Even though I raced the last three weekends I'd already greatly decreased my training volume to give my mind, legs, heart and lungs a little rest before turning things up for the 2012/13 CX campaign. Here's how the last three weeks went.
Moorehead Mayhem, Ida Grove, IA
|Leading out lap 1 with Cam Kirkpatrick and Ryan Feagan|
Photo: Don Poggensee
Ponca's Revenge, Nebraska State XC Championship, Ponca, NE
|Photo: Jeremy Cook|
With a good rain shower about an hour before the start of the Cat 1 race I was happy because I would really be able to take advantage of my bike handling skill but nervous as hell because my tires were definitely not mud worthy. I took the holeshot in front of Kent McNiell and Greg Shimonek. It was slippery and the course neutralized everything. The bike handlers couldn't descend very fast and the fitness guys couldn't get good traction to lay down the power. One thing I did manage to remember was toe spikes and as we approached a three tier steep climb we had to dismount. I made quick work of the run-up and had a big gap over the Kent and Greg. I went deep running so I soft pedaled most of the remainder of the lap and Kent and Greg came back up. As we went through the start finish nobody else was in sight. With Kent in 30-39, Myself in 40-49 and Shim in 50+ we all just rode tempo as we had a clean sweep of all the State Championship medals. Eventually, Kent would up the tempo and Greg lost contact. I opted to just sit on Kent's wheel and ride it out. Guess I was thinking more about 'cross season because the fire to fight Kent for a position that didn't really matter just wasn't there. We rolled across the line nose to tail. Anne made it 3 for 3 winning the Marathon again. She's on her way to another solid ride at the Dakota 5-O.
|Triple State Champions|
Photo: Jeremy Cook
After spending virtually no time training for road races (at least not 70 mile ones) I made the last minute decision to stay put and race in Nebraska. With Lucas Marshall, Greg Shimonek, Paul Webb and myself all racing Cat 1/2 we had a solid shot at some really good winnings. The plan was simple, do as little work as possible for the first 30 miles then call it out on the road. I like playing captain on the road and calling the race as it happens. An early move went with Shim and Lucas in it which forced the CPC guys to chase hard. They brought them back close enough to jump across. Once I got there though the break lost its pace and we all came back, groupo compatto. Soon after, Cat 3 teammate, Brady Murphy rolled off the front. They move inadvertently forced Kaos to the front, first with Matt Farnham, then with John Rokke. The chase went on for over 10 miles and I got to play tail gunner some more.
|The final break|
Photo: Dan Farnham
|Left it all on the road|
Photo: Dan Farnham
|Cat 1/2 Podium L-R, Joe McWilliams (Alegent Health), Cody McCullough (Powerade), Lucas Marshall (Trek Bicycle Stores of Omaha), Kevin Limpach (Alegent Health), Mark Savery (Trek Bicycle Stores of Omaha)|
So now what? Well first off, I've got about 15 lbs. to lose before 'cross season which means starving myself and riding lots of easy miles. I'm planning on spending a fair amount of time on gravel. It's great low gear, high torque riding, very similar to the kind of power you need for 'cross. So that's the next six weeks. Then the fun really starts with proper intervals. Good times just 12 weeks away, CX!!!