The Clovis Training Crits is a progressive beginner training program. Each Sunday clinic builds upon the previous week followed by a practice crit which is un-timed. Even though you can jump in and attend any clinic as a stand alone I suggest beginners plan to attend all four clinics.
The tri season is over and coach said to be a normal person. She said go have unstructured fun. Ok, so now what? An incredible season is over and I don’t HAVE to workout or do anything I don’t want to. I’ve taken my dog for some off leash walks next to the river (we usually run on leash instead) and I maintained swimming because it’s easy to show up to. I decided to try out this cyclocross thing. My parents have been volunteering at them for years (my mom makes some bomb breakfast burritos for cross!) so I’ve poked around and watched friends do a few. So far I’ve hit the park 3 times prior to race day; just enough to have an ounce of confidence but not enough to have any idea what I’m actually doing. I borrowed an entry level mountain bike to get started. It’s heavy but the trade off is stability.
This race is very laid back with a late morning start at 10am. It was nice getting to sleep in even while staying 45 minutes away. This race is oriented around UC San Diego’s collegiate team kick off so you can expect all the participants to be young 20 somethings and some family/friends. I’ve never felt “old” at a race before but at 26 I definitely felt old, but that’s ok! (more…)