Last weekend I had every intention of running 10-12 miles but I didn't. When I was running the Bourbon Chase relay 2 weekends ago, after finishing my last leg, I saw what appeared to be a freshly mowed and torn area of grass through a local park that stretches 8 miles one-way. It had been cordoned off with tape and I soon realized THAT WE HAVE AN OFFICIAL CYCLOCROSS COURSE NEAR MY HOUSE!!!! So, over the weekend, I brought my mountain bike to this glorious promise land of climb and descend.
If you don't know much about cyclocross it involves riding ones mountain bike on a grass/dirt course in loops / laps. You're encouraged to dress oddly if need be, drink beer and have just a good time in general. Years ago before I started cycling fo' real, I had bought a Specialized mountain bike and I'm thrilled I did. I even took good care of it!
This is what people who know what they're doing look like. Yes, there are jumps you carry your bike across. I dig this.
Now, I'm still at a beginner level and although I have pretty good bike handling skills, I'm still not at a point where I can clip in to the bike with my shoes just yet. If you're doing it right, your quads will leave you wondering how you're going to get up off the toilet seat.
This is my bike. You can either use the log as a jump OR you can ride around it between the end of the log and the tree. My only issue is that my bike is all aluminum frame and is a bit heavy. I'm a spoiled child who has a nice road bike so I'm regressing with this one but it's perfect to start off on!
The race meet is almost over at the track, where I spend a lot of my time. There is art everywhere and my liberal arts brain loves every bit of color that fall will allow.
I'm also super jazzed about this little lady who will be on NBC sports the Saturday after next. Her name is Southern Honey and she's running in the Breeders Cup. I've been around her ever since she was a baby. I know many people don't follow horse racing but I've watched her grow up and on Nov 1st she'll be competing for 1 million dollars.
Thanks for everyone coming back and reading! I'll write again before I go to New York City to let you know about what I'm forgetting to pack and ALSO to give you the run-down on what's high on my list to see and also find out what you think I should see!!