Recap of My Season, The Holidays & Plans for Next Year

Okay, so my first cyclocross season was hindered by my busy schedule. I was able to race two races in the WCA Crank Daddy’s Cyclocross Series, the first at the Cross of the Domes and the second, one of the last of the season, at Silver Lake.

My first race was a new experience for me, as it was my first cyclocrossrace ever. I really struggled through that race but I finished, which made me happy. The second race however I went in with a new mindset. Starting near the back of the pack I figured I could keep a little more in the reserves versus trying to stay with the pack the first lap.

Tricky hairpin... at least for me

After letting the pack go I could see who my real competition was and it turns out there was only two people I passed the whole race, placing 25 out of 27. I felt 100 times better than I did in my first race and I could actually feel riding everyday to class and around town benefiting me. Anyone got cheap and easy training plans?

But past that I am quite disappointed I wasn’t able to ride more races or train at least but all that changes this coming year. Cassie and I received a dual trainer (elliptical and stationary bicycle in one) from my parents for Christmas.

Body Champ BRM3671 Cardio Dual Trainer

Cassie loves the elliptical aspect but I’m not completely sold on bicycle abilities of this machine since one is supposed to use the elliptical footplates as pedals. I’m just not liking how its supposed to work so I’m sure I can fashion something up to make it more realistic and get some got conditioning out of it. Anyone have any tips on training on one of these?

As for other Christmas presents I bought Cassie a mountain bike as her old bike was falling apart and she picked it so I had to. I’m thinking of picking up a mountain for some XC races this summer or some trail riding (with Cassie). Not sure what I’m looking for yet 29er or 26” with full suspension, but I’m pretty sure price with determine the purchase.

So for the future, I plan on racing as much as possible of this coming cyclocross season and most importantly being prepared for it.


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