First cross race of the 2021 season was Grant Park. Friends were going to be there, including Karen Richardson, who, if you know her, has the best "I'm going to kill you" face when she races. However, oddly enough, despite numerous photos from the race, she's all smiling in them like you see here.
So, Grant Park, nice location, close to home, plenty of spectators and I somehow managed to convince my brother to give it a go as it was ‘only 30 minutes, how hard can it be?’. Ha. He’s not raced before. He knows nothing. I’ve raced 30 minute crits and was expecting similar type effort. Embrace the pain. What made this even more entertaining was that the men’s 5 and the women’s 4/5 race at the same time, with the men starting with a 30-60 second head start. At least I’d have a rabbit to chase (the sibling rivalry is strong in our household!).
The race starts off nicely enough, dodging some folks, chasing others and before I knew it, overtook my brother (ha! SEE YA!). Got in a nice rhythm, I can deal with punchy climbs, slide through a corner or two but then there’s the barriers… and running... YUCK. Normally this would also be where you get hand-ups, but Covid sucks so no goodies. Round and round we go until we hit 30 minutes at which point I’m ready to collapse (it’s a race, so nothing new here) and apparently I’ve gotten 3rd. Really? Ugh. That means I will definitely have to do another race now.