Since Universal Sports will only show the Cyclocross World Championships online
, and since my computer is so old that watching videos there takes three times as long as the posted time (lots of halts and starts), it's likely that, instead of watch worlds tomorrow at 8am (5am EST), I may actually celebrate worlds by going out on Stompy in the morning and having some cyclocross silliness at the park instead. In my case it actually seems appropriate.
In other news: forces exist that could thwart my dream of an all-singlespeed race at next year's Cross Crusade
. My idea was to move the Mens' B's (on geared bikes) somewhere else in the day and have mens' and womens' singlespeed classes race together in a pure singlespeed heat. Unfortunately, after several months of research and polling, it seems that:
a. The Cross Crusade
organizers aren't really into it, mostly for logistic reasons. The race day schedule is already pretty full.
b. The overwhelming majority of women responding to my informal poll have indicated they would prefer to race with other women and just be counted separately for racing on a singlespeed bike; most do NOT want to race with the men if they can help it. Am I crazy for thinking a pure-singlespeed race would work better, or am I missing something here?
c. The OBRA
official in charge of logistics has gently pointed out that adding another classification to an already-full slate (there are already six categories racing together in the womens' race) would create a tabulating nightmare for race officials and therefore would likely be vetoed by OBRA anyway. I appreciated her perspective and thanked her for the additional information.
I am not hopeful for changes to the Cross Crusade schedule.
On a positive note, I decided to ask the organizer of the PIR short-track xc series
how he'd feel about at least adding a separate classification for womens' singlespeed, no matter where in the schedule they would race -- and he liked the idea.
In a fit of optimism (suicide?) I went ahead and catted up to singlespeed for both short-track and cross this year. It may be the stupidest thing I've done yet in my tiny racing career -- I could get killed out there -- but the thought of racing with so many other singlespeeders actually appeals to me much more than getting hung up behind another racer whose shifter malfunctions. That happened too many times in the womens' races last summer and it was not pleasant.
********************Goals for 2010:
1. More yoga, at least two the three mornings a week. It seems to help on some micro level and maybe it will help strengthen me.
2. More core work. In my case, and on my budget, that probably means curls and variations thereof every other night, gradually increasing number of reps/sets over time. I can't afford to buy weight equipment for home use, join a gym or hire a coach, so it's likely another year of hit and miss for me. I would like to think that my daily commuting at least gives me a base to work with that helps offset the effects of not "working out" at a gym. I have thought of keeping more detailed records of my riding and training but that may backfire for me emotionally (i.e., getting down on myself when life, medical issues and other ephemera intrude on my ability to train more carefully), so I've avoided it thus far.
3. Working with my doctor more closely (as closely as I can at a free/low cost clinic, anyway) to reduce the frequency of Crohn's flare-ups and the way they interfere with my riding and racing. This may mean changes in both drugs and diet, or it may mean listening better to my body so I can avoid a repeat of what happened at the PIR cross race. (I shouldn't have raced that day, in retrospect.)
4. At least one populaire/metric century this year, two if I can swing it. (I'm looking at riding the Monster Cookie in April since there doesn't yet seem to be a populaire on the Oregon Rando calendar.)
5. I'd like to finish somewhere other than dead last in at least one short-track race and one cross race. I realize that by catting up to singlespeed I may have killed my chances of doing this but there it is.
6. To finish every single race I enter -- no DNFs!
7. (not a racing goal per se, but a goal nonetheless) I want to find a way to swing a trip to bend for CrossNats before it leaves the Pacific Northwest after this year. I'm not necessarily interested in racing there -- it will be crazy-cold, the course will be very "road-y", and I will probably be quite worn out by the end of the season (especially if I race at USGP again this year, which In spite of all common sense I think I might do). I am working on potential ways this might happen.
8. I will examine my relationship with racing carefully this year, on several fronts:
a. how does having a non-cycling partner affect my training and racing decisions?
b. how does affiliating with an organization based very far away affect my training and racing decisions?
c. how does my age and my having Crohn's affect my training and racing decisions?
d. How does my job -- the schedule, the activities and stresses thereof -- affect my training and racing decisions?
The answers to these questions will help me to figure out how I want to proceed.
***************Stompy 2.0 is just about finished.
I am going to swap in a low-profile rear cantilever brake so that I can avoid heel-strike while I pedal. It will look strange but it will work and that is really what I care about. Everything else is done and the bike, though admittedly a bit heavier than the Kona, fits me better and is probably about as good as I can come up with on such a tight budget. (Thank goodness I work in a shop and can swing a pro-deal on older models of stuff now and then! There's NO way I could've upgraded without this reality.) I am hanging onto the Kona until it's clear that I won't need to swap back for any reason, but so far it feels like the Redline is going to work out.