2013 was a bit of a rebuilding year for me. After injury and illness wrecked my fitness at the end of the 2012 season, I never seemed to get back into solid form. In addition to my marginal fitness, this year was a bit too hectic off the bike to expect anything more than mediocre results.
Inconsistent would be a good word to describe my results in cross this year. It seemed like I was dealing with a different bike issue every week, from brakes to tires to components. Symbolic of the entire season, I came down with a pesky cold around the middle of December, which slowed me down at the state cx championships, and I considered racing nationals until a snow storm blew in the week before and rendered the course a bit too treacherous for my liking.
I raced 15 times in 2013, a lighter schedule than usual, including two duathlons, a hill climb, a time trial, and 10 cross races. I actually feel like I’m in better overall shape right now than at any point last year. I will be running the masters cross country championships in Boulder on February 15th, which might be stretch for how little running I’ve done, but we’ll see.
For 2014, I will be racing more multisport and likely some hill climbs and time trials. I have designed a decent indoor cycling room in my basement, so the weekly snow storms haven’t really hurt my fitness too much. I’m definitely more optimistic about the possibility of better results in 2014.