OMG - do you know what I just did??!! I just pressed SUBMIT on the registration page for my first cyclocross race!! The DCCX this coming weekend. EEEEEEKKKKKK I am so excited!! I haven't felt this nervous/excited/out-of-my-element about a race registration in awhile. I have ZERO clue about what I am getting myself into. I know there are bikes with knobby tires, but the tires are skinnier than a mountain bike's. The handlebars look the same as a roadbike's. You get dirty. You ride your bike through mud and carry it over obstacles. It's a mass start with everyone jockeying for position, which will probably make an Ironman swim start feel like a walk in the park in comparison. And it's a heart-pumping, never-let-up-on-the-throttle, full out sprint for the whole race. SO. EXCITED!
What's even cooler - a CX race is so much less expensive than a triathlon! And less expensive than most 5ks nowadays. It will be a bargain to race this weekend!
And the best part - some of my girlfriends are racing as well! I'm going to the DCCX clinic on Saturday afternoon so I can have SOME idea of what Sunday will have in store for me. And then racing (and I will even drink beer afterwards because I heard that is what you do at these races) on Sunday morning. I was going back and forth between registering for the Rookie Race and the Women's Cat 4 race and decided to go with the Cat 4 - it's early in the day and it's just women - the Rookie Race is late afternoon and both guys and girls in the same race - I'm already intimidated enough, so I'm going to say no thanks to having an extra shot of testosterone in my wave. A huge thank you to Emily for letting me borrow her cross bike - I promise to return it to you in one piece so you can race later in the day!! And a huge thanks to Karen for lending me pedals and a big thank you to Karen and Melanie for answering my frenzy of texts that were full of questions!! I can't wait to hang out with you girls this weekend and find out how much fun CX races are!!!!