PT Guy and I made it to the short-track races last night in time to catch the end of the 2nd-to-last race.
We found our way across the course and I found the Rogue Racing folks, who directed me to the guy who was wrangling volunteers. We got our volunteer duties sorted (we decided to stay and help tear down the course after the races). Then someone asked me if I was a mountain biker, and I replied, "Oh, no, I'm more of a road bike guy, really."
Another rider on the scene said, "Oh, me too!"
Then the volunteer coordinator guy said, "Wanna ride? We'll find you a bike!"
Sadly, I had to decline — it looked like a heck of a lot of fun, but my leg is definitely not yet ready for those hills, let alone busting butt with the Cat 1s (who constituted the remaining race). However, I was reminded yet again what I love about the cycling community around here — Louisville is well-stocked with passionate bike nuts who really want to see you on a bike.
We hung out and watched the last race, including some very impressive performances from both men and women (they ran at the same time). The winner of the men's Cat 1 race was seriously fast. The best thing is that they looked like they were having fun. Suffering sometimes, of course (there was at least one pretty impressive climb), but still having fun. I would really like to try the short-track thing some time. I don't think I'll be ready in time for the last race in this series (next Wednesday evening), but maybe the'll run some others later in the year.
The tear-down process was surprisingly enjoyable — but, then, it mostly consisted of walking around in the park, which is fun even when it's not tangentially related to something involving bikes :)
This morning I took the Allez for another spin. PT Guy isn't feeling too great, so I went out alone and tooled around on the roads. I continue to be delighted with the road bike.