Any of you who have been following my racing or results from this year know that so far this season I've pretty much sucked. I've been battling some crappy form, which makes my lack of motivation even worse, but the last couple weeks I've felt things finally coming around a little. I've gotten in a couple of really good training rides, and actually felt OK in a race or two.
I've been planning all year on going to The Cascade Cycling Classic this coming week, but over the last month it's become clear that I wouldn't be making the 6 man team that Rio Grande is sending. I considered going and paying my own way, but that would have meant buying a return ticket to get home as the team is going on to BC Superweek and I don't have a passport and didn't realize I needed one to go to Canada until it was too late. Since traveling isn't happening, I'll be sticking around Colorado to represent the team at some local crits, then heading home to SoDak for a week or so to see some family and get some stuff for my new house.
Back to the original focus of this, I'm starting to feel a little bit more like myself on the bike lately. Last week at Dead Dog I was able to ride at the front in the crit, be a little aggressive, and contribute (in my opinion) to the team absolutely dominating the race. As a team, we won 4 of the 5 primes, I got one, as well as winning the race with an outstanding effort by Logan Garey and putting 4 riders in the top 7.
Hopefully this weekend will be more of the same for me, although I'll have to get back to my roots of riding crits without teammates and being a little smarter and more tactical than I have been in the past few races. Wish me luck, or come out to Niwot and make some noise on Sunday.
Thanks for checking in.