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Heavy Legs, Heavy Mud!

Lots of fatigue, LOTS of mud, but a really fun course and great organizers made for a good day.

After riding Keystone Gravel (60+ Miles and 7k climbing) on Saturday, I woke early and drove out to Emmaus PA for the inaugural Pineapple Crusher CX.  Held on the course of the Fifth Street Cross series, the weather for the race turned the course into a mud-fest of wet, slippery mud and HEAVY saturated grass sections.  With the significant fatigue from the day before, I knew I wasn't going to compete for much other than minor placings.  Somehow, I got a front row call up and had a good sprint to win the hole shot.  That lasted approximately 15 seconds as I had no pop to my legs and spent much of the race slooooooowwwllly moving back the field.  I ended up 9th, which, for a muddy first race of the season, I can't complain about.  The course has lots of turning, which I traditionally stink at, being long and tall, and very little elevation, which I like.  The mud worked in my favor, since the worse the conditions, the better I perform, usually.  Overall, a good event, a welcome addition to the local cross scene!

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