Crawdad Kermesse

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Yesterday I went out for 90 miles. I’ve been pretty tweeked the last couple weeks. Yesterday I felt better. Better enough that I’m thinking about trying to maybe race this weekend. I still am not having much luck standing up with any type of power, but I am better than I was a few days ago.

Anyway, there is a perfect race for me, the Crawdad Kermesse, down in Harrison Arkansas, on Saturday. The guys there have been asking me for months to come down and race it. I actually saw them the day after I fell in Joe Martin and told them that I planned to have their race be my official first race after falling event. I really didn’t have any idea at that time if that would happen, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities now. Plus, how can you not go to a race with the name Crawdad Kermesse.

The course is only 3.6 miles and has 400 feet of climbing per lap. It sounds pretty hard. It has a point that is over 20 % grade. I love challenging courses. I like short circuit races. So this is perfect. Plus, the race is being held in conjunction with The Crawdad Festival. I have no idea what to expect there, but it is a true Kermesse in that since.

Anyway, here is a link to the race. If you don’t have anything else going on, come on down. Sounds like a good time.

Yesterday was a good day to ride bikes. It was in the 70’s and the wind was hardly over 10 mph. It was Mother’s Day, so I didn’t expect much of a turn out. Plus, Bill, Brian and the other TradeWind Energy guys were in St. Louis at Tour de Grove. Anyway, we did a loop south and then west of Topeka. I like riding west. The road to Harveyville crosses the Santa Fe Trail. There are signs signifying the trail ruts, but I don’t really see it. By the time everyone had turned back, there were only 3 of us left, me, Teddy and Catherine.

I knew I was going to be in for an all day pull. Which is fine. I got into an okay rhythm after stopping at 40 miles for water. I actually ate a piece of pizza at the Casey’s. Maybe I need to do that more often before races, because I felt pretty good the whole way. Not great, but nothing like I’ve been feeling like. When we got back into Topeka, we had a 20.4 mph average for the ride. Considering the pace for the 1st half, that was pretty good. And considering it was headwind all the way home, it was excellent.

It is great here right now. It has been raining pretty consistently, so everything is green. But, with that, there seem to be more bugs out. The other day when I was riding with Joseph, he got stung by a bee and a wasp. Catherine was stung by a bee yesterday. I was stung by something too. Bigger than a bee I think, but I’m not sure. There is a picture of the stinger below that Catherine removed from my chest.

I’m going to try to ride for 4 or 5 hours again today. I have no top end, but that is okay. I use racing to get that back.

Stinger. Pretty weird looking.

Catherine and Teddy riding through Burlingame Kansas. I love the wide, brick street.

This is in Harveyville Kansas. A tornado went through there about 3 weeks ago and smashed the place.

I've been only eating salad for dinner recently. It is that time of the year when you crave more fresh fruits and vegetables. The garden in front is going crazy with lettuce and spinach. I did eat some tuna yesterday, so got a little protein.

5 thoughts on “Crawdad Kermesse

  1. Austin

    How are you going to race with your shoulder? I’ve been eyeing this race, but I’m not sure my collarbone is ready yet. And my legs definitely aren’t!

  2. tilford97 Post author

    Austin-My doctors told me I can’t screw it up any worse than it is already screwed up. I definitely have some issues. Like pulling up or hitting bumps, just the normal things in bike riding.

    My shoulder is just painful. My back and neck seem to be the most screwed up. Plus, my left left isn’t working too good.

    But, you have to start somewhere. This race sounds like a blast. I like the geography. The people. I’d hate to miss it.

  3. Ryan Fiddler

    Don’t forget about the Sand Springs Crit on Sunday too. If I recall, you won it about 5 years ago in a downpour.


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