My day spent officiating a cyclocross race was nothing short
of delightful! Yes, I came home a wee
bit frozen – glad I had those several layers of clothes , and my toque, which I
ended up wearing briefly at the end, when the winds swelled, the clouds greyed
and the skies opened – and a wee bit stiff – standing at the finish line for 5
hours or so, tends to wear on my lower back
- but the overall experience was wonderful! I’m rather shocked that I’m glad I ‘un-retired’
from being a ‘cross commissaire, and aside from figuring out how to keep
totally warm for future events when we know the temperatures will dip and snow
may even fall, I’m looking forward to the next race – perhaps as early as Oct.
5/6, but more likely the 12th
, and a few more after that.
Here’s a brief overview of what cyclocross involves, as ‘demonstrated’
by photos of my husband from a race last year.
Riders race several laps of a course, usually in a park/field, that has some hills, playgrounds for running through sand, muddy bits and so on. Essentially, the sketchier the terrain, the more the riders like it. Seriously!! In some parts, they ride their bikes,
sometimes they have to carry their bikes – over obstacles or up steep
hills/stairs – which are features that must be included in the race –
they fall off their bikes (he did so gracefully, though!).
Yes, it is a
most challenging sport, and one gaining in popularity like you wouldn’t
believe. Me? I’m content to stand on the
sidelines, as an official or a spectator..and ring little cowbells. Cyclocross and cowbells… silly, yet fun!
Okay,on to the important stuff: catching up posts with
cards after the internet issues of the past week. And I’ve decided one card per post…too
confusing otherwise, especially for me!
This week Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge was Cool Shades:
with lovely colours, yet not ones easily found in my papers. Searching was fruitful, though, as was a sketch, from this week's MUSE
challenge, by the talented Marion Vagg:
As you'll see, I took my inspiration from the sentiment. and the layout to create my rather quirky little card:
This puppy reminds me of my salt-and-pepper schnauzer, Casey, who was such a vibrant part of my
life years ago. Cute++++
Thanks so much for your visit; you've added sparkle to my day by dropping by!