Every Wednesday evening for the entire summer, the CU Cycling Club holds a STXC race for 7 different categories as a fundraiser for their racing seasons. They use the CU Research park which has the best singletrack with lots of climbs, descents, corners, 180* turns, burms, jumps, etc and is the punchiest and toughest 25min EVER! You better be warmed up because when the gun goes off, it's a mad sprint from start to finish while you ride technical and fun loops with tons of spectators cheering throughout the entire course.
There have already been 2 races that I've missed, but yesterday I did my hard group session in the morning so I could have even the slightest chance at being recovered by the evening. Although I was wasn't super fresh, I was able to put in a solid effort and end up in 4th behind some fast girls. It was a total blast and I was happy to keep my HR at 187 for over 20min :) If I want to be snappy and on top of it for the cyclocross season, this is where I've gotta start! Stay tuned for more CU STXC updates throughout the summer.