I competed in my home MTB race this past weekend and placed 12th in my age group and 72nd in category. I was very pleased with that result, especially because I took 13 minutes off my time from last year.
Next weekend, I will be competing in my penultimate race for the season, I think. I have had a good year on the bike so far and I hope that I can maintain that. I have been fortunate enough to have a rotation that allows me the ability to ride during the weekends. I can only hope next year is similar. If it is, I may try racing for a team. I have consistently gotten stronger and I have improved unbelievably from two years ago when I first got back on the bike.
The biggest thing I can do for myself, I think, is use a trainer more in the coming off-season than I did this past. I will get more base miles in the books and have less to rebuild come next spring.
But right now, I have a few months left to ride this season. I hope I can maximize what remains when I get into the depths of some of my rotations.
It has been an excellent year overall. I have grown closer to a lot of people, including my brother. I have had more races than before, including a duathlon (although I haven’t run since). Cycling is a lifestyle that has the tendency to consume your life if you let it. I dove in headfirst and I don’t regret it.