November 13, 2020 - After a disappointing season of no racing, one area club steps up and puts on a race. Too bad it didn't go as planned.
After the 2020 local road, track and CX seasons were canceled, I was excited when I received an e-mail that an area club was going to put on a one-off CX race in early November. I had been training all year with Traner Road training plans and Stages power meters, so I knew my fitness was where it needed to be. To get acclimated to the demads of CX, I switched my workouts from the tarmac to the grass.
The week of the race, one of my daughters brought home a cold virus, which spread through the house. By the time race day came, it had infected my lungs.
I was excited to pin on my number and race for once in 2020. I had a great start, up near the front of the pack at the hole shot. I settled into a tempo. About halfway through the first lap, I dropped a chain. I pulled over and quickly reset it on the chainring, but was still way out the back. I spent the next lap and a half trying to catch back on.
By the time I had made it back to the middle of the pack, my lungs were burning and felt about half size. I just couldn't continue, and abandoned.
Bittersweet, as I had the legs to podium. Just not the lungs.