Did back-to-back races over the weekend as I'd planned, first time I've ever attempted that but seem to have recovered quite well.
Chilly both days, but once racing was in progress I didn't really notice that, and only felt cold during the before & after bits!
Despite some weather-based pessimism on the rather parky ride over from Kings Sutton station, the Central League race at Brackley on Saturday turned out to be a cracker - thanks to all involved for designing a brilliant course. Although my speed on the flat-out sections isn't up to much, I seemed to be OK at holding faster guys' wheels on the technical parts (especially the chicane/slalom stretch prior to the hurdle - that was good fun) and some of the banks too. Unlike some unfortunate competitors I also avoided hitting the deck on what was a slippery surface in parts as all of that recent rain which made Prospect Park at Reading such a mudbath obviously hadn't dried out entirely. I rolled home 62nd of 82, not bad by my standards. Provided I can get the Saturday off work again, then assuming A5 Rangers run a 2013 repeat, I'll be back for more!!
The following day's Wessex outing at Harwell was a different kettle of fish and I really struggled, due to the wind and the nature of the course (mostly designed around a huge mound of chalk & clay spoil dug out from when the Diamond synchrotron was built, apparently - on Sunday it proved to be exposed and windswept in an otherwise flattish spot) rather than any after-effects of Saturday. The super-steep ascents, barmy descents and plethora of off-camber stretches made for really hard work; somehow I fought the urge to throw in the towel and put myself through 6 laps of mild torture to roll in a paltry 33rd of 36. Probably a good decision in hindsight as none of my clubmates rode at Harwell allowing me to make up ground on them in the challenge for the club CX trophy.
The journey home proved to be longer than expected thanks to First Great Western - I was glad to be finally home and out of the cold and rain around 8pm, rather later than I'd hoped.