By the third lap, I felt like I was in a bike race.October 11th, 2010 at 0:46
Admittedly for most people, it probably felt like a bike race from the beginning. Hyattsville was today. On paper, the course is pretty boring: pancake flat with lots of twists and turns and a few things to keep it interesting. It’s not much to see for the spectators. That said, I’ve done this race twice now and I think it’s going to be one of my “can’t miss” races. Here’s a really short video from the B race and the Master’s A race. For some reason it won’t embed so you have to be old school and click the link. Music is one of my old bands, because Crosswife brought really old pictures of me playing in bands so we could laugh at me.
How did the B master’s race go for me?
First lap took a long time to string everyone out.
Second lap I was catching my bearings and realizing that catching Sol was probably out of the questions and hoping that I might catch up to the rouleur (I didn’t).
Third lap I finally figured out who I was racing. I had to stay ahead of the mountain bike guy and catch the bike rack guy and see what happened. Cat and mouse with the bike rack guy until I was pretty sure I had him. Caught up to a guy on a Raleigh (Johnny?), followed him for a bit and pulled ahead.
As the leaders were lapping me, bike rack guy was right with them. Eventually he got away and I was still fighting off the Raleigh. He caught up to me on the last straightaway, I was pretty sure I had him then. We both sprinted for the line and whatever the hell place that no one cared about except us. Even after we crossed, I don’t think either of us could tell you who got it.
The thing that I like about this course, is that I feel like I can really gun it (all things being relative) because there’s no soul-crushing, fire extinguishing moment that makes me feel like catching the next guy is impossible. As a result, It feels like I push a lot harder at this one.
Good Job Arrow guys!