Friday morning, I loaded up my old truck with my CX bike and gear but before I could hit the road, I went to my Friday morning classes. This was the first time I have driven to campus. I parked in the farthest student parking lot on campus and hopped on my bike to ride into class. Two hours later, I returned to my truck to find a parking ticket on my windshield. I read the ticket and it appears I was being ticketed for parking without a parking pass. Since I never drive a car, I didn't even know I had to have a parking pass. This $30 setback will hopefully be worked out when I pay a visit to the transportation office today and try to get it appeal.
Anyhow, I got on the road and had a somewhat enjoyable trip to Georgia. Heading out of Chattanooga, I found an awesome Outlaw Country radio station and was able to listen to that till I hit Elijay, Georgia. Once in Dahlonega, I met up with my buddy Mark D. for a pre-ride of the winery portion of the Southern Cross course. Right from the start, I realized this would be a tough CX course. The start line narrowed into a course that winded down and around a steep hillside and down into a creek bottom then made a left turn straight into a run up that was about 150 feet long and super steep. At the top of the runup, you got to ride back down the hill via a paved road and the out and up to the entrance of the property then out to the main loop. Doing a little practice on the run up, I lifted my bike up in an odd manner and slightly pulled a muscle in my back. At first, it wasn't too painful but just a slight discomfort. The next morning, I would realize otherwise.
|Monteluce Winery CX Course|
|Signing autographs for my many fans! :)|
I was pretty impressed with my finish as I honestly didn't know what to expect for this race. I definitely gave it my all throughout the course and felt pretty strong. If I could have changed anything, it would have been my gearing. Next year, I'll probably run a 39x19 or 39x20 gear to help out with the climbing. I would also like to thank the great folks who make ibuprofin. That little red pill became my life saver throughout the race. After the pills wore off, my back was and still is killing me. Maybe a little yoga and I'll be feeling alright.
|The Hiker Hostel|
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