Thanks to Mike Dawson for the fabulous photo from LaVista!
Last year, I gushed about how well-suited the LaVista course was for my...ahem...strengths. LaVista is a permanent 'cross course in Godfrey, Illinois. It's a course with short straights, many corners, and lots of ways to get out of sight. Last year I raced in the open class with the fast guys and got third.
This year, continuing my reality training, I raced with the masters. Since the master's race starts one minute behind the Open field, I figured I could race guys my age and still see how close I could come to competing with the faster, younger crowd. It worked out pretty well, as I was able to get a pretty good lead on the old guys and move up a bit into the Open field. But only just. I caught just a few of the Open guys, and it looked like I would have gotten a whoopin' from at least 5 of guys leading that race.
Oh well. Even though the course was bumpy, I still consider it a must-do on the race calendar. And the barriers were perfect for bunny hopping!
Onward and upward.