So for the first time since I’ve been racing NRCs, bronchitis this is the first season I’ve missed cascade…
Didn’t quite sign up in time, illness BIG oops, nurse and the field, and the waiting list, was full. Im still in Bend, doing some training for elite nationals, which starts next week. So its not all bad that I missed it, Ill be pretty ready and rested for the race, which at 7 laps and 130ish miles in the desert, is pretty important. Im sure I would be pretty cooked if I had done cascade and raced elite natz as well.
It was exciting to watch the crit, I have never watched a big crit before, Ive always been racing the race. Its a little crazy to see how fast were actually going, from the field it seems fast, but it looks a lot different from the sides of the course. It also looks a lot more hectic, going into the corner at 30+ mph in the group seems a lot more sane from the field than from the view of the sides. Mostly because from the pack, you see where your going, see the lines through the corner, and have an idea of where your going. From the street, its a blur of color and shifting as the pack zooms by and dives into a corner. Of course, its not always smooth and organized in the pack. Theres plenty of times where the your setting up for a corner after moving up, or getting swarmed at an imperfect time, and all of a sudden your keeping your fingers crossed that you dont get pinched on the exit, or that the hole in the pace line will appear before you hit the curb on the inside of the corner, but its usually pretty smooth.
Got some premium training in over the last couple of days, with lots of good miles on the course for the road race next week. Looking forward to it.