have driven the 6 hours home after the race last night.  I was up until 3 am anyway.  We would have been back at least an hour before then.

The race yesterday for me was terrible.  I really didn’t have that bad a race considering, but the result was horrible.

I was lined up on the last row, as usual.  I’m not sure why I get so unlucky on the draw at UCI races.  The guy ahead of me missed his pedal when I was already going, so I hesitated some and then we were at the very back.

I passed a bunch of guys hitting the first mud section and then dismounted for the 100 meter off-camber run.  I maybe had 15 guys behind me, but then it went south.  Someone behind me slipped and grabbed my rear wheel to steady themselves.  That pushed my handlebars into the metal fencing and my bars got wedged into a small triangle in the fencing.  By the time I got it out, I was in last by a mile.

I got going and sort of caught the back of the last guys and was gassed.  We had to run up Mt. Krumpet super early in the lap and by the time I got to the top of it, I was hurt.

It is weird in cross, you can ride the speed of your group and if your group is going slow, then that is sort of your speed, especially early season.  I had to get off my bike again and straighten my brake lever on the climb.  It was twisted and was pulling my rear brake on.

Anyway, I rode 4 laps and then got pulled.  I was going about a minute a lap slower than the back of the top ten.  I was doing 9 minute laps and they were doing closer to 8.  That didn’t seem that bad really considering how unprepared I was to do a race of this caliber.  I honestly can’t say the food poisoning deal I had a couple weeks ago was an issue.  I wasn’t riding all that badly, for me, I was just a bit off all around.  My bike handling was super rusty, but got better.

I looked at some of the other categories and compared to all the master’s times, I was good. I was nearly 2 minutes a lap faster than my age group in masters, but that is to be expected.  But really, comparing different races is just make believe.   That being said,  I think I would have finished 5th in the women’s race, so I could have been competitive there, if I were a girl.

Like I said above, I didn’t sleep much.  We’re nearly to Des Moines, so should be back to Kansas by early afternoon.  I am surprised I’m not sore from the 45 minutes I rode.  I would have thought my legs and back would be wasted, but not so, which is nice.

Okay, I’m just rambling.  Tucker is out on the bench seat.   He isn’t used to hanging out all day at a cross race.  He had a blast, but he needs to sleep some during the day. Especially three days in a row.  Me neither it seems. It was a harsh was to start the cross season. It was a mildly embarrassing and enormously humbling day.   I’ll figure it out soon..

Trying to keep some sort of speed going up Mt. Krumpet.

Trying to keep some sort of speed going up Mt. Krumpet.

I got faster descending each lap. I put a little more air in my tires because I didn't like how they felt folding over on this off-camber descent. This is the same corner Stephen Hyde fell on Saturday.

I got faster descending each lap. I put a little more air in my tires because I didn’t like how they felt folding over on this off-camber descent. This is the same corner Stephen Hyde fell on Saturday.

This is Abby Krawczyk and Sven Nys. Abbey won Chequamegon last weekend.

This is Abby Krawczyk and Sven Nys. Abbey won Chequamegon last weekend.

Women's start run.

Women’s start run.

This is the sunset when I was riding back from the venue last night. Pretty great.

This is the sunset when I was riding back from the venue last night. Pretty great.

Big numbers at McDonalds. Crazy.

Big numbers at McDonalds. Crazy.

Tucker is out for the drive.

Tucker is out for the drive.