Preparing for CX Race Number Two

I must admit that these past two days of 65 degree weather in November has definitely given me a more positive outlook on life after struggling with “what should I be doing with my life?” for the past couple weeks. I spent the past two days outside as long as I could–soaking up the sun which seems to lack in my nocturnal life–the dwindling sunlight does not help, either. Not that the lack of sunlight ever stopped me from running outside, but to spend time outside off the trainer in the fresh air (which I definitely do not get enough off–as my doctor said, I had a critical vitamin D deficiency. Well, duh, I work night shifts, run in the dark, and do most everything in the dark.)

Becker Hill, off of Turkey Hill Road

But these couple of days off have been incredible my rides have been awesome, and being in the fresh air definitely helped whatever bug I caught. Not only that, I realized that time spend on my bike whether it be my Giant CX bike, mountain bike, or beloved road bike, always puts me in a good mood. I might start the ride in not-the-best spirits (I know, me, in a bad mood? I think work is doing that to me) but then after climbing which I tend to do a  lot of, and long rides up through Columbia and Dutchess counties on county roads where you rarely pass cars, I can’t help but feel a grin across my face. Whether it be that, or the fact I am not freezing, or am getting my vitamin D…I simply don’t know. I do know, however, that I love biking. And that is something which (I hope) won’t change. There is no better feeling than finishing up a 55-60mile ride in 65 degree weather in the sun! I know those days won’t be here for very long, but I’ve been taking advantage of them as much as possible.

Who ever guesses where this is will get a free prize from me or, a free hug

On River Road, looking at the Catskills

So, my last cx race was cancelled a couple of weeks ago because of the odd snow storm that we got (which was slightly annoying, because I was very excited to attempt my cross skills again.) But, since I took a holiday this Sunday, I’ll be able to take part in the 21st West Hill Shop Cyclocross Race in Putney, VT. It will be more difficult than the last one I did in Saratoga Springs– this course has a “run up” –I’ve never done a run up or practiced a run up before in my life. But, hey, that’s what makes the sport fun!

courtesy of West Hill Shop Race Page

I’m not sure if I should be worried, terrified, excited, or all three about this race– I keep needing to remind myself: this is FUN. And you’ll never know how to do it until you actually do it! (that’s my motto at least). Below is a video from the race last year, and, I must admit, min 5:34 of the video slightly worries me…

After the race, which I hope to have all limbs attached by the end of it (bruises and scratches are okay as I always seem to have some sort of bruise or scratch on my legs anyhow),  I’ll be heading to New Hampshire to do some hiking! Ahh, to spend a weekend doing activities with I love is the best… (Get ready, J. N. for a fun-filled day with yours truly, if I am still alive….)

So get ready, Vermont (and I suppose New Hampshire). Molly G. and her not-the-best-cyclocross-skills-in-the-Northeast, will be coming to visit you shortly for some mud, run ups, obstacles, and all around fun, rockin’ her Overlook Jersey.

Thanks to Billy D. and everyone at the shop for making my cyclocross dreams come true.

And to leave you with a song that was stuck in my head on a recent mountain bike ride (you get another free hug if you can tell me which movie this is from):

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. m
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:27:58

    few thoughts:
    –great upcoming venue, and hope snowstorms nor hurricanes prevent you from the fun

    –the photos are gorgeous and spirit lifting for sure… (rousing a bit of home sicknesses tooooo ( 😦 )
    — for sure, tough knees would be a must for cx. I would be crawling up min 5.30
    –think we have to raise your training practice stick/obstacle near the barn
    — won’t get the second hug…the movie?

    have a great trip!!
    xox m


  2. rendezvouswithsneakers
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 11:45:14

    It’s the only movie with lots of biking you’ve ever seen–or I’ve made you sit through and watch 🙂


  3. dick geuss
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 21:50:00

    Hey Molly;
    Did you ever consider just riding and not racing…. I always figured “racing” is much too dangerous to do for the fun of it….
    Good luck if you do it. I woulde stay in the backk of the pack and just compete with myself…

    Uncle Dick


  4. Auntie Pam
    Nov 22, 2011 @ 21:37:40

    Dear Sneakers Woman,
    I am reading this today, Nov. 21, so I presume you’ve DONE this!!! I didn’t look at the video (I’m stirring sauce for dinner :-), but that looks like MUD, girl!!!! MUD!!!!! Did you ride through that??????
    (My sauce stuck to the bottom of the pot as I wrote the above….bummer. 🙂
    Now I’m going to read your LATEST blog and find out what happened in VT/NH!
    Love you,


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