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I'm gonna be a Crosser!!!(12 posts)

I'm gonna be a Crosser!!!dpb
Nov 5, 2003 12:17 AM
I'm going to make the official leap of faith from being a guy who rides a cyclocross bike to a cyclocross racer as of this Sunday. I'll be competing for my first time in any kind of bike race in the Eastern Ontario Cyclocross Series #9 race in Kingston Ontario.

I've been training with my university Cross Country Ski team this fall, lots of running, and I've been biking a bit on my own. I was actually doing a training ride that was shown to me by Ray Duggan, a local who has competed internationally (in his words, "A big fish ina little pond" and I couldn't agree more). Great guy, knows his 'cross. Anyway I think I can handle the 60 minute race if I don't freak out.

Assuming I'm adequately physically prepared (to finish, not to win), is there any way to mentally prepare myself? I'm usually bad under pressure. What can I expect at the race?

Damian Bradley
re: I'm gonna be a Crosser!!!arctic hawk
Nov 5, 2003 4:17 AM
Like yourself, I bought my CX bike in spring, commuted to work & did 1 duathlon on it. Then, Oct 25 rolled around & I did my first CX race. Though I DNFed, I had lots of fun & met some really nice people.
I hope you have lots of fun too. Keep an open mind & pre-run the course before the race starts & see what's there to see, opportunities to pass or to get out of the way, depending upon your skill level. Important note as passed on by my mentor, get something to drink prior to the race to combat de-hydration.
Don't suppose you will make it to Upper Canada Village on the 16th? I will certainly try to make it there for my official 2nd CX race!
Oh yes! Have fun! Did I mention that already?

Arctic Hawk
Mental: Have fun while experiencing extreme pain...Spunout
Nov 5, 2003 5:06 AM
Well, have fun anyways. Ride your own race, try not to blow up too bad in the start. 60 minutes is longer than I ever thought at that output!

I will be in Kingston (Ottawa boy here) so good luck! And, hope you see both of you in Upper Canada too!
Mental: Have fun while experiencing extreme pain...grumpycanuck
Nov 5, 2003 8:11 AM
Upper Canada??? I guess that means you guys will be at the Manitoba Provincial Championships on the 16th...though I never thought of Winnipeg as Upper Canada Village...but I am a local. Good Luck in you first race..if your concerned about performance anxiety, maybe race the B race. If your happy with how you do there, try an A race later on.
No to Manitoba, 30 hour drive...Spunout
Nov 5, 2003 9:30 AM
Upper Canada village is between Toronto and Montreal on the 401. Close for Ottawa and Kingston crews.

Although I raced in Manitoba in the '80s, I can't make it back this time!
Mental: Have fun while experiencing extreme pain...dpb
Nov 5, 2003 9:41 AM
Sounds good...I'll be the newbie riding a 2000 (red) specialized M4CX with a silver fork and zebra (domina vacanze) helmet...Say Hi if you get a chance!

Mental: Have fun while experiencing extreme pain...arctic hawk
Nov 5, 2003 10:16 AM
I'll be the Chinese guy on the very slow moving blue Trek XO1.

expect to hurtclimbo
Nov 5, 2003 7:04 AM
60 mins is a long time in a cross race and max hr the whole way. The riding bit is more important than the running as there is lots more riding than running in a race. Expect it to be flat out from the gun, just have fun, don't think you have to keep up with anyone else, ride your own race.
you know how, when you go to the hospital...weiwentg
Nov 5, 2003 7:20 PM
...they ask you, "on a scale of 1 to 10, how much pain are you feeling?" cyclocross is 45-60 minutes of 9. 10 is childbirth.
anyway, the idea is to have fun and relax. I know, how does one relax when you're under that much pain? you'll find out.
it may be harder....swimbikerunjump
Nov 6, 2003 10:53 AM
I thought childbirth was easier :-)
You must not be riding hard enough....

But then again...I have raced way more than one cross race but only have one kid! (dirt washes off)
Retrospectively PleasureableGripped
Nov 6, 2003 9:36 AM
... is the term. Suffering is immense while doing it. You swear that you will never do it again. After a few laps, you wonder how you can do three more. At some point you think you are going to puke. Maybe you cough up lung chunks after finishing. Then by the time you are putting your bike on the rack, you wonder how you can wait until the next race.

A former climbing partner told me the term. Back when I climbed, there were many times I was cold, miserable, scared, in pain, forced to bivy on a ledge for the night, intimidated, etc. But once it was over, it was the best time I could remember -- except for that one time I fractured my skull.
Not for the SqueamishGripped
Nov 6, 2003 9:39 AM
Here's what I looked like after my (minor) basular skull fracture suffered during a climbing accident.