The first race of the season was up in Pennsylvania at Nittany Lion Cross which was part of the MAC series and meant having to race the Masters 1,2,3 race. As a Cat 3 it means being a low man on the totem pole so really I had no expectations and was a warm-up for the rest of the season. Ended up up 39th in a competitive field and got to work on my technical skills which are always a a bit rusty in the first couple of races.
|Nittany Cx 2014 Masters 1,2,3|
|#swaghappy at Interbike with Kyle :-)|
The next ten days were awesome as we had the Wright family out to visit....meeting Gracey for the first time and spending quality bonding time with a fast-growing Hunter, even if he did call me Auntie Iain for the most part ;-) Another race came along at a competitive and brutal course at Charm City cross in Baltimore (probably the regions biggest race). Not sure if Hunter really got what was going on but he loved the cowbell! This race was encouraging as again it was the more competitive Masters 1,2,3 field and I had a good finish in 26th, not too far behind some of the bigger hitters in the local MABRA Masters 1,2,3 field. Good progress as the first month of the cross season came to an end.
|Getting a Hunter hug at the National Zoo|
|Guru Cycles being represented at the Tri for the Chesapeake|
With four races on the weekends and a few days in Vegas, it meant that the overall training volume was lower than usual but critically it means that quality takes precedence over quantity. Although only 45-50mins long, cross races are full gas all the time and takes a lot out of you...being able to recover get a few days of training done and then rest for the weekend it pretty much the recipe to race well.
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September Total: 279.85 Miles / 25 hours 41 minutes
Swim: 10,480 yards / ~5.95 miles / 3 hours 20 minutes
Bike: 214 miles / 14 hours 45 minutesRun: 59.9 miles / 7 hours 36 minutes