...it's over. CX season that is. I'm done. Somehow made it through Louisville & that was my short term goal, or was it my longterm? Quit while your ahead or at least while you perceive your ahead. I don't feel happy I'm done but at this point it feels like I would be forcing it. I felt great in Louisville, both days. Big show, big fields, good time. Quit while your ahead.
I knew months ago I wouldn't make it to the last USGP stop when they moved the races from Portland to Bend. Portland was a strong possibility but Bend made it a challenge. Too much effort to get to Bend, Portland made way more sense. Bend venue is pretty sweet but off the beaten path. Too much cash outlay to race a couple sub-40 minute races. Last year the USGP finale was in Portland followed by Nats the following weekend in Bend, trip made more sense last year. Raced 5 times in 7 days.
Nats...I knew a year ago when they moved Nats to January that I probably wouldn't make it. Too late, I can't even keep the fire burning into December. It has usually taken everything I've got to make it through Nats in December let alone in January. Worlds...was never on my radar. I won't rule it out completely but there's a 1% chance that I might go to Nats.
Been sick all week but felt the worst yesterday, haven't missed the local since I started racing in '04. Woke up today feeling better in some respects but worse in others. It needed to be way warmer than it is for me to drag my ass out there today.
So now what? Shit, I don't know. Maybe I'll bundle up & go clean the leaves out of the gutters.
made it down to somewhere in the KC area Saturday to race. albeit a short course, it had some tough bits. the 360 crew laid out a good track. even more memorable than the racing was the overall good vibe, thick. a few years back I used to race down there all the time, road & cx. made lots of bonds with folks. it was great seeing some people I hadn't seen in a while & seeing some I only see once a year maybe. lap after lap the cheers & support from all those in attendance kept the fire stoked. thanks.
reloading for louisville this weekend, trying to keep it all together...
...the puddle right after the start/finish was the least of my worries. Sitting on the trainer before the race I had told myself that I was going to avoid that puddle & not start the race off with wet feet. I already knew the course from a pre-ride on Saturday so no need to leave the comfort of the tent & trainer. After the whistle & my successful avoidance of the "the puddle" after the start, it wasn't long before I discovered the three stream crossings on the course created by the heavy rain/wet snow that fell all day. Wet feet, deal with it. I've raced in colder & wetter conditions...whatever. KC Nats in '07 it was in the 20's, snowing, & we had to ride through two big ponds each lap. That was wet & cold!
Thanks to all that make the Wednesday-nighters happen. It pretty much sets the tone for my Thursday, tired & out of it. Seriously though, thanks to those who help pull it off.
I'd guess maybe 8 people made the 1 hour trip up from Lincoln, good job to all those that did & to everyone else that ventured out of their warm homes to willingly make themselves uncomfortable.