This past weekend I did my first XC race. I was pretty much garbage but I figured I'd write this down for review later. Essentially all my failings as a rider were exposed. Those failings were:
I'm terrible at cornering. Unfortunately singletrack is full of corners and I was all over the brakes.
I'm a bad mechanic. My crank arm came off at the end of lap 2 of 3.
The first lap consisted of me moving steadily back once we hit the twisty bits, which I expected, but I lost ground a bit faster than I thought I would as I kept getting knocked off where I managed to do just fine in the pre-ride. I would then let a bunch of people past and saw everyone who was out on the course.
Most of my fellow riders were very supportive, except for one who felt the need to yell and talk trash even though he was as slow as I was overall.
Gotta keep the focus on just using these to force me to get better on the bike. CX season approaches.