The Bad - Oakbank School
|Never before experienced suffering|
For winter cross proper, the heat of the day at the opening round of the 2012 Yorkshire Points Cyclocross at Oakbank School, Keighley, was incredible oppressive! I find Oakbank a pretty intense course to start with, without having to battle against the elements too.
Two minutes into the race, following a sprint lap of a playing field and a vicious foot climb up a steep and long grassy bank, I was spent. Lack of proper prep in the fitness stakes, and warm up, along with in the food, and fluid department, meant a very rapid a spike in heart rate and breathing. The legs simply went! All that was left to do for the remainder of the race was just cling on best I could.
Fading fast, and lapped several times by people I don't often see at all in a race, let along get lapped by, was rather embarrassing. Afterwards all I could do was retreat to the car and drink drink drink!
One round to to put down to experience I feel.
The Good - Thornes Park
|Giving it the beans in the bends|