Photo: courtesy of Mountain Moon Photography
The level of cross-leticism (my made-up word of the day) in Colorado is insane. It's why many of the pro's choose to live and train here. Watching any of our higher level athletes taking a barrier or a set of stairs is simply awe-inspiring. But it can be a touch intimidating at the same time. The obvious cure for feelings of cross-inadequacy is practice. If you're like me, however, practicing by yourself usually means doing the following:
- taking a few laps "kinda fast".
- haphazardly leaping barriers 2-3 times.
- sprinting through a playground sand pit (MOVE IT, TODDLERS!! It's CROSS SEASON!) and finally--
- taking pictures of sunsets and rain-clouds.
THIS is why the "cross-rich" get richer and the "cross-poor" get...like me. It's practice with others. Oth-therrss. Race-pace practice. Not "Katie-pace" practice. But that seems like even MORE work. Getting everyone together, a barrage of emails to a group that get "replied to all" and so on and so forth. Exhausting. If it's one thing I've learned as a mom, it's LET OTHERS DO THE WORK FOR YOU. And thankfully, Lee Waldman does just this with his Back to Basics Series in Golden.
The series (sponsored by Back to Basics Health Center, Feedback Sports, and Pedal Pushers Racing), runs through September; the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. And it's CHEAP ($15 per day or $45 for the series). In fact, you can make it even cheaper. Lee is looking for a little help (given all the mowing he's been doing, the man is DUE). If you work registration at any race, you race for free. OR come for a labor day on Labor Day. Help him get the course in tip-top, rip-roaring shape. Work an hour and get a free race. Win-win for everyone.
- For more information, click here or contact: Lee Waldman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 720-313-5312.
- Motivational Cyclocross Memories. Sweet video from the past by Jamie Servaites.
- Skills, Drills & Bellyaches: a Cyclocross Primer by Bill Schieken.
- Join 303's Grassroots cx team.