First race in the 2/3s and it kind of feels like I'm back to square one

I don't really consider these socks to be lucky.

But I was looking forward to wearing them, fresh from Italy, on my first outing in the 2/3s. Which was so brutally short that I didn't even have time to really get them sweaty, so they went straight back in the drawer for next time.

I remember doing my first cat 4 race, back in July last year. And the feeling of the race moving away from me, and being powerless to stop it happening. And so it was once more, on a horrifically windy night up at Odd Down for the first Summer series race which it felt like the Cat 2s had been very much gearing up for. I didn't warm up very well, and I got caught in the wind a bunch of times, and my positioning was poor. Basically, I got everything wrong, and I was spat out in short order and lapped after less than a third of the race. Rubbish. I didn't get my twelve quid's worth.

I know I've come a long way: I've made Cat 3, lost 14kg in weight and I'm generally a fitter and faster rider. It's good to get your arse handed to you by people much faster than you, and be reminded that that's the start of a process rather than the end of one. I've made goals and I've achieved them, no doubt I've taken my foot off the gas a bit. Time to set myself some more, I think. Thanks to Dave for getting me this far, our adventure is not over.

And there's always the 3/4s.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.


notfastenough [3725 posts] 4 years ago

I guess this bit happens to everyone. Keep at it.

mtbtomo [243 posts] 4 years ago

Yep, know the feeling. Got up to 3rd cat last year on reflection somewhat easily - once the huge fields diminished mid-season it was easier to get points. Now feel like I'm not entirely ready for the pace of 2/3/4s, despite a fair chunk of training over the winter.

Does depend on the course though.

Stick at it.

Bez [616 posts] 4 years ago

May I suggest some Sock Guy "Allez" socks?  3https://twitter.com/beztweets/status/591319655660265472

Quince [381 posts] 4 years ago

Just get some luckier socks.