The great Mountain Bike Race of 2011 did not happen today due to Mother Nature dumping a fair amount of rain on Louisville starting at 4am. Funny thing my first thought as the thunder and my scared big dog woke me up this morning was oh crap there goes all the spray paint we marked the course with then it was you better not keep this up MN or I am not going to be a happy camper. Well she did not listen to me and it rain until about 9am. Uggggg all that work down the drain (really down the storm drain). So no race today, BUT we are going to have it next week on Sunday August 14 same place and race time.
Now the good that did come out of this weekend is I got on my MTB that I have had for over a month. I was not really planning on riding it much as I did but hey we had a race course to mark and well I just kind of started to help and ended up on the bike, on trials, for about 2.5 miles. I did have to walk some of the sections but I had some really cool and super experienced people with me that helped me through some sections and taught me a few tricks. I was pretty proud of myself and pretty tired as well. Also I did not have padded shorts on so I was getting pretty sore on my bum. Over all it was fun. I hope to be back on the MTB again soon after a few adjustments.
That was all on Saturday and I was not really expecting to get a ride in on Sunday with the race but the race did not happen so I was thinking about a road ride. I have been a big ol lazy slacker in the last few weeks and needed to show some love to my bike. Well that did not happen BUT CivilRacer called me in the AM saying let try some Cyclocross. Not the plan B that I had made for the day but why not move to plan C? So we set a time and I invited along a teammate, Marge. Part so I would not lose it on CivilRace (I love him, I really do, I promise ) but mostly so I had someone else learning with me. I do much better in a team then by myself. I will not go into the details of my having to change the tires over on my cross bike from the road ones and how the bike pump I bought did not work, lets just say when we were done riding I hit up the bike shop for a new pump that will be in the car with me at all times. Once I, I mean him, got the tires on and ready to go and Marge shows up we are ready to roll. We roll the course and then it was time to do the scary part of cross, dismounting and mounting your bike while it is still in motion. I let Marge go first, yes she still loves me and she did not fall on her face, well not the first time. I went and did not really get it but still did not fall. CivilRacer watched a few times makes some changes and we are getting better and better. Then we have to work getting off, picking up the bike and carrying it over a barrier and then getting bake on, all while not breaking stride. OH BOY. We start with a small barrier and them move to a bit bigger one. I think I mush have done it 50 times. I will not say it was pretty but it was much better at the end and Marge and I looked pretty hot while trying. I also got to see CivilRacer miss a few times so I felt about 100 times better. I can say it was a blast and I am sooo ready for more. So tomorrow I will be at it again making bruises on top of bruises and more cuts added but I am okay with that as long as I am still having fun.
After we were all done with the mini clinic Marge and I took a little field trip across the river to Clarksville Schwinn so I could get a new bike pump and she wanted to check it out. I also got myself a little present, some PINK bar tape. I will be posted pics when I get it on the bike.
For a day the started with some bad news and weather it ended pretty good. I got to hangout with cool people doing something I love and ended the day with some good ice cream with the family. Not a bad Sunday if you ask me.