Friday, October 1, 2010

2 Sleeps Until The Barrier

I’ve put off writing up any kind of MennoCross race report. The truth is I had a bad race, maybe the most frustrating ever, and couldn’t find much that I wanted to say. That’s, of course, no reflection on the event itself. The Dark Horde did a fine job of organizing the event and with the course conditions what they were, it was as cross as we’ve seen in Manitoba in some time.

As I reflected on the race and what went wrong, I felt compelled to do what I could to minimize the chances of those variables ever coming together again.
  • Shifting problems? Sure, but everyone had ‘em so I can’t use that as an excuse. Wash the bike, give it some TLC and make sure things are running as smoothly as possible for the next race
  • Wrong gearing? A new crankset should arrive on my doorstep today which will give me something a little more ideal than my current 50/32 setup.
  • Over-extended? The bottom line for my poor showing was that there wasn’t much gas in the tank. Hard intervals (as opposed to easy intervals) on the Wednesday and Thursday before the race weren’t such a good idea. This week, I’m doing the opposite—if too much riding makes me slower then… I’ve been faithfully attending church and paying homage to St. Arnold. Penance has been 3 Hail Marys each day. And when not in church, I’ve been binging on Halloween candy and chocolate ice cream. Regardless of what happens on Sunday, I should be well-fueled.

Sunday: The Barrier

Led by Gary, a rag-tag team of volunteers have pressed on to ensure there will be a race this weekend despite the cancellation of the Omands Park race. These guys are proof positive that if there’s a will, there’s a way. Guys, you all get a “attaboy” for stepping up. All the details you need to know can be found here. Oh, and don't forget to bring a rake.


  1. Yeah, you didn't seem yourself after the race. I know that feeling well. You wanna do well, even sounds like you've be training. But some days, "it" is just not there.