All I remembered about Apple Cross was that I hated it last year, I wanted a scarf, and I didn’t see any apples. This year, I thought the course was great, I found the apples, but alas, no scarf.
Before the race, I took my bike to get a recently surfaced shifting problem fixed and then a completely different shifting problem mysteriously arose. A teammate told me I should have been taking care of this in August, but I was a little distracted in August by a little mountain bike race and getting hit by a car. But excuses aside, he was right, and I thought I DID take care of it in August. Apparently not. So going into the race I was totally distracted and annoyed, during the race I was frustrated and pushing big gears on the climbs and thinking maybe I need to just switch to single speed.
Two women in the 3/4 race passed me, so that was a little demoralizing, but they were pretty good riders who were actually racing and not sulking along like I was. I managed to beat my #1 nemesis, so that was good! She had a bike change, so normally I would make up an excuse like “I only beat her because she had a bike problem,” but I was riding a bike problem, so I call it even.
After the race, I realized that I was only one place out of the money. Cash 7 deep for a race with only 9 people? Yes! Had I realized it sooner, maybe I would have been more motivated to step it up and catch that woman ahead of me. Maybe, but probably not.
My barriers were much improved thanks to my husband letting me know that I need to go faster when we were practicing a few weeks ago. “Just go faster!” But seriously, I was getting off my bike too late and almost coming to a complete stop instead of running into them and he pointed that out. Life changing!