It just doesn't make any sense. It's a muddy field with some wooden hurdles. If I went to a xc race like this I'd ask for my money back, but I completed my second cross race last weekend and now I'm utterly hooked.
Is this normal?
I think it's the lack of pretension - everyone that turns up for a cx race is there to hurt themselves in the name of sport, it's not fashionable or slick but it is fun...
It's just the right mix of everything good about off-roading on bikes, and it's FAST!
Dunno! maybe your not normal