I always thought that cross practice got smaller because it got colder. With 60 degree temperatures and our smallest DCCoD turn out this year, I guess that was not the case.
Still we had quite the hardy group with FFA, Monkey, Papa Smurf, Chuck (FIL), The Belgian
(belgian work horse in action)
Work Horse, Dennisbike, Erik, E-town, Slick Rick, Robby, Leo, SpotPaul, and I’m sure I missed someone. The reality is that cross is damn hard, and keeping your rhythm can be very challenging. I did 12 mountain bike races from April 1st-August 18th, I’ve done 12 cross races from Sept 25-now. That speaks to the intensity of this game. Still I admit there was a great sadness that came over me as I realized that after tonight we have just 2 cross practices and 2 races left. For many Reston will end the year, for those of us brave enough, or just stupid enough, we’ll make the trek to Providence to measure our salt against the best of the nation. Either that or just be the most obnoxious group of Katie fans ever. But I digress, just 2 more practices then everyone on the DCCoD will go back to their off season endeavors, I was kinda bummed.
(Tom doing the clark kent in his car after practice. you can thank my slow camera for not getting the full moon shot)
Some will face the weekly challenges of the PWC, some will head to the woods, and as much fun as that is, it’s never the same as cross. Some guys are ready to be done, I’m not sure I am. November was horrible for me for the most part, in the past week I have finally started to ride pain free, started to feel good again, this is very encouraging for me. Is it too little, too late? I’m banking not. Although I will say my legs were pretty shitty tonight at practice.
(after a BRUTAL sunday practice, e-town in oxygen debt totally locked his keys in the car. Here the DCCoD comes to his aide. Cheers erupted as Tom sprung the door open.)
I love cross. Now if I could just get Buddy (the leg breaker), Matt (run Forest), Todd (el presidente), Les (international man of mystery, and John W. (bikeline’s Todd) to get into cross it would be perfect. Oh, btw I’m think next Tuesday when I do my Newark Night Neighborhood stomp of stopping by the Compton’s and doing a little Christmas Caroling.
I think they’d think it was funny. Anyone game?
Jan pulled the so-pro move of the year, showing up at the end of practice to see where we were going to eat. That’s so euro.