Monday, October 26, 2015

Green Acres CX Recap

I’m finally getting around to a bit of Green Acres CX weekend recap. This race is so fun that I always laugh after Saturday at the mere reality that we get to experience the awesomeness all over again on Sunday. 

Saturday warm up smiles with Hollywood
Photo Credit: Matthew Pastick
Every year the crowds are massive, the fields are strong and the courses are technically challenging.  They always promise a corn maze, big climbs, sandy run ups, off camber descents, and a rideable (only if you’re Rad!) step up section. 

TRYING to be Rad.  I pinky swear I rode it once...
Photo Credit: Mark Woker
There’s also beer, and food trucks and huge sponsor giveaways (can you say HED wheels…three times fast!) Not to mention, this year the weather was perfect!  Well perfect in terms of what I consider perfect cx weather.  60 degrees, sunny, dry conditions…heck yeah!  I’m not one of the crazy cats that enjoys freezing warm ups, mud slaughtered broken bikes, and frozen appendages.  I know what you’re thinking….this is coming from the chick that rides her bike when it’s 30 below outside….well yeah, that’s in a bunch of warm 45NRTH clothing alongside a bunch of realists.  CX is not for realists…CX is about enduring pain. Seriously, it’s sick.

Photo Credit: Todd Fawcett

I got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday…perhaps it was the shock of the first steep climb, or maybe it was the fact that after 2 weeks of not racing I’d forgotten how flipping insane the pace is at the start of these races.  Regardless I was chasing from the get go and found myself mostly mixing it up with Megan in 4th and 5th place. When it comes to racing I’ve always found success to be a result of hard work, fitness and a bit of luck.  Jen who was leading the race suffered a flat tire and somehow I managed to nab the 3rd spot on the podium even after crashing out on a corn cob in the corn maze.   These days I’m not taking any podiums for granted.

After the race on Saturday I came to the realization that I’d somehow tweaked my ankle. It was a little sore….but nothing too crazy. As the night went on things got increasingly worse and it swelled to the point I could barely walk home from dinner with Tom, Brendan and Hilary.  Um…Random!   Hilary is a PT and she assured me that I hadn’t done anything horrible, gave me some advice to ice, ibuprofen, and compression and then even applied Kinesio tape on Sunday morning.
Yes it’s true I actually am a crazy cat.  Walking seemed alright on Sunday morning….but warm ups were excruciating painful. So much that every time I got off my bike to run (3 times in a lap) the pain would nearly make me vomit.  Standing on the pedals didn’t feel so hot either, but it was tolerable.  I guess after you’ve played a college basketball game with 8 shots of Novocain in your big toe you start to believe that just about anything is tolerable! 
Photo Credit: Todd Fawcett
Tom’s boss Demian was at the race and he saved the day by taping my ankle at the last minute! I was really unsure about racing and truthfully I felt a bit ashamed for even considering it…as really I didn’t have anything to prove.  However, I did have a big group of amazing friends who’d given up their Sunday to come watch me race! I figured what was the worst that could happen…I pull out after a lap?  I was prepared to do that mentally.  I also was prepared to give it my best shot and when the whistle blew I stood on the pedals and took the initial hole shot as if there was no pain. 

photo Credit: Matthew Pastick
The good thing about CX is that just about everything hurts the entire freaking time.  So for the most part I blocked it out and other than the first barrier section and the sandy run-up things were pretty manageable.  The pace was hot from the get go and early on I was sitting in 2nd place chasing Nicole along with the rest of the chase pack. In the end it was Nicole’s turn to flat and after failing to hold on to Jen and Corey on the final lap I again surprising landed myself on the 3rd step. I was happy to have nabbed back to back podiums…but even happier to be done racing on this cankle!  Wowzer.

Huge thanks to Hilary and Demian for all your help and more thanks to all my dear friends Lisa, Christina, Jeff, Kathy, Eman, and Anne for coming out Sunday to cheer me on. Your support means the world to me and without it I might have passed on Sunday’s race and missed the wonderful (yet painful) experience...hugs!


  1. Thanks for sharing! see you guy at Solstice!

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