Saturday, October 11, 2014

Seneca Creek Cyclocross: My very first cyclocross race!

Today, I competed in my very first cyclocross race, and I'm In love Again!

Cyclocross racing is difficult to explain, but it is basically riding a bike around sharp turns, up hills, dismounting to jump over obstacles, running or riding through sand etc. (It is fun!)

In a previous post I wrote that according to Nikki Giovanni, falling in love over and over again makes us love life intensely:
She stated that it makes a person's skin better and people notice how well a person looks who is in love. She also stated that being in love has nothing to do with someone loving us back; it's about being in love.....

I am fortunate to live in a city where people love cyclocross, and this affords me the opportunity to go to cyclocross practice about three days a week. I have basically built me a small village, and so many people are raising me. The encouragement and help that I get on a regular basis is unbelievable.

The thought of my first race terrified me, but I was strongly encouraged by "My Village" to just do it, and Today, I did just that.

It was raining when I woke up, but I still got up, got dressed, had breakfast, went to have one of my tires checked, and I drove to the race...

I got there, registered, and pre-rode the extra muddy course. The mud was so thick and difficult to move through, but I was there and had to do it.

Finally, it was 1 o'clock, and we started our race. My people, I was turning corners, riding through mud, slipping and sliding, dismounting and remounting etc.

In one muddy section my legs were on fire, and a fellow racer said to me "your bike can handle it; just do it." My people, with that encouragement, I rode through that mud like a champ.

Before the race, during the race, after the race, my happiness level was to the sky...

My People... I AM IN LOVE!

I have another race tomorrow, and I promise to take more pictures... Stay Tuned!

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