Recovering from CX

That little hour riding around the cyclocross course in Baton Rouge last Sunday is still with me. As always seems to be the case when I fall, one side of my neck is still sore to the touch. There’s a dull off-and-on headache on once side of my head that is either from that or from sinus irritation. Then there are the other aches and pains that were related more to riding and running than falling, although for me that latter two are sometimes indistinguishable to the untrained eye. This morning That little hour riding around the cyclocross course in Baton Rouge last Sunday is still with me. As always seems to be the case when I fall, one side of my neck is still sore to the touch. There’s a dull off-and-on headache on once side of my head that is either from that or from sinus irritation. Then there are the other aches and pains that were related more to riding and running than falling, although for me that latter two are sometimes indistinguishable to the untrained eye. This morning I was a little surprised to see the thermometer at 51F. I thought the forecast had been for something more like 54, not that three degrees would have mattered much except psychologically. This morning we tried taking the Lafitte Greenway bike path from Jeff. Davis, since the Wisner overpass is now closed and we would need to find out way over to Marconi anyway. That was OK, although of course there was still the very rough stretch from City Park Avenue to the underpass. Out at the lake there was a pretty big group that came together, and still feeling kind of achy I quickly decided to just hang around at the back. Right after the turnaround out in Kenner my phone rang. A phone call at that hour of the morning is never a good thing. By the time I got it out of my pocket it had already gone to voicemail, but I could see it had come from my father. I had to sit up and remove my glove in order to check the voicemail, and by the time I was finished with that the group was long gone. Fortunately, there was practically no wind, so I just rolled back into town at 19 mph or so. It was a pretty morning with the temperature in the low 50s, so it was kind of nice to be riding solo. I probably needed another recovery day anyway. Traffic on Marconi coming back was much heavier than usual and of course there were now a lot of cars coming down Harrison Avenue from Wisner because of the detour, so making the left turn onto Harrison took quite a while and still didn’t feel particularly safe. I think they have changed the light cycle too so that it stays red for Marconi longer than it used to. When I came out of the park and crossed the bayou I was surprised to see the uptown group just ahead of me. They must have gotten tied up with traffic too, plus Brian had called me to see if I was OK since I’d disappeared out of the group at the lake. It looks like the next cold front will be coming through during the day tomorrow. The chance of rain starts going up at 7 am, so hopefully we’ll get through the WeMoRi before it starts raining, but it doesn’t look like it’s for certain.

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