Yesterday I raced the first trexlertown race of the year/season. But that was also my first outdoor race since the World Championships. That means I went 8 months without a single race outdoors. But the weird part is probably the amount of practices I did outdoor without racing which is really, really high. I didn't notice until yesterday it was that long, which is odd because I love to race. I think the fact that I enjoy outdoor skating so much allows me to do it without ever needing to race a regular schedule which is cool I guess.
Anyway, Cheex came up for the event which was awesome. It had been a while since someone other than Justin and I were there to headline the race which is cool. Is great to get new people there especially because it's a great course. Another reason that it's nice to get other people there is that its a change of pace. That race yesterday was like none I had raced since Chris (Creveling) stopped skating them. There was someone else in the lead and pushing the pace then the normal people that you almost get use to it. Anyway, Cheex had the race pretty fast. It seemed like every lap he had a few spots that he kept picking it up in but his purpose was a fast pace, not a breakaway or anything. By doing so the race had very, very few breakaways but was still faster then what we normally have which is a lot of stop and go breakaway stuff.
In the end Cheex had a great lead out for one of his new teammates this year, Justin. Cheex made the last lap one of the fastest laps which effectively stalled much of the passing that you would expect for positioning reasons on the last lap. Then he pulled out at about the perfect time allowing Justin to have a good 200m sprint to the line which worked well allowing Justin to pick up the first win of the series. Rounding out the top three in Senior was Me and John Ristine.
On the other note I kept reading about how sore everyone is after the first race and it is definitely a reflection of the type of practicing you do I think. Some soreness is to be expected if you haven't raced outdoor recently like a little in the groin area maybe but if you practice outdoor a lot much of the other soreness should not exist, which thankfully I can say definitely doesn't for me.