Today I headed up to Yellowsprings Ohio (Dave Chappelle lives there!) for an OVCX race at John Bryan State Park. I was feeling better after 4 days off the bike due to a head cold and a lot of coughing. I was itching to race some CX and see what this Raleigh could do, though my gut was telling me to lay low and rest more.
That wasn’t happening.
It was cold as hell, about 37 degrees, the sun was shining and the course was slick from a few days of rain this week. I never have time to pre-ride the course. By the time I get there, a race is usually under way, and I socialize until it’s time to stage.
They did call-ups in the order you register and I reg’d at the last minute so had a back row spot. A sweet lady I know let me have her 1st row spot so we switched places and then they blew the whistle.
I was passed early on by a bunch of women, and I didn’t try to catch them. It was all I could do to keep pedaling, my legs felt like they weighed 100lbs each. My lungs were on fire, and I wasn’t breathing well. The course was grassy, with lots of twists and turns, all pretty flat, no run ups, a little bit of gravel, some barriers, a couple of logs, some singletrack and long stretches of false flats.
The 1st lap was long.
About 20 minutes into the race, I couldn’t catch my breath.
Then the coughing kicked in.
I coughed and gagged and spit and coughed some more.
I wanted to stop the pain and just quit. I could not fucking breathe!
Finally we finished and I went back to the car and puked.
I puked 4xs total and haven’t stopped coughing yet (it’s 8:30pm). I am sucking on a Symbicort inhaler now, and gulping down Robitussin. I haven’t had this “exercise induced asthma” since last November, and I honestly thought it was gone. I never had any problems this summer racing in crits w/ a HR of 185+ for 30+ minutes. I thought this shit was gone! CX is the only type of racing that brings it out.
I think maybe this might be my last season racing CX.
I don’t like feeling this sick after a 30 minute race.
I’ll leave you with a picture Dominic doing some tricks during the race.
P.S. The Raleigh CX bike is R-A-D. I fucking love it. Fits me like a glove, is smooth as butter, but I am just not worthy, dammit! I got 5th out of 10 in my a/g today.by