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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

THE BIG DAY


In one week I will be lining up to race my event in the USAC Cyclocross National Championship. Last year, though I raced, I wasn't prepared as I had spent 12 weeks recuperating from a ruptured disc. This year no excuses. I have trained well, raced well and frankly I feel great.
I am not making any predictions as age group racing is always a bit of a gamble depending on who shows up. I just want to go out and give it my best. I want to test my self, see how hard I can go and hopefully if all goes well finish in the top 5.
There a few factors that will help or hinder me. One is, I am not a great runner, if there is one set of barricades and one run up per lap I will be fine, if there is more running than that I will have to make up for it on the bike else where. Two if is snows and there is snow on the course I will be at an advantage. I like riding in the snow and I like to think I am good at it. If it turns to slush then it will be more difficult for me as slush is not hard technically just hard. If it is solid ice that could help or hurt. I like ice but it is too slick no one can ride it and it becomes a run.
I can't predict what the course will be like, nor can I predict what the promoters will do to the course. It will be fair as we will all ride the same course at the same time. Like I said I am looking forward to this year. Last year was an experience I will never forget and this year I should be able to race like I am capable off. If you want to watch it is 8:30 am on Thursday December 9th. It is the first race of the National Championships. I will be nice to be done early so I can help my teammates, it is also nice to go first so I won't be thinking about it all the time. Thanks for reading.
Don

8 comments:

Jan Hutchison said...

Go Don - we are rooting for you!! Jan and Peter

Li'l Ned said...

Go, Don! Gi' 'un laldie!

Serena said...

You are riding strong, training and resting well - 8:30am - I will be there! Can't wait to cheer you on....

andy said...

Bring home a stars and stripes jersey Don!

andytrailfettler said...

C'mon Don! gi'it the message on race day. beast it!

Gary Bonacker said...

You will do well Don. You have what it will take. I will be hooked up with chemo drugs by the time you take off. All of my thoughts will be with you at that time. Call me on my cell when you are done. Have a great race in PDX too. Cheers.

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