Is it possible to HYPE nationals five days after it's over? I'm not sure. But I started looking at these numbers and I got psyched for the 2016-17 'cross season, so it was good for something.
I wrote about the crossresults vs USAC predictions last week, but now we can look at what actually happened!
The problem is that you really can't judge the quality of a prediction off a single trial. Take, for example, my latest favorite thing to hate: Powerball. Anyone who bought a Powerball ticket I would predict to lose. However, some people won Powerball -- but that doesn't mean the prediction that they were going to lose Powerball was the wrong prediction, right?
Nevertheless, it's fun to look at, anyway. Let's go.
Katie Compton collected her 12th title in a row, but Georgia Gould gave her the toughest run for her money she's gotten in a long time. Guess whose got two thumbs and a website that predicted Georgia on the podium? this guyyy…
So, are you a cyclist? Do you have a blog? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, I hope you've already written your March Training Blog Post.
You know what I'm talking about. To make it easier for those of you who haven't yet written the required cycling-blogger March Training Post, here is a handy template. Just cut and paste the text and then choose whichever option from the brackets [option1|option2], or add in the details [something vague] for whatever fits your training more accurately, and BAM, blog post DONE!
Early Spring Training Post Template
Just a [quick|surprisingly detailed] update about how training is going this year, in case any of the [joke about small number of readers] care. This week I've done [15 hours|30 hours] in the saddle, [getting up at 4 am|returning after 8pm] each time. It's been pretty chilly out there-- 5 below [celsius|fahrenheit] when I [started|finished] yesterday, but I'm toughing it out because [I…
Hey, remember when I wrote race reports? You might think that I stopped race reporting because blogging is dead (tm), but actually it's because I hurt my IT band in February and have barely ridden, nevermind raced, this year. The cause of the injury? I walked up a canyon for 5 minutes, rock climbed for 2 hours, and then walked back to the car. Yeah, that's it. Well that and 34 years of being alive and doing god knows what to imbalance my body. But in any case... rough times for the brand.
I've been slowly returning to functionality since then and have recently got back to the point where I can ride a mountain bike for 2 whole hours straight (!) as long as I stand up a lot to reduce hip/knee angles. And since I need to race bikes like a shark needs to swim to breathe, I signed up for the Thunder Mountain Enduro since it had less than two hours of total pedaling in it, and you barely pedal in the actual racing parts (lol jinx).