I made a last minute decision to hit Blind Date #2 tonight, a night-time cyclocross race at Alpenrose.
The first half of the race was pretty lame, just like last time. Then, with maybe 20 minutes left, somebody passed me and something clicked. I passed him back going over the barriers, and then rode away from him. I tried to catch the next guy up ahead, but he already had a huge gap and I couldn't do it. At first I couldn't even see him. Then he was leaving the velodrome as I was coming in. I could see him on the last lap but there was no catching him. I could have used a couple more laps.
Anyway, it felt good to feel like a racer again. It's been a long time since I've raced the bike so I guess it takes time to adapt. I hope it's a sign of improvement.
On the last lap, going through the twisty grass turns near the finish line, I think I slid out and then clipped a pedal on the ground. Back wheel went up in the air and I ended up sideways with one arm and one leg off the bike. Funny I didn't crash, I'm not sure how I managed to stay upright. But I rode it through the finish line, and moments later my tube exploded. Turns out the bead of my clincher came undone from that sideways hit. But everything held together until I was done racing. Barely.