One thing that happens when I think about these posts is that they can be a bit long-winded. No worries about that tonight. Everybody wins.
So sometimes when I'm writing these, I think - wouldn't it be funny if I use the "F" word?
Anyway - about 30 minutes ago, I solidified something that I've been trying to shape up for the last 2 weeks or so. I'm racing cross on Saturday. There are races on both Saturday and Sunday, but I have to rake leaves on one of those days.
Earlier in the week, Saturday looked to be the only nice day of the weekend. I had to reserve that for raking the fucking leaves (tell me that's not funny). I hadn't noticed that Sunday looks about the same as Saturday.
On a jra session today - Brady said "rake on Sunday." Thanks Brady.
Now the dilemma is whether to race "Cat 4" or "Masters 40+".
Cat 4 starts at noon. Masters starts at 11 AM. Masters would be stiffer competition and perhaps slightly out of reach for my current skill level. Who am I kidding - so is Cat 4. But I can sleep in an hour later if I do that one.
When you go to USACycling and register for a race, they have this nifty little thing called a "race predictor".
It does some magic with all of the entrants and their racing history and assigns this mysterious number that somehow estimates the strength of that rider. The race predictor orders the entrants from lowest number (best) to highest.
After I enter, I will be able to see what my number is. The current entrants of the Cat 4 race are:
|1||Lance Moran||Central Plains Cycling||Sioux Falls, SD||401.10|
|2||TODD RAMSEY||The Bike Way Racing||Omaha, NE||414.89|
|3||Ben Cork||Jefferson, SD||501.35|
If I join this race, I expect to see something like: Fred Cube 505.91
But if I join the Masters:
|1||Randall Crist||Greenstreet Velo Club||Omaha, NE||278.42|
|2||Brent Linn||Powerade - Independent Fabrication||Sioux City, IA||337.29|
|3||Harry Fortney||DMOS Racing Team||Kelley, IA||379.77|
|4||Kevin Vanderlinden||Sioux City Velo||Sioux City, IA||557.08|
Oh looky there. Last time I looked, Kevin Vanderlindenhoser wasn't signed up. Well, let's see what happens ...
Ok well - I am still predicted to be in last place. Damn. It came out to Fred Cube 561.25
That's close enough to Kevin Hemoglobin as far as I'm concerned. Look out Lederhosen, here I come. And by the way - Ben Cork - Even though you have that impressive 501.35, I wouldn't get too comfy, I'll be coming at you with one more race under my belt since I'm racing Masters, then Cat 4 on Saturday. Oh snap. Yes I did.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to start training for the cross races that are taking place 36 hours hence.
And I'll say - Good day sir!