Damn. Tim invited me out for ‘cross training tonight. We’re considering a ‘cross race on 10/30.
- We’ll get lapped – and a I guess that’s a DNF
- I suck at cross
I’ll do it anyway if he does (or Patrick for that matter), but I’m a lemming. I’m not a leader.
We did two easy laps and two “hot” laps. I just followed Tim on the easy laps. No problem. I fell far behind on the “hot” laps. We did the last one in reverse, and I mistakenly missed a turn and went down stairs. I kept the bike upright but my feet came off the pedals, and my hands barely held unto the bars. I was bouncing on the saddle. Ouch.
In an actual race the course would be better marked, but I still suck. I also don’t have a ‘cross bike. That’s right, I used my LHT, a touring bike, for ‘cross training.
In addition to being a bit heavy, the LHT is outfitted with Schwalbe Marathon tire… not idea, but fine for training. If I race, I’ll switch them out. It also has a rack and fenders, which would be removed for the race.
What I can’t change is the geometry. The low bottom-bracket meant I had to be very careful on some of the turns to avoid pedal strike.
Tim has his view of it here.
His take is that I would be better off on my single-speed on that course. I think he’s right. I could strip the fenders, lights, and rack from it and put on some better tires and be good to go. The pink bar-tape is just an extra point. 🙂