This past season was a bit of a mixed bag for me. After having relatively good results last year, and a solid summer racing MTB, I thought I would be able to smoothly take the proverbial next step in ‘cross. I don’t know if that resulted in me being complacent, or if I just underestimated how focused everyone would be on the local scene with Nationals here this year, but I spent the first half of the season getting my teeth kicked in. It was only in the late season races that I finally felt like I was starting to be competitive.
The season started auspiciously by missing my callup at the opening TT (which bookended my season neatly with missing my callup again for the B race at Nationals). I didn’t realize it at the time, but that seemed to metaphorically set the tone for much of my early season—not being dialed on the details, then pushing too hard, and not riding technically sound.
Oddly enough, that streak only seemed to be broken when I got a concussion in early November and had to sit out a couple of weeks. Following that unplanned break, I finally was able to rediscover my technical skills, and despite not being able to really train while recovering, my fitness didn’t seem to suffer too much. As a result, I was able to finish the season on an upswing, and our late season weather also helped by making the courses much more fun than they otherwise might have been.
Nationals seemed to roughly mirror my season, as I had a good, fun ride in the B race, but did only okay in the actual Championship event. That week, however, more than made up for any disappointment by being an all time best celebration of Cyclocross. It was so much fun getting to hang out day after day with family and friends and watch exciting racing at all levels. Vicariously enjoying the success of so many from our local community was really a high point of the season for me.
In closing, I’d like to thank my family for always being encouraging about racing, even when my results don’t deserve it. Having Kristal and the kids out there cheering and racing is the best. I’d also like to thank Rob, Errin, and Bard for joining RapidRacing and being great role models in the cycling community. I know this season had its challenges, but you were patient and supportive through it all. Thanks also to our sponsors, Unovelo, American Classic, Fluid Nutrition, Foxtrot Wheel & Edge, and FRS for joining us on this journey! Lastly, I appreciate everyone in the community and anyone that has found us out here on the interwebs for reading and following our adventures.