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What'ya mean there's no more 'cross?

Indeed it is that time of year. Oy. Sort of like when a TV show ends with a To be continued... ALWAYS a bummer. I've got all this restless energy still and not sure if I should do pre-work intervals or maybe just go and spin around and do wheelies on my single speed. I'm a bit lost. There's a race on the 3rd, but not even sure where I'll be at that time this January. This time last year, it was frenetic. Trying to maintain fitness between the last Colorado race and going to Belgium.

So with all this restlessness, I decided to reflect a little on the season. All-in-all, I can't complain. 8th overall and a enough top 10's to satiate, but I know that I have a couple of surprises left in the legs. The Firecracker 50 just isn't enough for training for 'cross. Ha! The summer was spent with my head far far away from bikes, and when I came rushing into the 'cross season, it was done so with a complete 'Hmm, let's just see where you end up' kind of attitude. No expectations, just flow. And so it was. I think that with the exception of my barrier clippings at Xilinx and Chatfield, the cleanliness goal was met. The racing was done with no technical issues...rolled tires, failures, flats, weak lines, bad technique....and I think I rolled as smoothly as I have ever. So, I had that going for me this season...

What's next? Each year....even after a decade of racing our sport...I strive for better. Each year I spend the first 1/2 of the year contemplating the changing of the leaves. This contemplation starts from the time I clean the bikes after their last race and hang up the tubulars for their winter/spring hiatus until mid summer when I start taking the bikes down of their hooks, re-fill the tires and just feel the bikes again. Each year I take 'em down a bit earlier. Each year I say to myself, can you go at this again? Can you get closer to hands in the air? Can you continue to balance?

I think it's longing that keeps me alive.

Reader Comments (5)

well since you will be back in Belgie Jan 2010 dont start too early:-)

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKurt P.

We've been done with CX in Central NY since Thanksgiving. I might suggest SS MTB rides, dodging snowplows on the winter bike, drinking heavily, or if all else fails build a snow man and then punch it in the face. It really takes the edge off, and if you still have spare energy, you can just build another head and repeat until your family can tolerate you again.

Your blog has inspired a similar site, albeit a little more warped and lame, from a teammate and I. If you get REALLY bored, you can give it a read while you contemplate what to do now that CX is over. Unfortunately since CX has ended, most of our recent posts revolve around espresso, winter rides, and beer.

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSkinny Phil

That's really a typical cyclocross-rider feeling. The end of a season seems too bad...

Don't let us without M&C cross updates please Greg. And give us regular infos about new sexy toys :-)

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterClement

KP: I'm dreaming about it, man. We've got to make that happen again.

Skinny Phil: Great to hear from you! That is a hilarious blog you guys have there!

Clement: Oh, you'll be seeing some posts for sure. Mountain biking season is right around the corner!

December 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I agree with the SS MTB rides but come on....there's room for one more CX race.

December 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelis

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