Friday, September 14, 2012

CX Practice Week 2 - Bruised Ego and Body

7 guys showed up for week 2 which was up from 4 on week one. I showed up about 1/2 hour early because I knew I needed to get out of there by 7pm (ended up more like 7:30pm). We did a longer warm up followed by some laps of the course to inflict some self pain. I was feeling good until the top of the first run-up where I completely blew it on my remount twice and showed just how green I was. From there I was let know the proper way of carying the bike on a run-up. This was good info and I used it on the next few run ups.

All through the laps I kept mounting the bike wrong and causing further scrapes and bruises but was not intent on giving up. Next came barrier practice and I was given some great pointers from Joel and started slowly getting it then speeding up the re-mount with each attempt. We then finished off with a little more skills work and then a couple of us had to take off. We decided to climb the course in reverse on the way out. I am guessing the others did some more hard laps.

I left feeling not as worked out as last week but like I had learned something and felt good about this.

Can't wait til next practice.

Friday, September 7, 2012

New version of training/challenge loop (Ver 2)

After the unfortunate crash experienced on the course a couple weeks ago we decided to take out the one downhill and replace it with a loop-back without removing any of the climbing (I bailed at the bottom of the loopback downhill last evening). Unfortunately some of the old stats seem to stay intact even though I moved the start line out quite a ways in Strava. I may extend it a little further to see if it places accurate statistics in the leaderboard.

(Edit, I think I removed enough of the start/finish to make the results "more" accurate.)

(More edit... still trying to fight the Strave API so that we can have 2 short courses close together :(..... )

Some of the people riding last night apparently do not use Strava and we will have to remedy that :-)

Everyone has a geek side, right?!? Not just me??

Also on Endomondo for a different view of the same...

Looking back on night 1 (Short vid)

Great times out there on night one. I have alot to learn about this sport as was evident by my couple bails.

4 of us showed up at approximately 6pm and I left at 7:30pm but a couple guys were continuing on.

Can't wait til next week!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CX Training Reminder - Week 1

Hello Everyone!

Just a little reminder about the CycloCross Training. I'm planning on being at McLennan Park around 6 pm and parking at the base of the Mountain bike park just off Ottawa St. I'll Bring a long my practice barriers and it should be a fun informal night of technique practice, hill repeats and a bit of racing! If your thinking about trying the sport, come on out, ask questions and have some fun!

Thanks, Adam