I was had a sore throat/cold thing for a week leading up to this race. I knew it was going to be muddy, and I really wanted to play in the mud. I decided that if I could breath at 11 AM on Saturday I’d go ahead and register. Lucky for me I woke up Saturday feeling much better.
We had to get to the venue very easy since my other half was in the first race of the day. His race was almost all snow with no traction. My race was at 1 pm, so I had a lot of time to kill. I managed to fall twice when I was pre-riding. I have a lovely scrape up my shin from one of them. Note: crashing into snow doesn’t really hurt, but hitting the pavement does. The downside to the venue/snow combo, was a lack of warmup space. The park is really in the middle of a city, and I didn’t feel comfortable on the streets. If I do this one again next year I will definitely bring my trainer to warm up on. I joined some other women in the slow circles on a paved path while we waited for call ups.
The race was a muddy mess and everything I hoped for. As usual I didn’t do well with the uphills, and the snow and mud sketched me out for the one steep downhill after I crashed in warmup. (I also notice looking at the pictures now I managed to screw up the level of my saddle in one of my warmup crashes.)