One last cross race of the season. I have to admit I wasn’t all that excited to race in January – four weeks since Nationals. I had only ridden my bike twice since Nats, and have been doing some running and stairs – basic stuff.

But once we got to the race site in Bellingham, at Cornwell Park, I was actually really excited to ride the bike again. The course was really fun, the park is beautiful and it makes for a great cross course!!

I did a warm up lap and surprising my legs felt pretty strong. Very well rested, but strong. This particular series is very small, but really run well and they have great courses. Everyone should check them out next year and add them to your list of races. Well worth the drive.

There were five women in the A/B race. More than I’d expected, so "thank you" to the ladies who came out! They lined us up at the back of the Master B and B Men, and we all started together. There were maybe 30 people total. So when the gun went off I tried to get through as many guys as I could. It worked by the end of the first lap, as I was halfway through the guys and really feeling awesome. I kept up the effort and passed a lot more guys. I am not sure where I ended up in the men, but I believe I was in the top 5 to 10, for sure.

And I won the Women’s A race.

Yes, it was really hard getting motivated to race in January, but I am really glad I did and I plan to do it again next year.

What a year! Time now to get the road and MTB bikes in order and change the mental focus.

I already can’t wait  for ‘cross in 2010!

–Cindy Berg