I suppose a comment like this made by a cyclo-cross racer is not terribly extraordinary, but what i meant by this was not quite what you think! It sanded on me - on my head! It literally rained sand.
Apparently our funky weather (hot, muggy, cold, overcast, sunny, almost-rain) is coming from the Sahara Desert and brought with it a bunch of yellow-orange rusty-colored sand that was deposited on top of us. That explains why i have been picking grains of sand out of my head for the past hour.
In a few minutes, i'm back out the house for motorpacing. Keeping the mouth shut may be a good idea to save my teeth from the shooting sand pebbles that will inevitably be coming my way from the scooter wheel.
To get motivated for my ride, i'm watching tour of belgium on the TV. There were already two crashes in the ten minutes i've been sitting here. It looks like they were hit with the rain/sand as well. I just caught a glimpse of Stijn Devolder who clearly lost a bunch of weight for this race. According to a recent interview, he's been routinely checking out the stages during the weeks leading up to the event. He added that he planned to lose 4kg to be best prepared for the race.
And after my ride - of course after i've eaten, elevated the legs, stretched, etc - I'm gonna check out a criterium race live in Zaventem.