AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR I PUT 3 'A' RACES ON MY CALENDAR. They all seemed outlandish and outrageous. I accomplished one, DNS'd one, and blew off the last. I'm not exactly sure where I went wrong...
... but I'm feeling like a loser, quitter.
LoToJa, I got the coveted lottery.
Paid the princely registration.
Blew it off.
Marathon Nats, didn't even bother signing up.
But, it happens...
... at least it happened to me.
Honestly, looking back on it I think the gravel races messed me up. And, I think they messed me up for a couple of reasons.
First, I treated them as B races. Didn't taper. Didn't train specifically. Totally winged it...
... and that was a mistake.
Because, once I got on the start line I had a real Hellyeah! attitude and just went for it. Raced way beyond my prep, and went very deep.
Rock Cobbler was terribly hard. Crushar In The Tushar massively masochistic. And BWR, was super fun but weeks away from Nats.
In each case, though I had some surprisingly good results, I came out mentally drained. Physically, I was probably fine. In fact, looking at my numbers I had big fitness gains...
... but, I couldn't shake the belowthesurface dread of peaking again.
So, here I am.
Calendar in hand.
A few MTB races out there.
They're C races at this point. I'm going because I'm a sponsor. Maybe I should call them See races, instead.
See the country.
See my friends.
See how I feel.
There is however one, gigantic takeaway.
It is incredibly powerful to post your 3 main goals, on a humongous calendar. There is no denying that fact. Seeing it in Sharpie. Large. It works on your mind. Conditions you to believe. Forces you to take charge of your schedule.
That 3rd place and Silver Corral at Leadville, blew my mind.
For sure, I'm shooting for a podium at Leadville. For sure, I'll go to Nats.
I'm not sure what if there will be a third A race... though I suspect it will be something gravelish.
What do you see in your future?
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