So, the last 'cross race has passed and with it the cycling season. I look back at a year with some great rides, and though I admit to a love/hate relation with racing...I definatley didn't get to do all the races I wanted to. On the other hand the races I did do were awesome, and surprising. I need to stretch my memory all the way back to Jeff's Moose Mtn Hillclimb for my first race...I had no idea how it would go...as usual I just pinned it. The cool part of that race was seeing and sensing the pre-race nervousness that I feel in everyone there. I think Paul sums it up best as "that weird place between excitement and nausea." It's like that. I usually dread the start, but once the gun goes off I'm full-on focus. I recall the riding with Lev, and Scott...good rides for sure, until the last 15 km...ouch. I've got to curb the urge to lead everyone out for the first 15! I had a lot of fun at our pre-ride of the Stampede road race. Jack set us up into teams to race sections of the course...I learned something of my impulsiveness, and then Jack schooled me. That was cool. There was the ride to Highwood pass with Scott, complete with every type and direction of wind, some rain, and a big 'ol Griz running towards us down the side of the road. The Cochrane hill repeats with Mike...ouch.
I had an awesome adventure with two buddies on the Forget-Me-Not Mountain rounder...If you haven't done that yet, you must. It's a beautiful route. The surprise for me was the Hillclimb TT at Norquay. I had a goal for a time to beat...and I remember when I told Lev, he just dead-panned "Mark, you know goals need to be realistic." Well, we all need to dream. I can say that I lived that dream, and a bit more...I also want to thank the team for putting together another superb edition of our 'cross race. Somehow we set a new-higher standard each time, I am excited to see how it turns out next year. So yeah, I have lots to be happy about. How about you?