If takes a pretty good amount of will to prevent myself from experimenting too much. Not really relevant to anything in particular.
Of course it's going to rain on the day I try mountain bike racing for the first time. I have never gone into a road race with the goal of not being last. That is decidedly my goal this weekend. On the non-technical parts I should be able to go pretty fast, I just imagine that the real mountain bike guys are going to be so butter when it gets tough. I've spent more time in the dirt than on the road recently (except riding the mtb TO the dirt) so I've had some work on staying upright which has helped a lot. Made it down a wicked long, tight, curved stair section last night that I wouldn't have tried two weeks ago. The fast and flowing sections are getting faster and more flowing. But I'm still far from good, let's be honest.
It's been strongly recommended that I go tubeless before Sunday. If someplace has a Stans kit in stock I might try it. Seems like a big benefit but also a PITA. Changed out the rear shifter cable and went full housing tonight. The cables don't last too long before you're shifting up 3, down 4 and back up 2 to go up 1. It sails up and down those cogs now. I'll probably trash it by Sunday.
If you're still reading by now I apologize. This was easily the most boring post ever.