Wednesday, December 8, 2010

my 2010 racing season: by the numbers

(Stats taken from the OBRA results pages.)

2010 racing season - results

place

Race

Category

Date

15

USGP of Cyclocross

Masters Women

12/05/2010

15

OBRA CCX Championship

Singlespeed Women

11/20/2010

28

Cross Crusade: Washington County Fair Complex

Masters Women 45+

11/07/2010

32

Cross Crusade: Portland International Raceway

Masters Women 45+

10/24/2010

28

Cross Crusade: Alpenrose Dairy

Masters Women 45+

10/03/2010

3

OBRA STXC

SS Women

08/14/2010

5

Portland MTB Short Track Series Overall

Singlespeed Wmn

06/21 - 08/02/2010

7

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Women

08/02/2010

7

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Wmn

07/19/2010

9

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Wmn

07/12/2010

DNF

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Women

07/05/2010

6

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Women

06/28/2010

2

Portland MTB Short Track Series

Singlespeed Women

06/21/2010


As you can see, my season this year began in June and ended in early December. For someone who doesn't yet know how to train, cannot afford a coach and works full time, this is a fair amount of activity for a second season of racing. You can also see that regular participation changes the math. By racing six of the seven weeks of short-track and finishing five of those races successfully, I managed to land in fifth place in the overall series standings, even though I finished last or near-last every time. (My second place showing at the first short-track race happened because there were only three of us in the new Womens' singlespeed category, and the third woman DNF'd on a mechanical.) All those top-ten finishes reflect the smaller fields of a brand-new category; but they also means a lot of points and those points add up.

What do I take from this? That Womens' singlespeed is growing and that more women will sign up for the category next year -- so I had better learn how to train if I hope to stay in the top ten at short-track.

There is talk of adding Womens' singlespeed to the Cross Crusade (be still, my heart). If that happens I will definitely enter at least four of the Crusade races and possibly more if the transportation and scheduling work out. It's one thing to race in my masters' age group on my singlespeed bike, but quite another to race against other women who are all on singlespeed bikes. Even though I will likely be the oldest woman out there in the latter case, that latter case is what I want. Call me crazy. Call me hopeful.

2 comments:

Judi said...

i think we got a women's ss cat for next year, and we can thank you for it. i woulda never asked if i didn't know you. :0)

bikelovejones said...

OMG! For real? Yippee!!

..::jumps up and down, making excited non-verbal noises::..

So -- are you going to race it?